Born in the UK to Sicilian parents, Antonio Berardi studied at the prestigious Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design in London while working as John Galliano’s assistant at the same time.  His final year collection, in 1994, created a professional sized splash, attracting the attention of key London buyers, including those from Liberty and A La Mode.  Berardi launched his first professional collection the next season. 

Much of Berardi’s original inspiration came from the collision of cultures he himself embodies—being a proper British Sicilian; equally comfortable in traditional Savile Row tailoring as well as the more colorful, offbeat and freewheeling clothing of Sicily, itself a collision of cultures.

As a creative force Antonio Berardi doesn’t go to extremes or go far afield to find artistic stimulation. He draws on his roots in English tradition and craftsmanship and on the warmth and expressiveness of Sicilian culture and fusion of traditions.  He always has an eye on the streets, from London and Paris, to New York and Palermo. He is excited by music, post-modern art and independent film.  He believes in inspiration and that “anything is possible,” and when he comes upon an idea that excites him he believes he will find a way to make it work.
‘Antonio Berardi’ is a collection of ready-to-wear and accessories created for impeccable, urbane women who prefer a striking, classical, dressed-up look, but who respond to advances in fabric and manufacturing technology. Antonio Berardi is made by the venerable Gibo, who Berardi credits with much of his success.