Born in 1965 in Milan, Stefano Pilati is a fashion designer based in Paris. Pilati first worked as an intern for designer Nino Cerruti. He took his first job in his twenties at a Milanese velvet company studying textiles and selling fabric to major European design houses. Over the years he has worked for Versace, Jil Sander, Dries Van Noten and Valentino as a fabric consultant. In 1993, Pilati was hired at Giorgio Armani as a menswear assistant. In 1995, he went to work at Prada in fabric research and development. Three years later, Pilati became the Assistant Designer at Miu Miu, in womenswear and menswear. In 2000, he began working with Tom Ford at Yves Saint Laurent and in June 2002 ascended to the position of Design Director of all categories under the Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche label. In 2004, Pilati was named Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent following Tom Ford's departure. Pilati showcased men's and womenswear for the brand as part of Paris Fashion Week from the Spring/Summer womenswear 2005 season through until March 2012, when he left the house. During his tenure at Yves Saint Laurent, Pilati also launched a line titled Edition24, aiming to create clothing items to cover every hour in a woman's day.