Antonio Marras is one of the most interesting of today’s fashion designers. Born in Alghero in Sardinia in 1962, Antonio Marras had no formal schooling in fashion but, via his father’s fabric store, developed enough of a passion for textiles to convince an entrepreneur from Rome to back him to create his first ready-to-wear collection in 1988 named Piano Piano Dolce Carlotta – after the Robert Aldrich horror movie of the ’60s. Winning the Contemporary Linen prize for a wedding dress that revealed the Sardinian influence which is his trademark, in 1992 he decided to concentrate on one collection, finally making his haute couture debut under his own name in Paris in 1996. Ready-to-wear followed in Milan in 1999, with the shapes and colours of Sardinian costume again a major influence, together with Byzantine symbolism. Marras continues to make Sardinia his home, living and working with his extended family in a home-workshop overlooking the sea.
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