Designers at Symphony
Born in the UK to Sicilian parents, Antonio Berardi studied at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design while working as John Galliano’s assistant. His final year collection in 1994 created a splash, attracting the attention of key London buyers including those from Liberty and A La Mode. He launched his first professional collection the following season. Berardi quickly learnt the skills of the design trade, the techniques of clothing construction and manufacture, and how to succeed in business. He was determined to make his business independent so that his reputation would never depend on outside investors. Today he is one of the very few internationally influential designers operating a completely autonomous company. Much of Berardi’s original inspiration came from the collision of cultures that he embodies as an authentic British Sicilian. He blends traditional Savile Row tailoring with the more colourful, offbeat and freewheeling clothing of Sicily.