Pierpaolo Piccioli is an Italian fashion designer, born on September 10, 1967, in Nettuno, Italy. He is a revered force in the fashion industry, best known for his work at Valentino as the creative director since 2016. He lives in Rome with his wife Simona and has three children.
Piccioli studied at Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, where he graduated in fashion design. After his studies, he began his career as an assistant to Mauro Gasperi at Francesco Scognamiglio. Later, he became a menswear designer when he joined the collaboration between Fendi and its menswear line.
In 1999, Piccioli started working at Valentino with Maria Grazia Chiuri. They became assistants for Valentino Garavani and worked together for various fashion houses, including Christian Dior and Fendi. In 2008, they were appointed as Valentino’s creative directors, and they stayed there until 2016.
After Chiuri’s departure to Dior, Piccioli was appointed as the sole creative director of Valentino. Since then, he has been responsible for the brand’s evolution into one of the most influential fashion houses worldwide. Piccioli’s creations are known for their exquisite craftsmanship and romantic, ethereal beauty.
Piccioli’s tenure at Valentino has resulted in a dramatic increase in the brand’s revenue and global recognition. His designs have attracted many high-profile clients, including Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Michelle Obama. His focus is on inclusivity and diversity, which can be seen in the diverse models he uses in his runway shows and ad campaigns.
In 2019, he received the International Designer of the Year award from the British Fashion Council, which recognized his contribution to the fashion industry. The same year, Valentino announced that it had become the first luxury fashion company to join the Fur Free Alliance, a coalition of animal rights organizations.
Piccioli is widely regarded as one of the most talented fashion designers of the modern era. His work has been featured in numerous fashion magazines and exhibitions worldwide. He is also known for his philanthropic efforts, which mainly focus on supporting artistic and cultural endeavors.
Piccioli is committed to creating an inclusive and sustainable future for the fashion industry. His vision for Valentino is one that celebrates diversity while promoting environmental responsibility. With his forward-thinking approach, Piccioli is set to revolutionize the fashion industry for generations to come.
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