Vice President of Design for Donna Karan
Peter Speliopoulos is the Vice President of Design for Donna Karan New York.
He was born in Greece in 1961. His parents were always travelling between New York and Paris. He spent most of his childhood in Springfield Massachusetts, but he finally settled in New York.
He studied fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York where he graduated in 1981.
His first job as a fashion designer was as assistant stylist with Laura Biagiotti in Rome in 1982. He then worked briefly for “Christian Dior” and later for New York designer “Gloria Sacks Inc.”
In 1985 he was named Creative Director at “Carolyne Roehm”, where he worked until 1991. After that, he started directing collections for Joseph Abboud.
From 1993 to 1997 he worked as a designer for “Donna Karan” in New York. He replaced Narcisco Rodriguez as Head of Design for the women’s collection of “Nino Cerruti” in 1997.
While working for “Cerruti”, he really gave the label a fresh modern look. He left “Cerruti” in 2002 only to return to New York as Vice President of Design for Donna Karan New York.
He points out that the fabrication of Balenciaga, the essentialism of Halston and the intelligence of Yves St. Laurent have always been a source of inspiration for him.
Peter began collaborating with Karole Armitage in Greece, in the summer of 2000, designing costumes for the theatrical production of “The Birds”, an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes.
He and Robert Turner are a couple for more than twenty years.