About

the designers

Alessandro Dell’Acqua was born on December 21st, 1962 in Naples, Italy. He studied at the Art Institute of Naples graduating in 1981.

In 1982 he started working for the Marzotto Group as well as Maska, Byblos and Gilmar. He worked with Genny alongside Gianni Versace, who was also there. He also spent some time designing for Les Copains and Iceberg. Initially he specialized in knitwear and worked as an apprentice to Pietro Pianforini, the famous knitwear designer. He rose to be Head Designer for them in 1988. He also worked with a small group of artisans in a mill in Bologna, Italy. He credits this group, who now work for him, with the unusual delicacy of his hand-finished knitwear, lace mohair was particularly beautiful when used by him.

In 1995, Alessandro Dell'Acqua started his own label and his collections are shown twice a year in Milan. His debut show was in 1996 which hecalled "Punk on a Mediterranean Woman". This was a womenswear collection, followed by his menswear in 1998 showing his debut menswear show at the famous Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy.

Alessandro is also designing for the Swiss house of Bally, well-known for elegant footwear, but now presenting their womenswear clothing lines. Dell'Aqua style of designing clothes, appealed to the leading lingerie company La Perla, who started up their womenswear line in 2000. In early 2003, they appointed Alessandro to design the line.

To celebrate the new year, Alessandro has opened his first U.S. showroom, launched a full-fledged website and opened his first U.S. store on Madison Avenue. They will carry his full line of men's and women's ready-to-wear, footwear, eyewear. fragrances and bags. In Fall 2004, he also opened his first London store.

The Look

Dell’Acqua’s love for the exotic women of classic Italian cinema drives his collections of curve-hugging, sensual clothes. Since 1996, the designer has been cutting womanly silhouettes with occasional frills and cut-outs, and mixing luxe textures - jersey with chiffon, for example - to a smoldering, womanly effect that has caught the attention of current American screen stars. He’s also got sexy shoes and a fragrance.

Who Wears It

Winona Ryder, Gwyneth Paltrow, Padma Lakshmi, Sophie Dahl, Iman

Perfumes

2001 Alessandro Dell Acqua (W)
2005 Alesandro Dell Acqua (M)
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