Since graduating from college in 1981, Toronto native Dominic Bellissimo’s reputation for creating innovative outerwear has captured the attention of both the fashion media and consumers worldwide.
With his collection prominently featured on the pages of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, the Robb Report, and on LuxuryLifestyle.com, Bellissimo’s sophisticated styles are meant to be worn by men and women who appreciate meticulous craftsmanship, impeccable details – embroidery, hardware, and closures, as well as, exquisite materials – be it supple Italian or Spanish shearling lamb, soft Loro Piana cashmere, or the finest Italian lamb leather. Amongst his discerning clientele of CEOs, philanthropists, and world travelers, are celebs Neve Campbell, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Queen Latifah, Rene Zellweger, Jeremy Irons and Richard Gere.
This season, Bellissimo has taken inspiration for his collection from the materials utilized. From the world’s lightest and most supple shearling lamb, Bellissimo uses the pelts as he would silk to create form flattering silhouettes with feminine details for her and rugged accents for him. His leather pieces are considered classic with a twist – reversible to rainsilk, or styled with architectural details such as enveloping hoods or cape collars, attention grabbing plush tuxedo trims, cut-away fronts, pretty ruffles, or perhaps, significant buttons or toggles.
Though he creates luxe outerwear, Bellissimo is a firm believer in NOT saving his garments for special occasions. “Shearling is meant to be thrown on and worn, in fact the more it is worn, the more supple it becomes,” states Bellissimo. TheYork Furrier clientele will surely love this collection of seasonal essentials.
Awards/accolades for Dominic Bellissimo:
- 1987 Canada’s Craven A Fashion Awards “Up and Coming Designer of the Year” and
- 1998 The Woolmark Award
- 1999 & 2000 Recipient of The Matinee Ltd. Fashion Foundation grant
- 2001 Golden Curl Gala “Award of Merit in Design”
- 2004 York Furrier Designer of the Year
- 2005 Recipient of the prestigious “Premier’s Award”