Drawing references from Orientalism, Bohemia, the Renaissance and exotic cultures, Romeo Gigli launched his first collection in 1983/84 to much acclaim, having sold it to fashion store Joyce in Hong Kong and Browns in London. These shapes were oversized, draped and folded, and once placed on the body, they gave off a sense of regality, arty intellectualism and the poetic.
In an era where designers embraced individuality and creativity, where you could look at an outfit and place it with a certain designer's aesthetic (shoulder pads & mannish at Armani, sexy & vivacious at Versace) ; his soft shouldered and romantic silhouettes were captured for magazines through the lens of poet photographer Paolo Roversi and embraced by a large following of arty, fashion forward clients.
After leaving the fashion industry in the early 90's (disastrous business dealings with partners after which he found that he no longer owned his 'name' or logo), Romeo retreated to work on freelance projects in Architecture and Interiors (which he initially studied).
Now, in what is 30years later (!) after his massive impact on the fashion silhouette, he joins forces with his early ally, Joyce Ma to develop the line, Joyce by Romeo Gigli.
I think the world is ready for some individualism, craftsmanship, colour and creativity don't you think?
5, Romeo Gigli archive 1989, photo by Deborah Turbeville
6, Romeo Gigli A/w 1988, photo by Paolo Roversi
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