The Pitti Italics Special Event at Pitti Uomo 95 is Aldo Maria Camillo
Pitti Uomo invites Aldo Maria Camillo to present the first collection ever released by his brand, bearing his name: ALDOMARIACAMILLO.
After a professional pathway through a number of prestigious partnerships - from Ermenegildo Zegna to Valentino, from Cerruti to Berluti – the Italian designer presents his very first collection with a special event, conceived as the ideal wardrobe for modern-day man.
“Aldo Maria Camillo works exclusively and with great focus on men’s fashion – says Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine director of communications and events – studying the masculine silhouette, with the aim of giving a new imprint and different freshness to menswear. His cultural references belong to an intimately classical background, supported by solid stylistic training and an acute sensitivity to current worldwide events – which goes beyond fashion. He has talent, imagination, and a sense of material. The new project of Aldo Maria is very personal and immediately engaged us, because we believe that in menswear it is essential to return to the standards of elegance nonetheless re-read and renewed in a modern key. We want to join him in this adventure – the launching of his self-named brand – which now more than ever before requires courage and determination.”
“ALDOMARIACAMILLO represents the beginning of a new story – says designer Aldo Maria Camillo – a showcase where I can both express my ideal of fashion and speak of myself. I believe clothing is a tool for communicating who we are without saying a word, because it lives and grows together with us. With my brand, I would like to create a collection that evolves and completes itself over time, in which garments possess the quality needed to last as long as possible.
"RADICI" is the chapter zero of this project, the place of my memory. Representing the 90s, the military vintage looks, the years of Martin Margiela and Helmut Lang, of the sartorial jackets "stolen" from my father's closet that made me feel like the artistes of the bands I was listening to. At the center of my universe, there are always people: I like to observe them, try to pick up on the feeling connecting them to their clothes, imagine their stories, and bring them into my world”.
“Having the possibility to present this project in a premiere showing at Pitti Uomo is an honor and a dream come true” – concludes Aldo Maria Camillo. “I have always wanted to make my debut in Italy and Pitti Uomo, where the culture of tailoring and research on fashion have always come together as one, represents the ideal stage for expressing in this collection an idea that has matured over the years, originating from a passion for the Italian sartorial tradition, with contaminations arriving from the universe of fashion which I was brought up with”.
Born in Rome in 1975, Aldo Maria Camillo graduated with a degree in Costume and Fashion after studying foreign literature at "LUMSA” University in Rome. His education was completed by a Master’s degree from the New York "Fashion Institute of Technology”, where he specialized in marketing. In 2003, he started out as an assistant fashion designer at Valentino, becoming the Senior Men’s Designer just three years later in the Ermenegildo Zegna “Sartorial department”, where he was able to perfect his sartorial techniques and sensitivity to materials. In 2009, he returned to Valentino to work alongside Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri. Nominated as Design Director of the men’s lines, he gave new life to the brand through a modern approach to design, with strong, yet timeless, collections, which immediately met up with commercial success. Since 2012, he has been the creative director and member of the board of directors at Maison Cerruti, in Paris. In just three years, he transformed the Cerruti brand into one of the most fashionable brands of Paris fashion week, positioning it in a new sphere of luxury fashion. In September 2016, he joined the Arnault group as Creative Consultant for Berluti, where he worked side-by-side with Haider Ackermann for the relaunching of the brand, which was already an immediate hit with both public and press starting from the first few collections.
Aldo Maria’s points of reference take their inspiration from his interest in contemporary art, fashion history, music, and sociology. His menswear vision is based on a new definition of luxury and a continuous dialogue between tradition and innovation. He currently lives in Paris.
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