Roberto Cavalli Announces Peter Surridge As New Creative Director

Former Acne creative consultant Peter Surridge succeeds Peter Dundas, who left in October. By Erica Gonzales

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Peter Surridge is the new creative director at Roberto Cavalli, the brand announced this morning. The designer succeeds Peter Dundas, who stepped down in October after 19 months with the label. Surridge will show his first collection in September with the Spring 2018 range.

The designer was most recently at Acne Studios, where he coordinated menswear collections as a creative consultant. Previously, he was creative director of Z Zegna from 2011-2014, worked at Burberry under Christopher Bailey from 2003-2007 and worked at Calvin Klein in the ’90s.

He also served as the men’s design director at Jil Sander, under then-creative director Raf Simons. There, he met Cavalli CEO Gian Giacomo Ferraris.

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“We met with many designers, but most of them had a distinct style that would have been overbearing, while we wanted to return to Cavalli’s original DNA,” Ferraris told WWD about hiring Surridge.

The designer reacted to his new appointment in a statement:

“I am honoured and proud to carry forward the legacy of this extraordinary Italian house. This is a unique opportunity to contribute a new chapter to the Roberto Cavalli universe which positively celebrates the beauty, sensuality and power of women. It’s my intention to show the passion I share for the codes and vision on which Roberto Cavalli built his brand while celebrating the excellence of Italian craftsmanship.”

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.

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