Schiaparelli names Bertrand Guyon as Design Director
The house of Schiaparelli put rumors to rest today in announcing their appointment of 49-year-old Frenchman, Bertrand Guyon, as the house’s new design director. The freshly minted director will make his first debut for the house during the upcoming Paris couture week in July.
I feel honored to be part of Schiaparelli today and develop it further, respecting its heritage and tradition while adding a contemporary and modern take, something Elsa Schiaparelli has always demonstrated.
Guyon joins Schiaparelli from Rome-based Valentino, where he worked for seven years with the house’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, on the couture and ready to wear collections. Prior to Valentino, Guyon held roles at Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, and Charles Jourdan. In his career, Guyon has been know to have played central roles as the right-hand to Lacroix, as well as having supported Givenchy house founder Hubert de Givenchy and his two successors — John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. Guyon is a graduate of the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
Schiaparelli is owned by Italian entrepreneur Diego Della Valle, who purchased the house’s trademarks and archives in 2006 and relaunched the label in 2012. The house has been searching for a new creative director since departing ways with Marco Zanini last November.