Born in 1971, from a Swedish mother and a Milanese father, Marco Zanini grew up in Milan and developed a strong interest in design, art and fashion. He graduated from Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti in 1995. Since then, he has been developing a strong experience in fashion. After several years as Lawrence Steele’s assistant, he went to Dolce & Gabbana as Domenico Dolce’s assistant on womenswear. Then, for nine years, he became Versace’s head designer for both women’s ready-to-wear and haute couture collections. Working closely with Donatella Versace for such a long period, Marco Zanini has been part of the house comeback as a main fashion player. When Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein decided to relaunch the iconic American brand, Halston, Marco Zanini moved to New York to become its creative director. In 2009, Marco Zanini relaunched ROCHAS fashion.