Norwegian-American Designer Peter Dundas Moves to Roberto Cavalli


The Norwegian-American designer Peter Dundas (46) is appointed chief designer for the Italian luxury brand Roberto Cavalli.

“My aim was never to stay at Emilio Pucci forever,” says the champion of hot-and-sexy good-time clothes. “It’s a natural move to go on,” he continues, his face covered by dark sunglasses.

Last month Dundas presented his last collection for the fashion house Emilio Pucci at the marbled Palazzo Serbelloni in Milan. Norwegian-American Designer Peter Dundas Moves to Roberto Cavalli. Now he only needs to travel a few miles across Florence from the print house founded by Emilio Pucci to the fashion print shop set up by Roberto Cavalli, and he won’t be in need of an induction course.

After an interlude at Emanuel Ungaro and a stint with Revillon, Peter Dundas signed on as creative director for Pucci in 2008 and improved the bottom line for the fashion company considerably. And now he moves on to Pucci’s biggest competitor.

Peter Dundas was raised at Vinderen in Oslo. His father was a physician and his mother an American violinist. Dundas was only four years old when she suddenly died from flu. Six years old he began to sew his own clothes. 14 years old he moved to his mother’s family in USA. He considered studying medicine, but he ended up studying fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York.

From there he went to Paris and worked as costume designer for the French state theatre Com\edie-Francaise, before he was appointed chief assistant to the designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

After eight years at Gaultier’s he had leading positions at fashion houses like Christian Lacroix, Roberto Cavalli and Emanuel Ungaro and Pucci.

210415-Peter-Dundas-2Dundas has created stage dresses for artists like Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kylie Minogue as well as the IT-girl Poppy Delevigne and Norwegian crown princess Mette-Marit.

Text: Tor Kjolberg