Acclaimed fashion designer Jeremy Scott is stepping down from his position as the creative director of Italian label Moschino, the brand’s parent company said in a statement on Monday. “Scott has penned a fundamental chapter in the legacy of the brand with his fearless and show-stopping pop-camp style and incisive humour — true to the renowned codes of the House,” the company was quoted as saying by AP.
In a press release, Scott — who served as the creative director of the brand for 10 years — said that his tenure has been “a wonderful celebration of creativity and imagination”. “I am so proud of the legacy I am leaving behind,” he said.
Announcing his exit on Instagram, the designer added, “After 10 years, I am announcing today that I will be leaving Moschino. I have had a blast creating designs that will live on forever. I am grateful for all the love and support I have received over this past decade. As I close this chapter, I am filled with excitement and anticipation and can’t wait to share with you all what I have in store for you next.”
Scott, who took over at Moschino in October 2013, marked his debut as a creative director with a groundbreaking fall/winter collection which, according to the brand’s statement, “launched a thousand debates on the role of fashion in the annals of art, consumerism, and social commentary.” But, his tryst with fashion began long back!
Interested in fashion from an early age, he discovered runway fashion in Details, a monthly American men’s magazine, looking up to Jean Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela, Thierry Mugler, and Franco Moschino as role models. In 1992, he moved to New York to study fashion design at Pratt Institute. Scott went on to do an internship at Aeffe, the company that owns Moschino.
Upon his graduation, the designer moved to Paris in 1996 to look for a job in the fashion industry. Finding no luck with jobs, he created his eponymous label the next year. Over the next few years, he launched several collections of his brand. The designer went on to collaborate with Adidas multiple times over the next decade before Scott became Moschino’s creative director in October 2013, after reportedly turning down several offers.
Scott’s designs have earned the reputation of being wild, wacky, and incredibly fun. His visual stunts, showmanship, and subversive humour resonated with the social media generation. “I think I was built for social media. It’s about a picture that is less than the size of the palm of your hand. What is impactful is not an all-black look. It’s about being colourful and bold and my work was already that and has always been that way. It’s kind of like that world has caught up to me,” he told Vogue in 2018.
The New York Times‘ fashion director Vanessa Friedman wrote that sometimes his jokes could fall flat, but overall the result was a boom in sales, at least until last year. “In 2022, Aeffe — which also owns the brands Alberta Ferretti, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Pollini — reported a loss of nine million euros (about $10 million) on revenues of 352 million euros (about $377 million), thanks in part to complications in China,” she wrote.
Some of Scott’s most memorable collections include his collaborations with McDonald’s, My Little Pony, Spongebob and Barbie, as well as his references to flower bouquets, dry-cleaning bags, paper dolls, cleaning products and chandeliers. Due to his strong inclination toward pop culture, celebrities such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus, among others, have collaborated with him on numerous occasions.
Quite recently, Angela Bassett donned a Moschino design, created by Scott, for Oscars 2023. She was seen wearing a one-shoulder purple gown on the champagne-coloured carpet. Later, for Vanity Fair‘s Oscar Party, she slipped into a custom red look by Scott.
Another memorable gown by Scott, which created a lot of buzz, was worn by actor Julia Roberts, featuring images of George Clooney.
Prior to this, Julia Garner was seen wearing a black co-ord set from Moschino comprising a blazer and shorts with a red heart adding a pop of colour.
For an appearance on Saturday Night Live last year, Megan Thee Stallion wore a black leather dress from Moschino featuring a strapless neckline, fitted bodice, and feathery bottom.
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