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Interviewing Daniela Corcio from Ikonostas for Catwalk Yourself

“Ikonostas is a brand distinguished by an experimental approach to lingerie and tailoring. Daniela Corcio – founder and designer of the label – worked and collaborated with some of the most well-known fashion companies, such as Chloé, Proenza Schouler, Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood. Now she is pushing the boundaries of luxury and femininity, and we interviewed her to discover how she is succeeding with it.

The very first thing that I would like to ask you is very simple, what does it mean to you the name you choose for your label, Ikonostas?

DC: Ikonostas is a greek word that means ‘icon stand’, it’s the wall of icons…”

If you are curious to read more clik here and read more on Catwalk Yourself!

Enjoy it!

The Future of Fashion is Now

I know that it’s been a while that I am not posting new contents n my blog… However I’ve been very busy in the last months… and I’m going to show you one of the reasons why I didn’t have enough time to write new posts.

Click here to find my review – for the website Catwalk Yourself – about the exhibition The Future of Fashion is Now at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam (open until January 2015).

It is higly reccomended to visit the exhibition and I would say that is one of the best that I saw in a long time!

Enjoy the exhibition!

A Faceless Mask

Faceless (open until April 13th) is an exhibition about the concept of mask, which is seen not only as a decorative headpiece, but also as a medium to investigate the meaning of Identity and Culture. In my opinion it is not surprising to see that the majority of the artworks presented in the exhibition are produced by female artists, because the mask and the masquerade is often used by artist to explore the Feminine and the female self (for instance like in the series of self- portraits by Cindy Sherman).

1. Cultural Masks
Most of the works exhibited have as subject the most controversial garment in the world: the burqa.
The traditional veil from Middle East and North Africa show exactly how a garment carries not only a practical function but also a large spectrum of meanings (or symbols). Some people look at it as the proof of the underdevelopment of Muslim countries in order to justify racist behaviours and policies in the West; others use it to underline the social inequalities between women and men in the world; and some others look at it as a tool to reinforce their cultural identity.
In the exhibition there are two pieces that interpret the multiform symbol of burqa. The first one is a picture that recalls advertising campaigns: but the centre of the advertising is a burqa by the brand H&M and worn by a blond model. I think that the artist is questioning through this picture the beauty standards carried by the fashion industry. The picture shows that those standards cover the real body and identity of a woman in the same way as a burqa does.
The other artwork is the Anti-Drone Burqa, designed by Adam Harvey and Johanna Bloomfield in New York. The interesting feature of this object is the fact that a traditional garment, seen as tool for female’s oppression, is transformed into a defensive weapon against the extreme oppression of war, protecting the possible owner form drones.

2. Organic Masks
A mask is not only an artefact separated from the actual body. It can also be integrated into the body itself. This more conceptual way to look at the mask, and the photographic medium, helps the artists to create a sort of fake reality that become real into the fiction of the picture.
The paradox is that the human body becomes faceless thanks to an additional face, in a post-human representation of the identity itself. The person behind the mask is so deeply integrated with it that he (or she) become completely part of it: so a woman in her refined dress become a Lady Glittersky (as suggested by the title) or the human skin can be seen as a wood of the highest quality (Sterling Wood).

If you are in Amsterdam that’s definetly an exhibition that you must see!

More informations and pictures here! Enjoy it!

En vie á Paris

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Forget the Louvre, Museè d’Orsay or Pompidou: if you’re in Paris right now you must visit one of the most interesting exhibitions in the French capital.
Until September 1st it will be possible to see the exhibition En vie, aux frontières du design at the Fondation EDF (6, rue Récamier 75007).
It’ a new genre of Design made of alive materials: science-fiction jewellery of stem cells from 2084; chairs of mushrooms; colourfull and coloring bacteria; micro robots sewing garments on the skin and other innovative hi-tech solutions to ecologic and ethic needs…Can you imagine?

An exclusive opportunity to see how the future will be! You cannot miss it!

Check the website!

Dimenticate il Louvre, il Museo d’Orsay o il Pompidou: se vi trovate a Parigi in questo momento dovete visitare una delle mostre più interessanti che la città offre al momento.
Fino al 1 Settembre sarà possibile vedere la mostra En vie, aux frontières du design presso la Fondation EDF (6, rue Récamier 75007).
Si tratta di un nuovo genere di Design fatto di materiale vivente: fantascientifici gioielli di cellule staminali dal 2084; sedie micotiche; batteri colorati e coloranti; micro robot che cuciono i vestiti sulla pelle e altre innovazioni hi-tech per rispondere a bisogni ecologici ed etici…Riuscite a immaginare?

È un’opportunità unica per vedere come apparirà il futuro! Non potete perderla!

Msgm + Toilet Paper

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Another collaboration between designers and artists: Massimo Giorgietti (designer at MSGM) and the celebrated concepltual artist Maurizio Cattelan created a Limited Collection made of surreal sweatshirts. 

The ten items will be presented at the event Milano Moda Uomo, June  22/26.

The collection will be available at the following websites starting from the end of June: thecorner.com, Colette.fr, Lanecrawford.com, Luisaviaroma.com e SSense.com

 

Ancora un’altra collaborazione tra artisti e designer: Massimo Giorgetti (designer di MSGM) e il pluricelebrato Maurizio Cattelan hanno realizzato una Collezione Limitata di dieci felpe dai temi surreali.

La collezione sarà presentata durante la settimana della moda maschile Milano Moda Uomo, dal 22 al 26 Giugno.

I capi saranno disponibili a partire da fine Giugno sui seguenti siti: thecorner.com, Colette.fr, Lanecrawford.com, Luisaviaroma.com e SSense.com

Mariko Mori: rebirth

In questi giorni si è chiusa la mostra riguardante l’artista giapponese Mariko Mori (generazione 1967), tenutasi alla Royal Academy of Arts, dove le opere sono state ospitate dal 13 Dicembre fino al 17 Febbraio.
Un esposizione raccolta, sia nel numero di lavori presentati che nell’organizzazione degli spazi, consentendo allo spettatore di instaurare un dialogo intimo con le opere.
La mostra è stata progettata in collaborazione con l’artista stessa e il titolo Rebirth allude al momento del calendario nel quale l’evento è incominciato: il solstizio d’inverno e l’inizio della nuova era astrale nel Dicembre del 2012.
Anche solo da questo indizio iniziale capiamo il profondo legame tra Mariko Mori e la cultura zen giapponese. Che siano grandi installazioni incanalanti l’energia delle stelle, menhir di luce intermittente, voci robotiche che fuoriescono dal piccolo scrigno di vetro appeso come un lampadario o acquerelli su carta tutti funzionano come esercizi di meditazione, sia per noi che li ammiriamo concentrati che per l’artista che li produce.
Energia e natura sono usate dalla Mori come potenti strumenti tecnologici, che grazie al video e agli elettrodi essa può utilizzare secondo il suo volere. Non come un delirio di onnipotenza dell’uomo sulla natura, bensì come riscoperta e rinascita della tecnologia a partire dalla natura stessa. Quale utensile è più potente del Sole? O dell’energia scatenata da una stella morente? L’Arte diventa intermediaria tra il mondo umano e la Terra, le forze del cielo e dell’alta tecnologia usata dalla Mori cooperano, riflettono insieme, si uniscono nel creare oggetti fisici e concettuali allo stesso tempo.
L’artista guida con delicatezza lo spettatore, tenendolo per mano, attraverso le stanze del museo con i video e le registrazioni della sua voce, raccontando il processo che ha generato quelle opere, senza lasciare enormi punti interrogativi senza soluzione.

Unica nota negativa: era troppo breve, avrei voluto che durasse di più.