Back when Saint Laurent was known as Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati was the man behind the brand. Creative Director for eight years (he took the reigns following Tom Ford's departure), he left in 2012 for Ermenegildo Zelda where he was the Head of Design until 2016. Prior to these roles he also enjoyed stints at Giorgio Armani, Prada and Miu Miu

Next year, the respected designer will present an exhibition during the summer season of Pitti Uomo in June. Titled Evolution - Innovation - Revolution: Three Decades of Men's Fashion as seen by Stefano Pilati, the exhibition will include a range of menswear deemed by Pilati to be the most important from the past 20 years. 

The display will open in June to the media industry insiders and will then be open to the public until October 21. 

On why they partnered with the designer, Lapo Cianchi, the Pitti Discovery Foundation General Secretary, told WWD, "For this projected focused on men's fashion, a theme which has been neglected for too long on the Italian and international cultural scenes, we chose Stefano Pilati because he is one of its main protagonists. He has a precise point of view, which reflects the obsessions and considerations of a collector, who is also a designer and someone who deeply loves fashion."

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