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There are just a few stars who can truly make a designer’s career with just one appearance, and Beyonce is absolutely one of them. The latest nearly unknown name to fall into her graces is Francesco Scognamiglio, an Neapolitan couturier who celebrated his big frothy mint moment at the VMAs with an adorable tweet: “Beyonce loves me.” Here, five things to know about this excited talent.
1. He’s actually worked with Beyonce before.
The designer created one of the eye-catching ensembles she wore during the Milan show of her “Formation” world tour. With the Swarovski-covered hooded bomber jacket and pants he conceived for that date, Scognamiglio told WWD he “wanted to interpret the energy, femininity and talent of a real style icon through my personal point of view with the goal of creating an unforgettable look.”
2. Scognamiglio debuted his first haute couture collection in Paris earlier this summer.
He received an invite from the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to be a guest member this season, and thus made his Paris Couture Week debut. Interestingly enough, Scognamiglio’s highly embellished 19-look collection featured lots of tulle, ostrich feathers, ruffles, cutouts and sequins and were all long-sleeved, except for one. Beyonce’s dress is from this fall 2016 couture collection.
3. Madonna, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are also fans.
The Material Girl wore an outfit he designed for her “Give It 2 Me” video in 2008, then rocked a sheer black lace gown of his to the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party. Lady Gaga, meanwhile, donned several of his confections in her video for the song “Alejandro.” The Naples-born designer, who got his start at a tailor shop, has dressed the superstar several times. She wore a $1,915 sheer embroidered black blouse of his, tied over a swimsuit while shopping in Monaco in 2013. Her “Rockstar 101” video also features his designs.
4. He had a stint at Versace.
Before launching his eponymous couture label in 2000 (ready-to-wear launched in 2001), he spent much of the ‘90s working with Versace. He was also creative director of Verri, launching the brand’s first womenswear collection, and held the same position at Allegri for three seasons.
5. Debi Mazar is a dear friend.
The actress has told W that she first saw his creations on Madonna, and asked her stylist who made it. “I contacted Francesco through Instagram, and we decided to have lunch in New York. We walked in the rain, and he gave me a shirt. Anyone who brings me something beautiful, I melt.”
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