The most brilliant fashion designer Renato Balestra will be presenting his 2017 Summer Collection in Valletta on the 21st July 2017. He singled out St George’s Square as the perfect venue to have his flowing designs and evocative creations displayed. Alta Moda Sotto le Stelle is organised by the Chamber of Fashion Malta, under the patronage of the Italian Embassy and in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta. This wondrous event will welcome Maltese dignitaries, distinguished guests, as well as personalities coming from Italy and other countries.

Balestra was born in 1924, in the northern Italian border city of Trieste, into a family of engineers and architects. The master studied engineering, however, in the process, and in response to a bet made amongst friends, he produced a fashion draft that eventually led him to Milan where he designed for an haute couture collection.  This was a starting point, followed by a brisk move to Rome. He started to collaborate with the most important fashion houses in Rome at the time, such as Sorelle Fontana and Shuberth. Renato Balestra opened his first Atelier in Via Gregoriana, Rome, however, a few years later, Via Sistina, became the symbol of Maison Balestra where the designer began to rise to his international fame.

Above: Spring/Summer 2017 by Renato Balestra

Balestra has been awarded international and national prestigious prizes in recognition of his talent. He prides himself for having designed for famous clients and global celebrities including several First Ladies, Princesses and actresses. Renato Balestra has designed the costumes for various theatre operas as well as airline uniforms. One thing he never compromises on is the high standards of Italian sartorial couture. He blends tradition with modernity. His sense of style is in constant flow seamlessly and effortlessly.  His Italian style has made its mark on the international stage. Maison Balestra is one of the few Italian firms that is still owned by the family combined with a strongly managerial company structure.

Bernard Polidano captures Balestra (left) shaking hands with Dr Gulia, observed by Ms Borg (centre).

The event is seated (8 pm), and by invite. The public can join the standing audience, contact the Malta Chamber of Fashion for further details.

About The Malta Chamber of Fashion Foundation:

Dr Juliana Scerri Ferrante founded the Malta Chamber of Fashion Foundation, in November 2014.  Juliana believes that Fashion is Culture.  Inspired by Maltese heritage and a wealth of craftsmanship in Italy,  she formed a community in Malta and Italy, where fashion and culture could breed. The mission of the Chamber is to ensure that maximum publicity for young Maltese artists is achieved and to offer them access to international exposure. Today the Chamber is well established as a cultural entity and proudly presents an annual and prestigious Fashion show. These events host internationally acclaimed designers with many renowned Italian houses showing their collections, inspiring up and coming designers from Malta. This is a commitment that the Chamber has made to encourage more talent to come forward, and take the plunge to show their designs. As a Chamber, it has signed protocols with the leading fashion academies in Rome and Florence.  The aim is to send Maltese students and designers to these Italian academies and fashion houses for short courses and work placements to study, enhance and sharpen their talents before returning to Malta or getting offered opportunities to work overseas. The Chamber is also developing the potential of having Italian students doing their internship in Malta. In 2017, Dr Scerri Ferrante handed over her Presidency to Caroline Borg who will carry the baton and continue with the yearly commitment of staging a spectacular fashion event. Caroline shares the same love and passion for Fashion and Beauty as Juliana and is an avid follower of the Arts, Culture and Dance.

Press conference: 19.07.17 held at luxurious The Phoenicia, Malta