Pierpaolo Piccioli makes a point of hiring different models for each of his runway shows.
The creative director of Valentino has opened up about his career in an interview with Vogue Australia, and during the chat, revealed he demands diversity and inclusivity on his catwalks.
“For me, I’m a designer. My job is creating images, and through this people can feel emotions and can also reflect about something. Inclusivity for me means embracing a world, so it’s about living together in tolerance,” he explained. “To make inclusivity happen – and not just thinking and talking about inclusivity, because sometimes you talk about it, but you don’t act – I think it’s (about) just acting.”
In recent seasons, Piccioli has also tapped high-profile names to appear in his presentations, with Naomi Campbell closing the spring/summer 2019 couture show in January 2019 and iconic model/actress Lauren Hutton walking the runway during the fall/winter 2019 couture spectacle.
And he’s adamant it’s his passion for diversity that drives him to keep his shows fresh.
“I always encourage women to be themselves, because it is much more interesting – a real woman – than the role she plays, because those are stereotypes, always,” the designer shared. “That’s also the reason why I don’t use models for two times in a show.”
However, one exception to Piccioli’s rule is South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech, who serves as his unofficial muse and has regularly appeared in Valentino presentations.
“In Adut, I feel a fragility and her fears and her strength, which are very interesting,” he touchingly commented of the 20-year-old.
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