In October 2016, Peter Dundas parted ways with the Italian fashion house after 19 months in the role. Dundas, who had served as chief designer at Cavalli from 2002 to 2005 said he saw his return in March 2015 as “a homecoming”. The brand had had a tumultuous time prior to his appointment, with two senior executives exiting the business in 2015.
Born in Norway, Dundas studied at Parsons in New York. It was there that his obsession with the female body began; an obsession he would take through his design roles, with an eye for complementing the female figure with his talent for cut and pattern.
In 1992, Dundas became design assistant to Jean Paul Gaultier , where he stayed for eight years. All the while building up his experience, in 2000 Dundas moved to Lacroix, where he developed a sense for striking colours and patterns. After a stint as creative director at Emanuel Ungaro, Dundas was appointed artistic director at Emilio Pucci, owned by LVMH, in 2008, before returning to Cavalli. During his seven-year tenure at Pucci, Dundas developed the brand’s history of glamorous, colourful and patterned collections. Focusing on nightlife as a key inspiration, Dundas took Pucci in a new, youthful direction. It was under the creative helm of Dundas that LVMH identified the label as a key future-growth vehicle, branching into new product categories such as shoes, handbags and eyewear.
In February 2017, Dundas announced he was planning on launching a namesake label, though has not disclosed when or where this will be launched. "Today you can think a little bit out of the box on when you present something and where you present it as well. I like the idea of being able to have that freedom," Dundas told BoF.