SYN: the Thierry Mugler tribute collection with retro obscure charm

Alessandro De Benedetti began his career studying illustration, fashion and design at the Istituto Marangoni in Milan. After graduating, he worked in Paris as Thierry Mugler’s assistant in his haute couture atelier and realised that he wanted to design personal collections that immediately stood out for their visionary and cinematographic style that won over international buyers.

In 2002, he debuted on the Milan catwalks with a collection inspired by wrestling divas and artist Cameron Jamie. Over the last twenty years, he has been creative director of Exte, and has relaunched historic brands such as Mila Schön – succeeding in renewing the brand’s image with refined, elegant yet decidedly contemporary collections – and Romeo Gigli – reinterpreting the brand’s heritage and translating it for pret-a-porter.

Syn, the new line by Alessandro De Benedetti with an indiecouture taste, represents a return to the designer’s original DNA: elegant but with a modern, tailored cut and designed for women who are in love not only with fashion, but with the concept that inspires it. “I worked on this project as Thierry Mugler taught me, at the beginning of my career when I took from him the secret that became the core of my aesthetic research: it is the fall of the fabric that defines an unexpected creativity, together with the few precious pins that block its shape,” said the designer, who has sartorially created 31 demi couture models inspired by the muses that have forged his taste and personality since his early teenage years: the glacial sensuality of Siouxsie Sioux, the eccentric grit of Nina Hagen and the dreamy elegance of Kate Bush.

Fluid and metaphysical, De Benedetti’s creations are made of chiffon and silk crepe, cut on the bias and draped as the fabric falls on the mannequin in lysergic colours such as lime yellow, mandarin orange, lavender and rouge noir. Entirely produced in Lombardy, the collection will be distributed worldwide starting in September from Elisa Gaito’s showroom.

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