Bill Pesce, Alfred Angelo’s new Senior Designer.
Bill Pesce, Alfred Angelo’s new Senior Designer.

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Michele Piccione retires from Alfred Angelo over the 65 limit.

Alfred Angelo family member, designer and Chief Creative Officer Michele Piccione has retired. Bill Pesce, hired in late 2015 as senior designer, will assume the role of Head Designer at the company’s Delray headquarters.

Michele Piccione’s father, Alfred Angelo Piccione, and his wife Edythe Piccione, founded Alfred Angelo over 80 years ago. Michele has held the role of Head Designer followed by Chief Creative Officer for over 40 years, setting the creative direction for Alfred Angelo, and leading the product and marketing teams. During that period she also designed the Christian Dior U.S.A. bridal line for over a decade, followed by the Givenchy bridal line.

Michele is considered an industry leader and has been recognized many times for her accomplishments, receiving the FEMME award, numerous DEBI awards including industry Designer of the Year, and the Pennsylvania award for Artistic Excellence.

“I have met many extraordinary people and developed lifelong friendships throughout my career,” saidMichele Piccione during a meeting at the Delray headquarters, “It’s truly been an honor, joy and a privilege to have worked  in an industry that has made dreams come true for brides across the world.”

With Michele’s retirement, industry veteran Bill Pesce will lead the Alfred Angelo design team in 2016. Previously with Jordan Fashions, Pesce joined the Alfred Angelo design team last year and will now serve as Head Designer. In this role, Pesce will be responsible for leading all bridal, bridesmaid, special occasion and flower girl development at Alfred Angelo’s headquarters in Delray Beach.

“Michele Piccione’s many contributions have kept Alfred Angelo at the forefront of the bridal industry,“ saidRichard Anders, President and Chief Executive Officer at Alfred Angelo. “We wish Michele all the best in her future endeavors.”

Previously with Jordan Fashions, Pesce will be responsible for leading all design teams at Alfred Angelo’s headquarters in Delray Beach.

A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pesce began his career designing and constructing costumes for the Broadway Theatre. He first entered the bridal industry as a Special Occasion designer for Demetrios, and then moved to Jim Hjelm where he designed their bridesmaid collection for 12 years. While at Hjelm, Pesce received the DEBI (Distinctive Excellence in the Bridal Industry) for style innovator in the bridesmaids category.

Most recently, Pesce worked as Head Designer at Jordan Fashions where he designed all lines under the Jordan label for 17 years. His collections have won many industry awards and in 2010, Jordan Fashions by Bill Pesce was inducted into the bridal industry’s Hall of Fame.

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