Paco Rabanne announces new artistic director

Fashion house Paco Rabanne, owned by Spanish group Puig, has confirmed the appointment of Lydia Maurer as the new Artistic Director of its women’s ready-to-wear collection. This appointment follows the news last month regarding Indian designer Manish Arora leaving by a “mutual agreement” after just two seasons.

Maurer, who has previously worked at Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, had previously held the position of studio design director since November 2011, after graduating from the Studio Berçot design school in Paris. The 29-year-old will present her first collection for the house for spring/summer 2013 this October during Paris Fashion Week.

The Paco Rabanne House said in a statement: “We are very happy to welcome Lydia Maurer. Her determination and her unique sensitivity in terms of the artistic and experimental universe of Paco Rabanne are going to enable us to pursue the renewal of our House in the long term.

“We are confident that her personal vision and talent will position Paco Rabanne amongst the most desirable avant-garde fashion brands in the very near future.”

Maurer added: “It is a great honour to be taking on the artistic direction of such an emblematic house at the heart of Parisian creation.”

Image: Lydia Maurer

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