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Rodolfo Paglialunga is named Jil Sander creative director

Rodolfo Paglialunga is named Jil Sander creative director

A new era begins...


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“He is the most fitting designer to write the new pages of the Jil Sander story”

After a significant fashion farewell from its namesake designer last year, the Jil Sander group is officially wecloming a new creative director — Rodolfo Paglialunga. His first collection will be revealed in September for Spring/Summer 15. The Italian hails from Tolentino, in Italy’s central Marche region.

“He is the most fitting designer to write the new pages of the Jil Sander story,” said chief executive officer Alessandro Cremonesi. “He has the right characteristics and the experience to evolve the Jil Sander brand in a new direction while respecting its essential traits.” 

Paglialunga started his career with Romeo Gigli in the early Nineties. In 1996, he joined Prada, where he worked for 10 years, eventually becoming womenswear design director. In March 2009, attracted by his knack for arty cuts and constructions, former Vionnet owners Matteo Marzotto and Gianni Castiglioni tapped the designer as creative director of the brand. Paglialunga helped dust off Vionnet with his distinctive glamour, until he left the company in the autumn of 2011. 

“I’m deeply honoured to have the opportunity to take on this role. I have boundless admiration for the brand as I strongly believe in its pure vision and values,” said Paglialunga yesterday. “My aim is to carry forward the fusion between sophistication, luxury and innovation and bring the house to its next level.” 

The designer, who hails from Tolentino, in Italy’s central Marche region, will be based in Milan, where the company is headquartered. Cremonesi has also stated that he has faith in Paglialunga ensuring “an evolution, not a revolution” of the label...

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