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. Santo Spada then graduated in Milan as Fashion and Textiles designer from the European Institute of Design (IED) and in Paris he qualified as Creative Pattern Cutting at Fromamod school.
Winner of "Next Generation" contest, held by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Structured Fragility collection was launched at Milan Fashion Week 2012. The Designer 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, Alexis Mabille, Valentino Couture, Walt Disney, Vidler&Nixon, Maglificio Saint Honoré, Xò Servizi di Sartoria, Teatro Scalo Dittaino-Teatro del Sole ENS.
Santo Spada Atelier is conceived as a dreams factory, where unique garments are crafted to fit the person and their personality. Santo suggests transcending the fashion statement in favour of a moment of individual expression. With particular attention to sustainability, the production of new collections is often replaced with a made to order process where fabrics are recycled from luxury Maisons. Previous seasons can be re-edited and prototypes personalised. In his Parisian Atelier, Santo has also introduced a service of restyling, upcycling and alterations of clothing.
The Couturier's recurring themes of inspirations vary from the art of Murano glass, 1930's fashion to ancient Greek-Roman aesthetic. Each piece offer a specific level of elegance; playing with chiaroscuro, sheer layering, lightness and structure. Santo Spada’s work is described as complexity dissolved in simplicity: concealing through skilful cutting and impeccable details a remarkably simple, yet striking garment.
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