Saverio Pisano, Los Angeles Based Designer and Tailor, Focuses on Perfecting Patterns for the Ultimate in Custom Fashion
Born in Italy, and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saverio Pisano has over 60-years if experience in the couture fashion industry. He began his training as a fashion designer in Italy when he was five and a half years old, further developed his talent in Paris and Milan, and then moved to Argentina where he dressed first ladies, diplomats, and high society.
Pisano believes that even in uncertain times, people gravitate to custom clothing because the garments are universally flattering, comfortable, and make excellent investments. He believes that when a person loves what they are wearing, it gives them a sense of empowerment and confidence. This is true for both men and women who seek a style that is their own. Pisano explains, “Men should not look like soldiers and should develop their own sense of style. They should play with colors and patterns. Fashion is a way to express who you are and who you want to become. People shouldn’t settle for something that is just okay. They should be passionate about what they wear and how it fits,” he explains.
“I believe in a timeless style where a garment looks as new as the day it was first put on. The wearer feels positive and comfortable because that garment was made specifically for them. Every detail is essential, but the most important part of the design is the making of the pattern. The perfect pattern not only ensures a perfect fit but allows the client to come in for only two fittings instead of five or more,” explains Pisano. “Early on in my career I realized that the biggest problem with clients is that there were too many repeated fittings. Busy clients became impatient! Taking time to study and create the perfect pattern is the ultimate secret to a true custom fitting dress, suit, jacket, or any other item of clothing.”
The secret to the perfect custom creation is revealed Pisano’s book on the subject, The Tailoring Bible. “Even with computers, it’s very difficult to take a design that was made on a mannequin and create the perfect pattern. It must be learned and executed by hand. It is the only way!” he explains. Chapters of the book are dedicated to anatomy, focusing on the nuances of design for enhancing certain areas of the physique and creating ways to distract from others.
As the founder of the Italian curriculum-based fashion school, PISANO, in Argentina, Saverio Pisano believes that designers are artists that understand patternmaking first and foremost. They have the ability to create timeless works of art that are the vision of the designer and the discerning client. “Every day I wake up and feel blessed that I have been given the gift of creativity. It satisfies my love of art and appreciation for the human form. Patterns speak to a person’s unique physique, helping them to enhance features that they like and turn attention away from other areas.”