The world of Liborio Capizzi is extraordinarily unusual, full of oxymora, and sometimes it knows no middle ways. It is dominated by a bright galaxy of different influences. Born in Ribera (Sicily), Liborio grew up in Tuscany, where he studied scenography and costumes at the Academy of Fine Arts. He has been the strictest collaborator of Gianfranco Ferré for sixteen years, managing the brand’s prêt-à-porter for women while evolving his couturier sensitivity. After that, he travelled all over the world, gathering the most disparate skills – ranging from art to scenography to costume-making – until he settled in Milan, in a loft near Porta Nuova which is his home, atelier, “refugium pensatorum”, source of inspiration and cabinet de curiosités.

Here the Q&A to discover something more about DI LIBORIO, and the peculiar vision of the designer – Liborio Capizzi – behind the brand.


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What was your first fashion memory, and how fashion entered your life?

My first memory is the Punk movement when I was a young teenager I would customize classic cloths with zips, safety pins and writing to create a reaction. From then on I was attracted to fashion as art and as a statement.
Of course I have to mention my encounter with Mr. Gianfranco Ferrè who was my mentor and “maestro” for 16 years. Not only did he teach me what is fashion but what is taste and stile, allure and the passion for an intuitive call. Also, I’ve learnt to give the best I can, day and night till I am confronted to my own limits. 


Could I please ask you to define your aesthetic vision?

It’s about volume not shapes, sensations not fabrics, emotions not cloths that transform women in immortal style icons.
I believe in evolution as a fundamental part of our story. I don’t think that to change the others is the solution, it would be a lot better if we could singularly express our own beauty, which ever this might be. It’s our own attitude that can define and reflect us the best.


Where do you catch your inspiration from?

Plenty of icons inspired my path: music, punk, New York in the beginning of the 70’s, the Ramones, the Stooges, NY Dolls … references of great magnetism and fascination. Also, Debby Harry from Blondie and now more recently Skin from Skunk Anansie.  The collection is more warned out, more rock, more contemporary d like to add avant-garde and maybe a little decadent. 


Do you have any muse, a kind of woman/man you take inspiration from and whom you design for?

My friend and singer Skin and also a woman with a natural elegance, even unaware with an inescapable sensibility for beauty, the baroque but not only its dialectic, maybe a little snob and for sure cultured.


How much your life and mainly your work is influenced by our by now 2.0 reality?
I don’t feel necessarily influenced by the web. I use the technology as a mean for my work, to express myself and on the contrary.



All the images are from Di Liborio FW14-15 presentation, named ‘Bosco delle Chimere’, held in his studio home during last MFW.



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