I’m excited about this week’s edition of the Designer Crochet Project because we’re up to Emilio Pucci. Pucci is the designer of the dress that I chose for the cover art for this project (above) before I’d learned that this dress, cited numerous times as a crochet fashion item, is actually not crochet at all but is knit. I’m curious to take a closer look and see if there is indeed crochet in this designer’s line and what it looks like. Let’s go …

About Fashion Designer Emilio Pucci

My trusty guide, Simone Werle’s 50 Fashion Designers You Should Know Designer Crochet: The 50 Famous Fashion Designers Project, tells me that Emilio Pucci’s designs were first published in Harper’s Bazaar in 1948 and that shortly thereafter he created his own unique style called jet-set chic. At that time he got some attention as an innovative designer who was using nontraditional materials (such as nylon, which was new at the time). However, Pucci really came into his own as a designer in the 1960’s with a style that combined close-fitting elegance (think perfectly draped silk jersey dresses) with a keen sense for patterns that earned him the nickname “Prince of Prints”. Pucci released his first couture line in 1962 and designed four collections per year annually after that. Pucci died in 1992 but his great sense of style lives on in the House of Pucci which his daughter took over after his death.

Pucci Crochet

This 2012 Resort Collection Pucci Dress is, by all reports, crochet. Think that’s right?

2011 Pucci Crochet Swimsuit, via Coolspotters

Crochet Inspired by Pucci

A boldly colored crochet Barbie dress complemented by a faux Pucci handbag.

Pucci Designs I Wish Were Reinvented in Crochet

It’s tough to turn great prints into great crochet but oh how I wish a smart crochet designer would tackle the task on these Pucci designs:

1960’s Pucci Dress. Via My Fashion Too

Another 1960’s colorful Pucci dress

Vintage Pucci Swimsuit. Via Rococo Vintage.

Do any of Pucci’s designs inspire you as a crocheter?


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  1. ElevenHandmade Reply

    Thanks for this post – I always enjoy designer crochet posts!
    I still think the black dress is knitted (but not 100% sure), and the swimsuit looks more macrame to me than crochet.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @ElevenHandmade Thanks! I agree that these Pucci items may also not be true crochet even though they’re advertised as crochet in the stores.

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