Stephanie Miller for Second City Style Magazine
Inspiration comes in many forms. For some designers, their flare
stems from exotic reptiles and near extinct mammals, as seen in
Cavalli’s 2005 Fall Runway, while the more bizarre dip into the unknown realm of outer space, evidenced by Balenciaga’s 2007 Spring collection. And for others, like dress designer extraordinaire, Alberta Ferretti, inspiration can be traced to Federico Fellini, one of the most revered film directors of 20th century Italian cinema.
Known for dresses that reflect sensuality yet respect individuality, Alberta Ferretti has become one of the most celebrated designers of the decade. She and her brother, Mossimo Ferretti own Aeffe Group:
their company manages the Alberta Ferretti brand as well as diverse
labels such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Narsisco Rodriguez and
Rifat Orzbek. A humble designer, a rare trait in today’s egocentric
fashion world, Ferretti has long been an admirer and supporter of other
With the vivacious atmosphere of 1960s and 1970s Italy, a young Ferretti discovered her love for beautiful fabrics at her mother’s small atelier.
At the age of eighteen she opened a boutique in her hometown Cattolica,
Italy, a small town near Rimini on the Adriatic Coast, and thirty years
later her world-renowned designs are helping to restore the word grace
to the fashion lexicon.
Strongly influenced by Fellini’s provocative and beautiful films, which combined memory, dreams, fantasy and desire,
Ferretti embarked on a path that led her to a Milan runway debut in
1981. Taking cues from the cinematic master, Ferretti has employed a
certain romance and sophistication with her designs – a seemingly
contradictory combination, yet she has the artistry and skill to pull
it off. Read more…