Roberto Cavalli Has a New Creative Director: Paul Surridge
Roberto Cavalli has found a new creative director!
The brand announced on Wednesday that British designer Paul Surridge now leads the Italian fashion house’s creative direction, Business of Fashion reports. Surridge, whose previously held position was Acne Studios creative consultant, is set to present his first collection—women's spring 2018—for Cavalli in Milan this September.
He takes the place of Peter Dundas, who left the post (after a little more than a year) in October 2016 during a major overhaul of the company’s organization. He joined the company in March 2015 and designed Ciara’s custom wedding gown.
Cavalli CEO Gian Giacomo Ferraris said at the time, “As Roberto Cavalli goes through a period of transformation, the design team will carry on and the appointment of a new creative director will be made in due course.”
Well, that time has arrived and Surridge—who has worked at brands such as Calvin Klein, Burberry, and Jil Sander in the past—is the pick.
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In a statement on Wednesday, Ferraris told Business of Fashion: "We met a lot of candidates, a lot of them showed great creative potential, which made the decision not easy, but the [reason] we selected Paul is that next to his distinctive creative quality, he show a strong interest in further developing the code of the house."
Surridge said in a statement: “I am honored and proud to carry forward the legacy of this extraordinary Italian house."
"This is a unique opportunity to contribute a new chapter to the Roberto Cavalli universe, which positively celebrates the beauty, sensuality, and power of women,” he continued. “It is my intention to show the passion I share for the codes and vision on which Roberto Cavalli built his brand while celebrating the excellence of Italian craftsmanship.”