Pierre Cardin: 'The Entire Fashion Scene Nowadays Is Nothing But Costumes'

04/24/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

At 87 years old, Pierre Cardin has six decades of designing under his belt...and the couturier--who isn't senile, as he points out--really isn't impressed with the industry these days. He told the Telegraph UK, "The entire fashion scene nowadays is nothing but costumes."

"To know whether a designer's left a mark on fashion you need to close your eyes and think what they represent," he says. "Chanel left her little suit, Paco Rabanne's about metal. Courreges left a mark as did Elsa Schiaparelli, Madeleine Vionnet, Pierre Cardin."

Cardin insists that fashion should be wearable.

"Fashion and design are not the same. Fashion is what you can wear. Design can be unpleasant and unpopular but it's creative. So design is where the real value lies," he explained.

Cardin is currently planning a fashion show to mark his brand's 60th anniversary.