Recognized designer: Peter Dundas. (Photo: Andrea Massari / The Fashion Law)
Norwegian-born Peter Dundas is a hot name in fashion these days. Recently, he debuted as creative director of Roberto Cavalli during Fashion Week 2015 in Milan.
Since the beginning of his career, Norwegian-American designer Dundas has gained recognition among international designers.
– Peter Dundas is one of the world’s most prominent designers. He is as renowned in fashion industry as Magnus Carlsen is to chess, says Jorunn Sofie Fallmo Aartun, journalist in Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, to NRK.no.
She has interviewed Dundas several times in the work of the book «Avkledd. På innsiden av den norske motebransjen» (Undressed. Inside of Norwegian fashion industry) and has followed his career closely.
– Cavalli has far greater distribution than Emilio Pucci. As creative director, he will be responsible for more collections than before, says Aartun about his new job.
Dundas has always had an eye for theatrical fashion. At eleven, he debuted as an actor at the National Theatre in Oslo in the Norwegian play “When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town”. He later stated that his interest in fashion and theater came in early childhood.
Dundas had an American mother, who died when he was four years old, and a Norwegian father. The memory of his mother has formed his style:
“She was a very glamorous woman in Oslo in the early 60s. I carry her impact: Be free to dress like you want, and dare to wear it”, the designer said in a portrait interview with newspaper VG Helg in 2007.
His father dressed the children somehow eccentric and already at age seven, Dundas acquired a sewing machine to make his own outfits.
“I had an elderly father who dressed me like he thought was reasonable. (…) However, so many shirts with dots on made the other kids laugh at me. Instead, I began searching through his clothes, unwrapped post-war garments, “grandpa clothes” that I redesigned. I figured it out by myself”, Dundas told newspaper Aftenposten in 2001.
Milan 2015: Peter Dundas of Roberto Cavalli during Milan Fashion Week. (Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/NRK)
Alongside Per Spook, Peter Dundas is the most famous Norwegian fashion designer in history. He has a long and varied career.
At age 13, he moved to American relatives in Indiana, and later he moved to New York to study at recognized fashion school Parsons – The New School for Design.
After graduating, Dundas got a job as costume designer at Comedie Francaise in Paris where Jean Paul Gaultier himself discovered him. That gave him a golden ticket into the harsh fashion industry.
After eight years at Gaultier, Dundas went to Christian Lacroix. He subsequently gained experience in traditional fashion houses like Ungaro, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and Pucci.
Now, he returns to Roberto Cavalli, this time as creative director and successor to the Italian who named the brand.
Dundas’ style is often described as “bohemian” and “rock’n’roll”.
Text modified by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews