Fabio Piras

Italian-born Fabio studied at Central Saint Martin’s for a BA in fashion design (1991), followed by an MA in womenswear (1993).

He went on to found his eponymous label that showed during London Fashion

Week from 1994 until 2000. He has also had a successful career in both creative direction and consultancy for luxury fashion brands in Europe and Asia.

In 1998 Diego Della Valle offered him to collaborate on creative supervision for his collections TOD’S, HOGAN and FAY.

In 2000 BRIONI appointed him Creative Director of the tailoring house and gave him the mission to initiate Brioni donna.

In 2005 he joined knitwear brand MALO as Creative Director.

In 2007 Fabio took over the creative direction of the womenswear brand GIADA owned by the Chinese group Redstone. Giada established its first flagship store outside China in Milan’s Via Montenapoleone in 2013.

He was appointed course Director of Central Saint Martin’s MA Fashion course following the untimely passing of the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE in 2014. Fabio’s vision during his time as course leader is to shape a new era for MA Fashion education:

“The real challenges facing fashion students and educators today arise from the ongoing fundamental re-definition of fashion as practice and enterprise. Profound questions are then asked as to how course curricula can encourage and deliver within the relationships academia and the industry negotiate with one another. In the end, fashion education is about developing students’ formative processes in thinking and learning their craft in practice. As educators, we must encourage students to subvert the status quo and trust their intuitions, experiences, and skills.

Our aim must be to assure that they question conventions and that they always seek for alternative ways to think and make Fashion”.