The powers that be have spoken and Casey Cadwallader is the new creative director at the head of womenswear at Mugler.
Over the last four years, David Koma has been the creative steam behind the Parisian fashion house Mugler. But, as of December 1st, his reign has ended in favor of some new blood, thirty-eight-year-old American designer Casey Cadwallader (below).
Koma’s sudden exit has given him the opportunity to focus on his own brand in London. In a statement made by Virginie Courtin-Clarins, the managing director of Mugler fashion, David’s influence made a great impact on the fashion house.
“I am truly grateful for having had the pleasure of working with David and I thank him for his powerful vision of the modern Mugler woman, which has drawn a new expression of the brand. I wish him the best of luck with his future ambitions.” – Virginie Courtin-Clarins, Managing Director of Mugler Fashion.
Clarins Group’s new acquisition of Casey Cadwallader seems to be well thought out. Although he is not well known to the masses, Cadwallader has been in the fashion trenches for quite some time.
Over the last decade and a half, Casey Cadwallader has worked behind the scenes of some of the most trendy and influential fashion houses. Starting out as an intern at Marc Jacobs, Cadwallader has also worked as the head of womenswear at Acne Studios, Lowe, and Narciso Rodriguez.
In a statement, the president of Clarins Group, Sandrine Groslier, spoke on her delight to welcome Cadwallader to the Clarins family.
“The Clarins Group are very happy to welcome Casey Cadwallader to Mugler. His determination and unique sensitivity to Mugler’s artistic and experimental heritage will enable us to pursue the renewal of the House in the long term. We are confident that his personal vision and talent will position Mugler amongst the most sought after avant-garde fashion brands of today.” – Sandrine Groslier, President of Clarins Fragrance Group, Mugler Fashion and Fragrance.
It is always a gamble when brands change creative heads, but with his extensive work under design innovators like Jacobs and Rodriguez, Cadwallader may prove to become the next great name in fashion. We will be watching closely to see how his training, and years of experience prepare him for the task of designing for such an innovative and deeply abstract, and artistic brand.