MOSCOW — French fashion magnate Pierre Cardin signed a contract with the Soviet Union on Wednesday to make designer clothing especially geared to the Soviet life style.
Cardin told a news conference after a signing ceremony with the Soviet deputy minister of light industry that it is his "dream to dress up all the 280 million people" of the Soviet Union.
The clothing will "express the spirit of France in the Soviet Union" and will be designed to accommodate the work and life styles of Soviet citizens in 21 fashion lines introduced each fall and spring, Cardin said.
"Fashion in such a great country as Russia should not come as such a surprise to others," Cardin said.
The French designer will have his own 324,000-square-foot factory and store--roughly the size of 10 football fields--in the Olympic Village area of Moscow for cutting rooms, displays and sales of his clothing. But, since the project is still in the incubation stage, he could not estimate when the store would open.