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Alessandra Facchinetti

Former Creative Director of Women's Collections, Tod's

After two high-profile exits from other fashion houses, she developed Tod's ready-to-wear line for three years before announcing she would focus on other projects.


Born 2 June 1972 in Bergamo, Italy, Facchinetti is an Italian fashion designer. Called “Italy’s most underrated young woman designer” by fashion journalist Sarah Mower , after a few high-profile false starts at Valentino and Gucci, she was appointed creative director of women’s ready-to-wear at Italian brand Tod’s, a brand that has been known more for shoes than apparel, in 2013. However, Facchinetti and Tod's severed ties in May 2016, when the brand announced that Facchinetti would leave the company after three years in her position. Facchinetti said in a company statement she would "focus on other projects ... put aside in order to be able to achieve Tod's strategies."

The daughter of Roby Facchinetti, a member of famous Italian pop group Pooh, she graduated from  Istituto Marangoni in Milan and worked at Prada Group for seven years, mainly designing for Miu Miu, Prada’s sister line. She then worked for Tom Ford at Gucci for four years, and was tapped as his successor but left in 18 months due to difficulties with company politics.

In 2007 she was appointed the creative director at the fashion House of Valentino, on the retirement of Valentino Garavani . Previously she had been a designer at Gucci. She was dismissed from Valentino in 2008 despite early praise, allegedly because she did not draw enough on Valentino's archives.

Since leaving Tod's in 2016, chief executive officer Diego Della Valle has left Facchinetti's creative director role vacant as part of a reevaluation of strategy for the brand.

Facchinetti designed costumes for Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo opera, which took place in October 2018 in Switzerland. She designed around 90 costumes for the main roles, including tailcoats and capes for men and sumptuous dresses for women.




Creative Director of Women's Collections

2013 - Present

Sant'Elpidio a Mare, Italy



Creative Director

2007 - 2008

Milan, Italy



Firenze, Itlay


Istituto Marangoni

Istituto Marangoni

Vital Statistics

2 June 1972


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