Peter Copping joins Balenciaga design studio

Peter Copping joins Balenciaga design studio


NEW RECRUIT: Peter Copping, the veteran British designer who directed Oscar de la Renta and Nina Ricci, has quietly joined the design studio of Balenciaga as he resumed sewing under the direction of the famous creative director Demna Gvasalia, according to market sources.

A spokesperson for Balenciaga said the house is not commenting on its studio lineup. Copping could not be reached immediately for comment and his exact function could not be learned.

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The creator has been spotted at the Balenciaga black tie dinner held on July 7 to celebrate its return to the haute couture calendar after a 53-year absence.

Since Oscar de la Renta release in 2016, Copping was largely devoted to interior projects: contribution to Architectural Digest France; organized the sales of English and European antiques for Christie’s London and co-designed a range of high-end cushions and throws inspired by his 15th century mansion and that of Rambert Rigaud in Normandy, France.

A graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London, Copping worked for several years in the design studios of Sonia Rykiel before being recruited by Marc Jacobs as his first assistant in 1997 when Louis Vuitton launched into the loan business. to wear. Copping remained with Vuitton until 2009 when he was recruited as creative director of Nina Ricci, moving to de la Renta five years later.

Gvasalia has received much praise for his sewing debut at Balenciaga, which ranged from padded t-shirts and stiff jeans to evening dresses inspired by the legendary founder.

Gvasalia now places couture “at the top of the pyramid” of its creative vision, which means that the ideas and concepts introduced there will spill over into other product lines. “When you work on something like that, it’s so strong it really impacts your overall creative thinking,” he told WWD in a recent interview.

Balenciaga CEO Cédric Charbit said the house had discovered it was “meaningful and significant” that skilled artisans were approached by Balenciaga. “We had no difficulty creating a team that I think are world class,” said Charbit, although he declined to name names or detail their background.

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Joseph E. Golightly