A view shows the Palais Bulles (or Palace of Bubbles) by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag in Theoule-sur-Mer, near Cannes, Southern France, May 11, 2015. The 68th Cannes Film Festival will run from May 13 to 24, 2015.
You could enjoy this view while sipping pastis.
Image: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Even before the Dior show, the location often served as the backdrop for swanky events. Its stunning views, fanciful form, and proximity to Cannes, where the film festival occurs each year, have made it a choice venue.

Not all the events hosted at the Bubble Palace, however, have been quite so refined as the Dior presentation.

The MTV At the Movies party at the Pierre Cardin villa, Palais Bulles, near Cannes during the 55th Cannes Film Festival, May 18, 2002.
A Cannes party thrown by MTV in 2002. Stay classy, MTV.
Image: Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect

The clothes Raf Simons showed stood up to their stunning surroundings, and the owner of the home, Mr. Pierre Cardin himself, was on hand to enjoy it all.

The event was the closing of a circle, in some ways. Cardin worked for Christian Dior himself back in the late 1940s, during the era of Dior’s ”New Look,” which revolutionized the way women in Europe dressed.

Cardin struck out on his own a few years later, and in 1954 had a huge international hit (pdf) with his “bubble dress.” (It had no design correlation with the Bubble Palace, which Cardin purchased in 1989, but we suspect he may have had a soft spot for bubbles.) Cardin continued innovating, creating geometric and at times futuristic shapes, as well as new practices. He scandalized the French fashion world when he launched the first luxury ready-to-wear collection in 1959.

It was a nice touch by Raf Simons to show Dior ready-to-wear at Cardin’s house all these years later.

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