WHEN FASHION AND PHOTOGRAPHY INTERSECT
I was a child when ecstatically I viewed the tasteful, dreamlike photography of David La Chapelle. They were photographs that immortalize top caliber models like Naomi Campbell, in bright-colored collages and united pop style with that of the Baroque period giving birth to stupendously surreal artwork. I believe it was from this influence that was born my strong desire to one day work in publicity, and particularly, in the world of fashion.
Dear followers, imagine my joy when I discovered that in Rome at the Palace of Exposition from April 29 until September 13 there was a huge retrospective exhibit dedicated to David La Chapelle called, After the Deluge.
My joy became sheer ecstasy the moment the invitation arrived for me to attend the fashion show, Frames, organized by the European Institute of Design, which was held in no other than the palace rooms which housed the exhibition. It was a dream that became reality. On the night of July 16, 30 models had fluctuated with enchanting harmony among the works of the great photographer. The young designers, found inspiration from the photos of David La Chapelle, which succeeded to intelligently mix traditional and innovative principles. And here marvelous clothes and fantastic jewelry took life from the coexistence of traditional rules and modern techniques. The brilliance brought together solid artisan craftsmanship with current industry leaders combining old tradition with new technologies like digital printing, 3D processing, and others utilized on revisited fabrics.Accuracy and innovation, play and rigor, whim and inspired thought; all this Frames embodied
The students succeeded to overcome each limit: playing on contrasts in the face of recalls, and their use of dialogues and oppositions modeled a show of unique flavor. In this show was found expressions of oriental culture, Art Nouveau, preppy American style, and futuristic geometry. Together they well created a surreal anatomy and—with the support of rubber foam—colored outfits of Wes Anderson film characters. Next to the opulence and mysterious sensuality of Mata Hari, stood the rigidity of the popular Russian dress, and the clean lines of clothing from Bogotà in the 30’s and 40’s. Further came the evanescent transparency of phantoms, rigid reflections from ice, and even all the three realms of the Divine Comedy. In this show feminine figures modeled an array clothing from body wear to bike-inspired sports wear to kids’ clothing. The show that fully succeeded in its twofold intents, 1: to have created an innovative product, 2: to unite fashion, design, and photography. Never, as in this moment, has creativity and function intersected, influenced and inspired each other so greatly.
Thank you IED for accepting me to attend this amazing event.
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