Albino D'Amato was born in Rome, Italy, to a Neapolitan father and a French-Italian mother. He was passionate about cars, design and fashion from an early age, and his love for them grew while he studied architecture at university.
When he was thirteen, he lived in the same Rome neighbourhood as Valentino and, on his way home from school, Albino often left his designs in the letterbox of the world-famous couturier. It was on Valentino’s advice that he garnered experience and attended fashion school. He first studied architecture in Rome and then industrial design for a year in Turin, where he worked at the FIAT Style Centre.
At twenty-two, he went to live in Paris, where he enrolled at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture. Albino’s diverse background and natural flair for design won him projects with prestigious fashion houses, such as Emanuel Ungaro, Guy Laroche, Lolita Lempicka, Emilio Pucci and Louis Vuitton. Sought by some of the world’s major names, Albino returned to Italy, where he worked in Milan, first with Versace and then Dolce & Gabbana. In the meantime, he worked on his signature collection.
In 2004, Albino founded the label that bears his name. In 2005, he won first prize in “Who Is On Next?", a competition run by Vogue Italia and The National Chamber of Italian Fashion, an accolade that raised the profile of his eponymous label.
In 2007, he was appointed as consultant to Trussardi for its main men’s and women’s collections. He went on to work for other major names, including Karl Lagerfield and Les Copains. He is currently Design Director at Vionnet and a head consultant at the Max Mara group. The hallmark of his sober designs is their bare-minimum detail, and his radical style is a nostalgia-free tribute to the past inspired by 1960s design and culture interwoven with a selection of 1980s moods. Albino apparel is a blend of mysticism, modernity and romanticism, but its signature feature is sartorial élan and the unmistakable style of “Young Couture”. Architectonic design and femininity are the quintessential features of Albino’s style, and his creative, yet sophisticated colour-combinations are second to none. All of the above qualities combine with his extensive fashion background and the rich international feel of his designs.