Albino D’Amato studied architecture in Rome while attending the Accademia di Costume e di Moda, then indutrial design in Turin.
After fascinating experiences at the Fiat design centre and in Japan, in 1996 he moved to Paris where enrolled at the École de la Chambre Syndacale de la Couture. Albino’s varied education and natural flair for design won him projects with prestigious fashion houses, such as Emanuel Ungaro, Guy Laroche, Emilio Pucci and Louis Vuitton.
Sought by some of the world’s major names, he returned to Italy where worked with Versace and Dolce & Gabbana while preparing the debut of his signature collection. In 2004, Albino founded the label that bears his name.
From its first impact, the brand declares a sartorial philosophy that is respecful of elegance and impervious to the superficial temptation of fast-paced fashion. Attention to details, use of quality workmanship, and a playful approach are the elements determining a Couture-style in his collections, inspired by great masters such as CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA and JEAN PATOU.
His particular fetish regards gazar, a stiff fabric that may be modelled like a sculpture and full-handed fabrics that create volumes and surfaces. A strong sensitivity in playing with soft and super sumptuous textures of cashmere as well as with the more moderate and formal canvas, in a refined mix of femininity. Visual art and embellishments transposed in the most technological and sophisticated jacquard turn into artist's masterpieces.
Forthwith he won the first price of ‘’Who is on next ?’’, a competition run by Vogue Italia and the Italian Chamber of Fashion; an accolade that has raised the profile of his eponymous label.
In 2007 he was appointed as consultant for the men and women collections at Trussardi, then worked for other major names like Karl Lagerfeld and Les Copains, and as Design Director at Vionnet.
The hallmark of his sober design is the bare-minimum detail, although his radical blueprint is a nostalgia-free tribute to the past inspired by 1960s style and culture intertwined with a selection of 1980s moods.
Albino’s apparel is a blend of mysticism, modernity and romanticism conferring to its collections a sartorial élan and the unmistakable style of Couture. All the same, architectonic design and femininity are the quintessential features of his style and the resulting creative yet sophisticated colour-combinations are an uplift.