Alessandro De Benedetti began his career by studying illustration, fashion and design in Milan at the Marangoni Institute and by collaborating as an illustrator for Nineties cult illustrated fashion magazine “Vanity”.
From 1995 to 1997 he worked in Paris as an assistant in Thierry Mugler’s haute couture atelier, learning and assimilating the creative skills of the maison’s legendary outerwear designers. Strengthened and with a heightened creative awareness after his experiences in Paris, in 1998 he started designing and producing his own collection, and he debuted on the Milan runways in 2002 with a collection inspired by Mexican wrestling divas and by the artist Cameron Jamie: masked women wearing parachute-finish chintz satin capes or experimental dresses made of infinite laser-cut chiffon stripes.
“The talent of the young designer is surprising, a strong concept becomes ultra feminine!..” -Benedetta Barzini (Corriere della Sera).
His cinematic and highly sartorial style began to seduce the world’s most important buyers, from “L’Eclaireur” in Paris to “Bosco dei Ciliegi” in Moscow. In 2007, for the “Gothic western” collection, he personally involved the artist and director Alejandro Jodorowsky in the event, becoming a sensation in the international press with his visionary style paired with the absolute sartorial excellence of his garments. On the catwalk, incredibly elegant cowgirls are wrapped in deconstructed gaucho dresses with glass beading.
“De Benedetti invents exoteric gipsy cow-girls… half Brigitte Bardot, half Claudia Cardinale in Le Pistolere… sensational!”Hilary Alexander (whole page on the Daily Telegraph).
In the same year, the designer took on the role of artistic director for the brand “Exte’, by the Ittierre group, where he reinvented the concept of the women’s dress suit, rethinking it in washed denim and in jersey fabric.
In 2008 he was invited as a special guest to the “Russian Fashion Week” in Moscow, with his collection called “Lux Aeterna”, inspired by Mary Shelley and by the artisanal techniques of inlayed lace from the early XIX century. Cristina Manfredi from Mf commented on the collection:“De Benedetti gives the best of himself in a monochromatic collection where layers and drapes in mercury chiffon blend with metallic macramé lace…”
In 2009 he launched the atelier project “De Benedetti Bloodrouge”: high-end luxury dresses with inner boning in flexible metal; the fabric, created exclusively for the capsule collection, is triple silk enzyme-wash organza; each single drapery is assembled by hand by the designer, sometimes using origami techniques. The collection also includes fully printed and embroidered doubled cachemire tailored suits.
Since 2013 he has been appointed as Creative Director of Maison Mila Schön, in view of an international relaunch of the Brand: he designed the first Mila Schön Milano line and the luxury collection Atelier Mila Schön.