PARIS — Emanuel Ungaro said Thursday that designer Peter Dundas had departed, confirming a report in WWD.
“We thank him for his contribution and we remain fully committed to continuing the legacy of the house,” said Ungaro president and chief executive officer Mounir Moufarrige.
Moufarrige declined to give a timetable for naming a successor, but suggested the change in design direction would not disrupt the company.
“There’s a great team in the studio working,” he said.
Moufarrige is known for taking his time in selecting designers, and for making bold choices. When he was president of Chloé, Moufarrige made waves in 1997 by replacing Karl Lagerfeld with Stella McCartney, then a relatively little-known 25-year-old fashion fledgling.
It is understood management and the designer did not see eye to eye on the creative direction of the French brand, founded in 1965.
Ungaro has had a rocky time on the road to rejuvenation, and has gone through three women’s wear designers since the retirement of its founding couturier in 2005. The house also underwent an ownership change in 2005 when high-tech entrepreneur Asim Abdullah bought the brand from Ferragamo Group. Moufarrige also recently named a new designer, Frank Boclet, to rev up Ungaro’s men’s business.
In a statement, Dundas said, “I want to thank the House of Ungaro and say I am proud to have worked alongside the wonderfully talented people there and wish the company continued success.”
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