Some stylists, designers, artisans participate in the work of the Stanza for the realisation of independent projects or by making available their creativity and manufacturing capacity for the production of other collections.
Montalbano’s career in fashion spans a period of over thirty years, going back to 1981 when he opened his first dressmaking shop. He has taken part to European fashion events, including the 1990 Festival International de la Mode in Hyères, where he was awarded the French Fashion Journalists’ Special Prize. In 1998 he was invited to exhibit at Musée de la Mode et du Costume in Paris.
He worked for several years designing costumes for theatre and ballet before returning to dressmaking. His interest in the language of apparel rather than in fashion trends translates into a visionary approach in designing everyday garments. Over the years, the minimalist rigour that was the original trademark of his creations has been enlivened with a dash of irony.
His clothes are all unique pieces.
[Credits photo – Oscar Bernelli]