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2009 October 2

Getting to Know Rodolfo Paglialunga

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(PARIS) After a whopping 13 years working for Miuccia Prada, Rodolfo Paglialunga has landed one of fashion's most coveted gigs--fashion director of Vionnet. The designer, who is based out of Milan, presented his first full collection for the house this morning at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris.

How does it feel to take over the design at a house like Vionnet?
It's very difficult, because Madeleine Vionnet is one of the most iconic designers in the world. But I accept this charge, because when I met Matteo Marzotto and we talked together about the project, I was impressed. He asked me if I wanted to be fashion director, and I am very happy to work for the collection.

Was it difficult to come up with a new way to do draping, given how well-known the house’s legacy is?
It was very difficult, but I did a lot of research in books, on the internet, in old magazines...after that, I tried to forget it all and work with memory and mix her work with my point-of-view. I want people to respect her works, but I want to move ahead with my opinion as well.

Where are you based?
Milan; I just come to Paris to show.

It seems like Italians taking over French houses is a trend.
Exactly. I'm very happy about that!

How do you approach a French house from an Italian perspective?
It's not easy, but when we think about the collection, we don't just think about Italians or French or Americans. I think about all women who travel and live all over.

Are you enjoying your newfound time in Paris?
Sure. I have a lot of Italian friends here in Paris as well. There are a lot of places to love.

Any hobbies?
I don't have time to have many other hobbies. I love travel, but I don't travel enough. I love cinema and all things connected with my work.

Seen any good movies lately?
I just watch old movies. I don't go to the cinema too often--I prefer to watch movies at home with friends. It's more comfortable.


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