Alessandro dell’ Acqua

ALESSANDRO DELL’ACQUA

(1962; Italy) In 1982, after receiving a diploma at the Naples Academy of Fine Arts , he began working with several world-famous designer labels including Genny, Versace, Iceberg, Mariella Burani, Les Copains, Maska, D&G, Christian Lacroix, Byblos e Gilmar. In 1988, thanks to his talent for wool creations , he became Creative Director of Pietro Pianforini, a famous cashmere and jersey knitwear designer. In 1996 Alessandro presented in Milan his first autumn-winter collection, whose eccentric name was : “Punk on a Mediterranean woman”. In this collection he combined elegant sartorial cuts with sensuality and femininity and thanks to his harmonious and sober lines he was immediately considered a designer of the future.
The debut of his menswear collection took place in 1988 at the famous Pitti Palace in Florence and in 2000 he was hired Creative Director for Borbonese. Today his brand also includes footwear, eyewear and fragrances.
Among his best known features are the use of pastel colors, beloved by the designer, and flashes of light illuminating the silhouette. Alessandro Dell’ Acqua harmoniously mixes precious materials like silk and cashmere with coarse ones, deforming luxury and creating a very modern look.
One of his famous quotes well describes his style: “Every woman should be an object of desire”, in fact his simple lines emphasize femininity and sensuality. His icons were Italian movie stars Sofia Loren, Anna Magnani and Monica Vitti, strong women but sensual and elegant at the same time; or Courtney Love and 50’s Hollywood movie stars. Another important feature of his style is the fusion of fine art and fashion (he collaborated with video artist and photographer Vanessa Beecroft).
In 2002 the leading lingerie company “La Perla”, appointed Alessandro to design their first womenswear line. Yellow and black were the protagonist hues. Cut chiffon with inlays and overlapping layers for the sarong dresses fastened round the neck, with precious inserts, sashes, lace vests, bomber jackets and ostrich-feather booties.
In 2003 Redwall Group acquired 70% of the brand. Since 2009 he took the place of the duo “6267” as Creative Director of Malo (a cashmere knitwear brand owned by IT Holding).
In February 2010 Dell’Acqua returned to the catwalk with his “N° 21” collection (the designer’s date of birth and lucky number). The target of the collection was younger and the style more sober and casual.
Today Alessandro Dell’Acqua is the Chief Designer for Redwall and Borbonese and in September 2011 he presented his new collection for the fashion house Brioni.

 

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