Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Giambattista Valli - Fall 2012 Couture

 Jaw. Drop.

These designs are stunning. This is the first time I have been exposed to Giambattista Valli and it most certainly won't be the last now that he's on my radar!

It's always so exciting to come across designers that were previously unknown to my amateur fashion-self. Bear with me while I get myself with the program.

For all those of you who have been cruising in the same paddle boat as yours truly, here is a some bio on Giambattista Valli via the Fashion Model Directory:

Giambattista is a French Designer, not an Italian. Although he was born and raised in Italy. He was born in Rome, in the city where he grew up. He obtained his education from one of Rome's Vatican schools, during a conservative childhood.

He got his first job in fashion working with Cecilia Fanfani planning couture shows in Rome. A job in public relations with Roberto Capucci led to a promotion to the design staff.

Valli credits his work with Capucci with teaching him about the nuances in the relationship between atelier and master as well as the fundamental technical aspects of color and volume. From there he found employment with Fendi and Krizia. In 1997 he was appointed art director of fashion for Emanuel Ungaro ready-to-wear. In 2001 he earned a promotion to art director of Ungaro's rtw and younger Ungaro Fever lines.

In March 2003 Valli introduced a disco flavored line in Paris, France. His designs featured flouncy chiffon minidresses over leggings, cigarette pants, and an ample amount of fur. Spurned by the house of Ungaro in 2004, he introduced an uninhibited collection in Paris after starting his own line with Italian licensee Gilmar, in March 2005. His first solo collection included dresses with polka dots and a bubble skirt which reminded onlookers of the work of Stefano Pilati, a designer for Yves Saint Laurent.

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