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Nicolas Di Felice

Artistic Director, Courrèges

As the artistic director of Courrèges, the designer transformed the French brand from an artefact of the Swinging Sixties into a buzzy celebrity favourite.

Biography

Nicolas Di Felice is the artistic director of Courrèges. Under his leadership, the French brand has transformed from an artefact of the Swinging Sixties into a buzzy celebrity favourite.

Born in Belgium, Di Felice developed an interest in fashion watching episodes of a Belgian music show and becoming fixated on the bands’ costumes. Later, he attended the art school La Cambre in Brussels, where he made music on the side before dedicating himself fully to fashion when he was hired by Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga in 2008. After a stint at Dior with Raf Simons , he reunited with Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton, where Di Felice would become senior womenswear designer. He joined Courrèges as artistic director in 2020.

The brand, which namesake André Courrèges raised to prominence in the 1960s with his youthful and futuristic designs, was struggling to find its footing after a string of reboots. Di Felice updated brand icons like vinyl jackets and minidresses while including desirable wardrobe staples such as denim. His designs have been happily taken up by shoppers and celebrities, including Beyoncé, who wore Courrèges on her Renaissance Tour.

Vital Statistics

Born
1 July 1983
Nationality

Belgium

Location
France
Member since
2023

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