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Paco Rabanne promotes studio design head to artistic director

Paco Rabanne has appointed Lydia Maurer as its new artistic director for its women’s ready-to-wear range.

Maurer, previously at Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy, has been at the French fashion house since November 2011 as its studio design director. The Studio Berçot design school graduate will present her first collection for spring 13 in Paris in October.

She replaces Manish Arora, who left in May after just two seasons.

Maurer said: “It’s a great honour to be taking on the artistic direction of such an emblematic house at the heart of Parisian creation.

“Monsieur Rabanne created his clothing as a means of expressing the singularity of each woman. He invented a timeless, unique and sensual style inspired by art and architecture. This is the on-going creative spirit that I wish to convey in my work for the house.”

In a statement, The Paco Rabanne House said: “We are very happy to welcome Lydia Maurer. Her determination and her unique sensitivity in terms of the artistic and experimental universe of Paco Rabanne are going to enable us to pursue the renewal of our house in the long term.

“We are confident that her personal vision and talent will position Paco Rabanne amongst the most desirable avant-garde fashion brands in the very near future.”

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