Profile Fashion Designer – Antonio Ciutto
A former St Martin’s MA graduate, Ciutto immediately jumped into the deep-end following-up his graduate debut with his very first own-name collection in September 2000. Now six seasons on, Ciutto has developed a strong following of loyal customers with his immaculately constructed pieces that reflect his initial training as an architect.
For Autumn/Winter 2004/05 Ciutto moves away from the sculptural cutting and pleating as seen in his previous collections and experiments with a floaty and free silhouette. Described as ‘a vision of chaotic suburbia’ Ciutto also continues to develop his explosive printing skills, a vision of vibrant colour, which first came to the fore in his current Spring/Summer collection. Silks and velvets are saturated with an exciting spectrum of colour while draped sleeves and a cut that is all about ease and comfort contrasts the frenzied mood.
Ciutto prefers the flexible approach of showing off-schedule, previous presentations have taken place in a variety of venues; from the Kensington Roof Gardens to the backdrop of the Natural History Museum. While other designers believe an on-schedule show is tantamount for success in this tough industry, Ciutto takes the unique and adaptable approach and it certainly appears to work for him.
Getting established as a fashion designer is no walk in the park and for Ciutto a particularly trying time was when FedEx lost his entire Spring/Summer 2002 collection. “It was being sent by FedEx from Paris to London, but in October they told me it was lost, and I didn’t see it again until four months later,” he said at the time. Ciutto was forced to call-off his show but instead of dwelling on his misfortune he turned the situation around to his advantage. He spent more time on his following collection, which he felt give a better reflection of his design capabilities. He wasn’t wrong; the presentation of his Autumn/Winter 2002/03 put him back in the spotlight with a sharp, feminine womenswear collection that featured plenty of intricate and clever details.
Ciutto’s motto is to learn from your mistakes and to never give up. With stockists on the increase around the globe and an uncompromising creative drive – Antonio Ciutto is certainly a designer to keep an eye on.
Antonio Ciutto’s off-schedule Autumn/Winter 2004 2005 catwalk show was presented during London Fashion Week at 38-39 Duke of York Square’, Kings Road, SW3.
All images are from Antonio Ciutto’s A/W 2004/05 Show
By JoJo Iles