Susi Billingsley has matured thirty years of experience in the world of fashion, luxury and prestige markets, editorial, curatorial projects and start-ups. Born and raised in Rome, where she studied fashion, she moved to New York City where she joined Vogue Magazine. In her tenure as Fashion Market Director, next to running the fashion department, her primary responsibility was to cover the European collections devoting particular attention to new trends and up and coming talent. Back in Rome, as Creative Director for Valentino, she guided the company further by implementing creative guidelines for both the Haute Couture and Ready-to-wear collections, advertising implementation make over and setting brand standards.
A keen understanding of creative content and morphing landscapes has led her, as Creative Director, to more opportunities in leading fashion companies in addressing strategic planning, company repositioning and branding guidelines. Her interest and passion for editorial and curatorial work has spurred consulting on diverse projects spanning from editorial, to television to photography.
More recently, as the Deputy Curator for the Rome Hub of the Global Shapers community at the World Economic Forum, under the Funding Curator’s mandate she lead a team of shapers by setting strategic planning, community standards, project deliveries, events, and liaising with institutional, academic and businesses in building partnerships such as the US Embassy in Rome, the European Maker Faire, UNICEF, ENEL Foundation and Huffington Post Italy.
This experience has further cemented her commitment to engaging and embracing the principles of sustainability and circular economy models, crossing and intersecting at 2.0.