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Q&A with Fausto Puglisi

By Sofia Celeste 31 August 2016

MILAN, ITALY – The Sicilian designer whose creations have been celebrated by excess-prone divas like Madonna, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Anna dello Russo, rocked the stage again when he channelled the diva within for his first men’s wear capsule that debuted at Pitti Uomo in June.

A true diva, he said is not bound by sexuality, religion or societal norms, but rather a person who embraces the queen from within.

Fairplay’s Editor-in-Chief chatted with Puglisi about what sort of audacity and passion it really takes.

Who is your favourite diva?

Madonna is a super diva. She is absolutely number one. She is a true queen and she owns it.

How did you meet Madonna?

I dressed her for her "Rebel Heart Tour." It was a real dream for me. She was so confident about saying: 'I am the Queen.' She wanted the longest train in the history of the world for the tour. We even hired seamstresses that work for the Vatican to embroider her cape.

What do you think is the trademark of a more modern diva?

A modern woman can go out with a t-shirt and a mini dress or a t-shirt matched with S&M gear and be a diva. She needs to be beautiful without boundaries. Women are like fashion too. They can change every day.

Does anyone in particular come to mind?

Rita Ora is young. She really embraced fashion that is deeply linked to my Mediterranean roots, as well as the Baroque, Roman and Greek traditions. She is someone who is connected, so fun, cool and fresh.

You have dressed a lot of stars. What other costumes are you most proud of?

One I made for Katy Perry for the “Prismatic Tour.”

It all started with a spandex body suit that I wanted to work like a haute couture piece. I embellished it with Swarovski crystals and coins that were hand crafted by a goldsmith in Sicily who specializes in ancient ones. The gladiator look is my signature.

Who is one of your biggest supporters?

Anna dello Russo. She was one of the first people to support me. We have really great dialogue and she does so much to help youngsters from around the world.

What is diva about Anna?

She wears everything and it just looks great on her because she has a great body. She is very dedicated and serious. She wakes up early every day and swims or does yoga. She is someone who has respect for herself. She always told me that you need to have respect for fashion with a big F.

What makes a woman fashion royalty, in your opinion?

You need to invest in your body. You need to treat yourself like a temple.

Religion has always been paramount in your designs. Do you go to church?

When I was a kid, I went to church every Sunday. I don't go to mass anymore. Although I go to church and I pray by myself but I don't want to have people around. I want to have my own dialogue and relationship with God.

The Mother of God and religious icons are so integral to your designs… Why?

It is really part of every Sicilian kid’s roots. Every Sicilian kid had the “nonna”, who had the house with the holy saints and the Sacro Cuore. For me, religion is amazing. I love the iconography.

Any other favourites?

The Statue of Liberty. She is so connected to the American dream. She is the epitome of this magnificent beauty and dignity of a dream and at the same time, she is so pop.

 

 



Sofia Celeste
FAIRPLAY Editor-in-Chief

When she is not hunting down the latest in tech and fashion, Sofia Celeste is scouting artisan talent for her online magazine bacoluxury.com. Born in the US and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, she went on to write for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Her work is now regularly published in top fashion publications NOWFASHION and WWD.

MILAN, ITALY – The Sicilian designer whose creations have been celebrated by excess-prone divas like Madonna, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Anna dello Russo, rocked the stage again when he channelled the diva within for his first men’s wear capsule that debuted at Pitti Uomo in June.

A true diva, he said is not bound by sexuality, religion or societal norms, but rather a person who embraces the queen from within.

Fairplay’s Editor-in-Chief chatted with Puglisi about what sort of audacity and passion it really takes.

Who is your favourite diva?

Madonna is a super diva. She is absolutely number one. She is a true queen and she owns it.

How did you meet Madonna?

I dressed her for her "Rebel Heart Tour." It was a real dream for me. She was so confident about saying: 'I am the Queen.' She wanted the longest train in the history of the world for the tour. We even hired seamstresses that work for the Vatican to embroider her cape.

What do you think is the trademark of a more modern diva?

A modern woman can go out with a t-shirt and a mini dress or a t-shirt matched with S&M gear and be a diva. She needs to be beautiful without boundaries. Women are like fashion too. They can change every day.

Does anyone in particular come to mind?

Rita Ora is young. She really embraced fashion that is deeply linked to my Mediterranean roots, as well as the Baroque, Roman and Greek traditions. She is someone who is connected, so fun, cool and fresh.

You have dressed a lot of stars. What other costumes are you most proud of?

One I made for Katy Perry for the “Prismatic Tour.”

It all started with a spandex body suit that I wanted to work like a haute couture piece. I embellished it with Swarovski crystals and coins that were hand crafted by a goldsmith in Sicily who specializes in ancient ones. The gladiator look is my signature.

Who is one of your biggest supporters?

Anna dello Russo. She was one of the first people to support me. We have really great dialogue and she does so much to help youngsters from around the world.

What is diva about Anna?

She wears everything and it just looks great on her because she has a great body. She is very dedicated and serious. She wakes up early every day and swims or does yoga. She is someone who has respect for herself. She always told me that you need to have respect for fashion with a big F.

What makes a woman fashion royalty, in your opinion?

You need to invest in your body. You need to treat yourself like a temple.

Religion has always been paramount in your designs. Do you go to church?

When I was a kid, I went to church every Sunday. I don't go to mass anymore. Although I go to church and I pray by myself but I don't want to have people around. I want to have my own dialogue and relationship with God.

The Mother of God and religious icons are so integral to your designs… Why?

It is really part of every Sicilian kid’s roots. Every Sicilian kid had the “nonna”, who had the house with the holy saints and the Sacro Cuore. For me, religion is amazing. I love the iconography.

Any other favourites?

The Statue of Liberty. She is so connected to the American dream. She is the epitome of this magnificent beauty and dignity of a dream and at the same time, she is so pop.

 

 



Sofia Celeste
FAIRPLAY Editor-in-Chief

When she is not hunting down the latest in tech and fashion, Sofia Celeste is scouting artisan talent for her online magazine bacoluxury.com. Born in the US and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, she went on to write for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Her work is now regularly published in top fashion publications NOWFASHION and WWD.

 

Photo: WMAGAZINE.COM

 

Photo: WMAGAZINE.COM

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