Stefan Brunnbauer

Design Director / Project Consultant
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Versace - Alexander McQueen - Costume National Design & Creative Consultant Menswear / Womenswear / Accessories As a creative lead for luxury brands, my international portfolio spans two decades. Currently Senior Design Director at Versace, I've previously worked with Alexander McQueen and Costume National as well as Jay-Z, Rihanna & Bat for Lashes. I combine fashion design, art direction and brand identity with my sartorial background to achieve a 360° vision; working with multinationals such as Kering and Capri Holdings. Transforming iconic global fashion brands drives my passion to elevate and develop their aesthetic and identity. Using leadership and innovation, I convert a bold vision and disruptive ideas into dynamic brand signatures, resulting in outstanding commercial success and unique pop culture moments. Collaborators Stylists Jacob K, Allegra Versace, Panos Yiapanis, Kim Jones, Paul Mather, Jay Massacret, Michiko Koshino, Robbie Spencer, Nicolas Santos, Camilla Nickerson, Joe McKenna, Anastasia Barbieri and Jodie Barnes. Photographers Nan Goldin, David Sims, Wolfgang Tillmans, Olga Grebennikova, Timothy Schaumberg, Harley Weir, Salvatore Caputo, Karim Sadli and Steven Klein Clients / Commissions Jay-Z, Rihanna, will.i.am, Bat for Lashes, Patrick Wolf, Pet Shop Boys, The Weekend and Japanese noise band Bo Ningen

Previous Brands
Gianni Versace Spa
Alexander McQueen
Fashion and Art Magazines
Michiko Koshino London
Work Experience
Senior Design Director
May ‘18 - Now
Gianni Versace Spa

I was tasked by Donatella Versace to oversee the direction & strategic vision and reposition the brand for a new generation. Develop modern street couture collections across all product categories while remaining in line with the iconic Versace DNA. It has quickly become an important business driver and we work closely with production, merchandising & sales to ensure quality and continued revenue growth. The success of the business has encouraged CEO Jonathan Akeroyd for me to oversee additional exclusive Gianni Versace collaborations and projects.

Head Of Menswear Design McQ
Jan ‘07 - Apr ‘18
Alexander McQueen

I relished the challenge of building the design team, its organizational structure and establishing the targets & goals. Directing the design vision from ideation to execution, developing the brand from the ground up and leading through various rebranding. Working closely with both creative directors, Lee McQueen and Sarah Burton, I had their trust to conceptualise and develop the brand specific DNA. Really unique, yet unmistakably McQueen in its vocabulary.

Freelance Writer and Stylist
Feb ‘06 - Aug ‘10
Fashion and Art Magazines

Freelance writer and stylist for various fashion and art magazines such as PENG! Magazine, Austria and THE END MAGAZINE, Italy

Freelance MRTW Designer/ Design Manager
Jun ‘06 - Jan ‘07
Michiko Koshino London

Design and development of the collection with the in-house atelier, exclusive for the London flagship store. Design Manager of second line ‘Yen-London’ MRTW and WRTW range.

Menswear Designer
Oct ‘04 - May ‘06

Design of the full MRTW collection and directly reporting to Creative Director Ennio Capasa. Head of Atelier - Bespoke tailoring design and development for Celebrity customers such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Lenny Kravitz (Red carpet and tour wardrobe)

Womenswear Designer
Jan ‘05 - Apr ‘05

Directly reporting to Creative Director Ennio Capasa and developing the full womenswear runway collection as well as special projects. Head of Atelier - Design and development of made to measure red carpet gowns for Celebrity customers such as Nicole Kidman and Heidi Klum and development of special evening gowns

Assistant Designer
Jan ‘05 - Mar ‘05

Assisting the Womenswear designer on the full development of the collection

English - Fluent
German - Native
Italian - Fluent
Location Preference
Open to relocation
Work Pattern
Employment Preference
Freelance Assignments
Permanent Positions
Education & Training
College for Fashion and Clothing Techniques, Linz, Austria
‘96 - ‘01
Fashion/Apparel Design