Aldo Maria Camillo
by Stephen Garner
Aldo Maria Camillo
Aldo Maria Camillo

Designer Aldo Maria Camillo will present his debut collection of his namesake label at a special event during Pitti Uomo in January.

After a professional pathway through a number of prestigious partnerships – from Ermenegildo Zegna to Valentino and Cerruti to Berluti – the Italian designer will present his first collection, conceived as the ideal wardrobe for the modern-day man.

Born in Rome in 1975, Camillo graduated with a degree in Costume and Fashion after studying foreign literature at “LUMSA” University in Rome. His education was completed with a Master’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where he specialized in marketing.

In 2003, he started out as an assistant fashion designer at Valentino, then became the senior men’s designer just three years later in the Ermenegildo Zegna “sartorial department,” where he was able to perfect his sartorial techniques and sensitivity to materials. In 2009, he returned to Valentino to work alongside Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri. Nominated as design director of the men’s lines, he gave new life to the brand through a modern approach to design, with strong, yet timeless, collections, which immediately met up with commercial success.

Since 2012, he has been the creative director and member of the board of directors at Maison Cerruti, in Paris. In just three years, he transformed the Cerruti brand into one of the most fashionable brands of Paris Fashion Week, positioning it in a new sphere of luxury fashion. In September 2016, he joined the LVMH group as creative consultant for Berluti, where he worked side-by-side with Haider Ackermann for the relaunching of the brand, which was already an immediate hit with both the public and press starting from the first few collections.

“Aldo Maria Camillo works exclusively and with great focus on men’s fashion studying the masculine silhouette with the aim of giving a new imprint and different freshness to menswear,” said Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine director of communications and events. “His cultural references belong to an intimately classical background, supported by solid stylistic training and an acute sensitivity to current worldwide events – which goes beyond fashion. He has talent, imagination, and a sense of material. The new project of Aldo Maria is very personal and immediately interested us because we believe that in menswear it is essential to return to the standards of elegance and nonetheless reread and renew in a modern key. We want to join him in this adventure of launching his self-named brand, which now more than ever before requires courage and determination.”

“ALDOMARIACAMILLO represents the beginning of a new story,” added Camillo, “a showcase where I can both express my ideal of fashion and speak of myself; I believe clothing is a tool for communicating who we are without saying a word, because it lives and grows together with us. With my brand, I would like to create a collection that evolves and completes itself over time, in which garments possess the quality needed to last as long as possible.”

“Having the possibility to present this project in a premiere showing at Pitti Uomo is an honor and a dream come true,” concluded Camillo. “I have always wanted to make my debut in Italy at Pitti Uomo, where the culture of tailoring and research on fashion have always come together as one, representing the ideal stage to express with this collection an idea that has matured over the years, originating from a passion for the Italian sartorial tradition with contaminations arriving from the universe of fashion I was brought up with.”