The making of a fashion innovator: Antonio Berardi

posted by on 2011.04.29, under articles of interest, top fashion designers

Born in Britain to Sicilian parents, Berardi marries old-school London tailoring with chic and colourful Italian styles. As a result, he has become a key designer in both countries.With a flattering and striking approach to tailoring, and an artistic appreciation of a woman’s body, Antonio Berardi quickly gained a following with the London glitterati.

With this sartorial passion established during childhood, Berardi secured his first job in fashion as John Galliano’s assistant before he’d even been accepted at London’s prestigious Central St Martins college of art and design. Galliano’s intensity and uncompromising vision was a profound influence on Berardi, and his 1994 graduation collection attracted the likes of luxury fashion retailers Liberty and A La Mode.

His debut catwalk show at London Fashion Week in 1995 featured a scantily clad Kylie Minogue modelling a red lingerie-inspired dress. Madonna quickly became a fan, while Victoria Beckham was a front row guest at one of his early shows and said: “Antonio knows how to make a woman feel sexy yet contemporary.”

That passion was never clearer than in 2008, when Gwyneth Paltrow wore his black and white trompe l’oeil lace panelled corset dress to a film preview in Paris of Two Lovers.

As shown in his AW11 collection, Berardi has not completely rejected his body-con sensibilities, but he is diversifying, lending his Anglo-Italian influences to an altogether more sophisticated silhouette.  With his approach to fashion design well establish Antonio is on his way to become one of the great ones of our era.
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