In 1945 Pierre Cardin moved to Paris and studied architecture. He then went to work for the houses of Madame Paquin, Elsa Schiaparelli, and then Christian Dior before founding his own company in 1950. In 1954, Cardin gained fame thanks for his Bubble Dress. He was the first couturier to look to Japan as a market for high fashion. Travelling there in 1957, he was made an honorary professor in Bunka Fukosa design college and the impact of Japanese design was apparent in his work since.