Devise Magazine: Q&A With The Italian Designer that Creates John Travolta's Red Carpet Looks
Q&A with the Italian Designer that creates John Travolta’s red carpet looks, Matteo Perin
John Travolta’s film and television career has spanned over four decades. Along the way, he has collected Golden Globe and Emmy awards, and amassed a box office of $2.4 billion. But when he turned to an Italian designer to give him his Emmy red carpet look for “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” it wasn’t Armani or even Dolce and Gabbana, it was Matteo Perin. Perin has been designing all of Travolta’s red carpet looks for the last couple years and also designed every detail of his upcoming wardrobe in “Gotti” (releasing December 2017). Perin takes extraordinary care in crafting these looks for his clients. It was particularly interesting how he takes the time to travel to his clients to immerse himself in their lifestyle and understand their needs.
Verona, Italy is such a beautiful place with an extraordinarily rich history and culture. How did growing up there impact your design sensibility?
Yes, Verona is incredible. My mother is an art major and my grandmother was as stylish as you can be. So between the two and the surrounding areas and history, it was great inspiration. I loved everything that was aesthetic, from Verona, to Valpolicella, to Lake Garda, to the Dolomites.
Were you particularly fashion conscious a child?
Yes, I was the kid who pushed the boundaries, wearing ‘that thing” that others wouldn’t dare to, and getting the weird reactions from friends and teachers. But I loved to create an effect. And I’m a big believer in always being your true self.
I read that you left school at the age of 14 to pursue fashion as a career. What led to you making that decision at such a young age?
To be honest, I was not motivated to continue school. I was more motivated to get out into the world and explore things with my own eyes. Of course, there should be a balance, but you can learn lots of things just by doing them.
Was there one particular mentor that was most influential for you early on?
His name was Angelo – a tailor in Rome. He was a close friend of the family and lived above the apartment my family owned. He had a beautiful penthouse, big and bright, in the heart of Rome. I used to go and hang out when I was a kid. At one point I started to want to be like him. He pushed me not to, saying I should follow my creative side and to design and get people to make things for me instead of becoming a tailor. I realized that as a tailor I would only be able to create certain things, and most of my time would be consumed in the actual sewing of the product. So I listened to him and decided to follow my heart and create... READ MORE