Milan Fashion Week 2017 – Curiel

Milan Fashion Week 2017 – Curiel

The origin of Curiel

The origin of Curiel was an atelier in Trieste, Italy, opened by Ortensia Curiel, who devoted herself to demonstrate the elegance and timeless beauty of ladies in the late 19th century.
In 1945, Gigliola Curiel, the niece of Ortensia Curiel, brought Curiel to Milan. The simplicity and delicacy of Curiel made it a huge immediate success and was famous and popular among the upper class world widely. As the pioneer of Made-In-Italy fashion designer, Gigiliola has brought Curiel to La Scala, one of the most notable theatres in the world. Her most well-known design ‘Curielini’ revolutionised the way ladies dressed at the time.


Gigliola Castellini Curiel, embarked on a journey in line with her cultural heritage and the extraordinary professional matrix of her mother, Raffaella Curiel. After completing her education at Milan’s Bocconi University and the Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design in London, in 1998, she launched her own ‘Gigliola Curiel’ prêt-a-porter line, which is extremely young and feminine, and is synthesis of a traditional style in which fashion is synonymous with class, culture and refinement. Currently, Gigliola is established all over the world with her collection, following an internationally recognized style.

Today, Curiel ladies are still working on the design of haute couture and high-class prêt-a-porter in their boutique in Milan, and they attend the AltaRoma high fashion show with their sophisticated designs every year. Among the distinguished loyal clients are the wife of the former president of Egypt Mubarak, the wife of financial magnate George Soros, and, many first ladies of Italy. Some clients have been loyal clients of Curiel for more than 60 years.

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Photos courtesy of Justin CiapparaJCiappara Photography

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