February 27 - March 6, 2013
Tuesday - Saturday
02:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Made in Town
On the occasion of Paris Fashion Week for Winter 2013-14 ready-to-wear, Made in Town presents the work of Sylvio Giardina, Roman fashion designer.
In Italy, if Florence and Milan share an excellence in ready-to-wear, Rome has seen since the end of the 1940s a succession of multiple generations of couturiers and fashion designers in the tradition of Alta Moda, the Italian little sister of haute couture.
From the mythical Sorelle Fontana who created the golden age of Italian cinema with the impetuous Giambattista Valli, passing by Roberto Capucci and his sculptural dresses and Valentino with his red carpet creations: all come from the local know-how – from "sartorial" confection to embroidery – and across generations, each have contributed to the enrichment and transmission of gestures and techniques.
Sylvio Giardina is one of the true inheritors of this culture. After many years of experience as the head of a couture house that created for its clients exceptional clothing to-measure, he has offered for many seasons a personal collection which one may qualify as "prêt-à-couture" as it combines the artisan techniques of Roman Alta Moda with industrial techniques and innovations, notably with the surprising use of polyethylene foam.
Inspired by the universe of the film The Hunger, the new collection of Sylvio Giardina plays with the harmonious fusion of iconic references and subtle avant-garde provocations by combining traditionally masculine textiles such as tweed and gabardine with materials from the world of fetishism: vinyl, fishnet and neoprene.
Charlotte von Poehl’s work is informed by the history of design and by minimal art; it oscillates between art and life, between usefulness and aesthetics, while questioning the space, the lighting and the architecture of the room it occupies. The piece she has created in collaboration with Woven Studio for the exhibition entitled “Patchworks” at the Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art eloquently testifies to how open her practice is to other fields of creation.
In order to promote the know-how and characteristics of the tapestry from Aubusson, the county town of the French region of Creuse, Made in Town conducted a series of three documentary videos at the request of the International City of the Tapestry and Woven art, in partnership with l’Institut français de la mode and with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.