NEW YORK — Raffaele Ilardo has joined Oscar de la Renta Ltd. as ateliers director and creative adviser to Oscar de la Renta.

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Ilardo has spent the past decade at Christian Dior in Paris, where he served as chef des deux ateliers. Prior to his tenure at Dior, he worked for a decade in the atelier of Chanel.

Last year, Ilardo received the honorary distinction of “Matre d’Art” from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in recognition of his expertise and craftsmanship, and his contribution to the French luxury industry.

The Naples-born Ilardo grew up in a family of tailors, attended fashion college in his hometown, and later graduated from the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris. He is now based in New York and reports to de la Renta.

De la Renta said, “Mr. Ilardo is recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished tailors. He is a welcome addition to my team, and I look forward to working with him.”