Craftsmen Designers Makers explores the relationships and mutual influences between design, traditional craftsmanship and the new opportunities offered by digital processes and new fabricating technologies in Italian fashion, at the intersection between heritage and innovation. Since its birth after WWII, the imagery of ‘Made in Italy’ has been associated with excellence of manufacturing, luxury textiles, handcrafted goods, high quality materials, specialized productions, experimentation and inventiveness. In response to the new challenges and opportunities from the changing global markets, the availability and dissemination of knowledge and means of productions, a new wave of creativity and entrepreneurship is now shaping what will be ‘Made in Italy’ tomorrow.
The exhibition traces the seeds of the change occurring to the ways of conceiving, designing, and making fashion. How is the fashion industry responding to the cultural and technological changes? Addressing the question from different perspectives, the exhibition presents three main sections fertilizing one another and negotiating new imaginaries and possibilities for fashion crafting, design and making.
A showcase of the material and intangible heritage of craftsmanship presenting the embodied intelligence in the works of maestros of crafts and young artisans. Curated by Clara Tosi Pamphili and Alessio de Navasques.
The legacy of Massimo Osti, designer and ‘maker’ ante litteram, and the creative collaborations between emerging designers and brands showcasing research into innovative garment processes engineering, industrial, serialized and handmade production in casual wear, prêt-à-porter and haute couture.
Latest trends in digital processing transforming the way fashion is conceived, created and manufactured showcasing projects of collaborative, open source collections and digital processes.