Born in the UK to Sicilian parents, Antonio Berardi studied at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design while working as John Galliano’s assistant. His final year collection in 1994 created a splash, attracting the attention of key London buyers including those from Liberty and A La Mode. He launched his first professional collection the following season.
Berardi quickly learnt the skills of the design trade, the techniques of clothing construction and manufacture, and how to succeed in business. He was determined to make his business independent so that his reputation would never depend on outside investors. Today he is one of the very few internationally influential designers operating a completely autonomous company.
Much of Berardi’s original inspiration came from the collision of cultures that he embodies as an authentic British Sicilian. He blends traditional Savile Row tailoring with the more colourful, offbeat and freewheeling clothing of Sicily.
Berardi was influenced by his mother, whose impeccable ladylike style was a perfect reflection of her personal philosophy: that a woman’s clothes should reflect her femininity, propriety and sense of quality. Galliano was also a profound influence and inspired mentor, demonstrating the value of intensity and being true to one’s personal vision without compromise.
Berardi has an artist’s appreciation of the female form; his clothes enhance natural curves. Clothing that appears simple on the hanger becomes rhythmically alive on the body. Berardi also has a natural feel for materials and instinctively grasps how new fabrics can be used to maximum effect, creating original shapes that extend the vocabulary of body language.
Creatively, he draws on his roots in English tradition and craftsmanship, whilst tapping into the warmth and expressiveness of Sicilian culture and fusion of traditions. He constantly has an eye on the streets, from London and Paris, to New York and Palermo. He is excited by music, post-modern art and independent film.
Antonio Berardi is a label of ready-to-wear and accessories created for the stylish, impeccable, urbane woman.
Antonio Berardi has been worn recently by the following celebrities; Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchette, Amy Adams, Madonna, Anne Hathaway, Zoe Saldana, Beyonce, Diane Kruger, Kate Hudson and Rosie Huntington Whitely.
Antonio Berardi is made by Gibo, the venerable and prestigious Italian apparel manufacturer. Berardi credits Gibo with much of his success as company’s advanced technical expertise and creative industrial solutions have enabled him to create virtually without concern for what is possible.