Santo Spada’s career in fashion began early. The designer's first clients were childhood friends who brought their dolls to have dresses made, for their make-believe weddings. While studying at "Lucia Mangano" school in Catania, Santo started a five-year apprenticeship at Atelier Saint Crispino Couture.
In 2006, Winner of the "Modalive Mediterraneo" competition, he received the first prize from the President of the Republic of Italy. He then graduated two years later from the Milan European Institute of Design (IED) in Fashion and Textiles, as well as obtaining a Diploma in Pattern Cutter at Fromamod school in Paris. Winner of "Next Generation" contest, held by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Structured Fragility collection was launched at Milan Fashion Week 2012. Santo Spada produces garments solely by individual commission, remaining exclusive and hand made. Alongside his activity, Santo has also gained rich experience undertaking interim collaborations, with brands such as Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela, Vidler&Nixon, Maglificio Saint Honoré, Walt Disney, Alexis Mabille, Xò Servizi di Sartoria, Valentino, Teatro Scalo Dittaino-Teatro del Sole ENS.
Santo Spada is conceived as a modern brand maintaining a timeless and elegant allure. The recurring themes inspired by the art of Murano glass, vary from 1930's fashion to ancient Greek and Roman aesthetic. The collections offer a specific level of elegance; playing with chiaroscuro, sheer layering, lightness and structure. Evening wear, wedding dresses and coats are made to measure through artisanal production, original cut and precious materials. Previous seasons can be re-edited and prototypes personalised. Santo’s work is described as complexity solved in simplicity. Each piece concealing through skilful cutting and impeccable details a remarkably simple, yet striking garment.
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