Peter Dundas, the Norwegian designer who turned out flirty party frocks for Emanuel Ungaro before joining French furrier Revillon, was tapped as the new artistic director at Emilio Pucci.
Dundas will continue to design for Revillon while under contract for the next two years. His first collection for Pucci will debut in February.
Dundas is replacing British designer Matthew Williamson, who has been working for the Florence-based fashion house since 2005. Williamson, who gained popularity stateside with a bohemian silk print dress popularized by Halle Berry, is leaving the venerable Italian institution to focus on his own collection.
Dundas may not be a household name but he has been gaining industry experience, working behind the scenes at Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Roberto Cavalli before being named artistic director at Ungaro. Surely his experience with prints at Cavalli will keep him in good stead as he tackles Pucci, known for the colorful, geometric prints of founder, Emilio Pucci. The comprehensive archives of Emilio Pucci’s prints would be any designer’s dream stash of inspiration.
Dundas’ expertise with print and color will make him an invaluable asset as Pucci continues to revitalize and reinvent itself to be a relevant brand today, 61 years after it was founded.