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Nino Cerruti: Italian fashion pioneer dies aged 91

Written by Sharon Braithwaite, CNN

Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur Nino Cerruti died Saturday on the age of 91, the Italian household enterprise Lanificio (*91*) Cerruti mentioned in a press release.
He died on the hospital in Vercelli, Italy, the place he was hospitalized for a hip operation, CNN affiliate SkyTg24 reported Saturday.
“For the family, friends, collaborators, and employees of Lanificio Cerruti, and the entire world of Italian fashion, today is a very sad day, because of the death of Signor Nino,” mentioned the Lanificio (*91*) Cerruti firm statement posted on Facebook.

“We have lost a man of talent, an extraordinary designer, a man before his time, and a wonderful mentor, to whom many people owe so much,” the assertion mentioned.

“Through his commitment and dedication to his work, which for him was his mission, he will become an everlasting example of a life lived in the constant search for style and harmony,” the enterprise mentioned.

Models show creations by Italian designer Nino Cerruti for his present Menswear Autumn/Winter 2009/2010 in Paris, France, on January 23, 2009. Credit: Frederic Nebinger-Thierry Orban/Abaca Press/Alamy Stock Photo

Born in Biella, Italy, on September 25, 1930, right into a household of textile industrialists, Cerruti inherited the household firm on the age of 20 on his father’s loss of life, in keeping with his biography revealed on the web site of Lanificio Cerruti.

In 1967, he opened the primary Cerruti 1881 boutique at Place de la Madeleine in Paris. In the mid-Sixties, Cerruti “collaborated with new emerging names in Italian fashion, taking on as ‘rookies’ designers of the caliber of Giorgio Armani,” it says, including that within the Nineteen Seventies, he created the primary deconstructed jacket.

Cerruti was additionally a mentor to Giorgio Armani and Veronique Nichanian, and in 1994, he was appointed official designer of Formula 1 staff Ferrari.

Italian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Gilberto Pichetto additionally expressed his condolences in a press release despatched to CNN on Sunday.

“I am very saddened by the death of the manager and stylist Nino Cerruti: with him, a giant of Italian entrepreneurship and a significant piece of Biella’s history has passed away,” Pichetto mentioned. “I will always remember him with affection and esteem, for his intuitions, competence, and foresight with which he made Italian fashion great, exporting our Made in Italy in the world.”

A model in Nico Cerruti's show, Fall-Winter 1985/86 collection in Paris in March 1985, France.

A mannequin in Nico Cerruti’s present, Fall-Winter 1985/86 assortment in Paris in March 1985, France. Credit: Daniel Simon/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in Paris paid tribute to Cerruti in a statement revealed Sunday, saying, “Nino Cerruti was one of the most influential designers of men’s luxury ready-to-wear in the 20th century. Innovator, industrialist, and a great designer, he revolutionized high-end men’s fashion by inventing the first deconstructed jacket in the 1970s.

“Nino Cerruti succeeds each along with his eponymous home and with the household enterprise Lanificio (*91*) Cerruti. Nino Cerruti outlined the idea of ‘fashion’ as ‘an ideal mix of tradition and artwork,’ a time period he most well-liked to ‘magnificence,’ which in keeping with him had ‘a horrible outdated style.'”

Ralph Toledano, President of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, added, “Nino Cerruti was undoubtedly a inventive genius, a passionate man with a unprecedented eye, but in addition a terrific entrepreneur. Nino Cerruti launched the notion of “casual chic” into fashion and males’s clothes, and was himself a person of uncommon magnificence.

“Today we say goodbye to a great man who belonged as much to Milan as to Paris,” Toledano mentioned.

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