When it comes to fashion, it may be wrong to reduce diversity to skin color, gender, or age alone. This is a phenomenon that must be considered from the very first point of the design process. To understand the urgency, let’s look at “diversity” in the fashion industry more generally.
People tend to think in binary terms, whereas an inclusive perspective sees no boundaries but a fluid transition that connects and unites opposites. For example, beauty can exist without compromising the usability and functionality of the garment.
How do designers reflect this today? Diversity does not need to be denounced, it simply exists as a new status quo and IED students are very aware of this.
Fashion collections from IED 2022 graduates explore identity through pattern-transforming garments; open discussions about sexuality or gender; rethinking traditional crafts using new technologies; create sustainable solutions, from an upcycling perspective to the development of biotextiles; and cause an impact on our society with their creations.
Last November in Milan, 10 graduates of IED Fashion Design Undergraduate Courses in Italy
showcased their fashion collection to the world at the event”The future starts slowly» on the occasion of the Fashion Graduate Italy 2022. At the center of each student’s project, we always find the person: the garment is added, accompanies the individual, but the accent always remains on the interior, the soul and the values of each human being. The fashion show was an invitation to slow down and draw attention to the natural sweep of time that sustainable production would require.
IED’s take on inclusivity was showcased to over 400 attendees, showcasing a wide range of new fashion design proposals in a show comprised of 50 looks.
Graduated from IED Roma, Maria Eleonora Pignata present “Akhet», a collection where she explores the concepts of destruction and rebirth in fashion. She is particularly inspired by Sekhmet, an Egyptian goddess who embodies this duality: while preserving her destructive natures, she heals and regenerates. A perfect allegory transmitted to clothes, which she investigates with the deconstruction of pieces and clothing references.
Gaia Ceglieof IED Milano presented “Deformer», a genderless collection questioning identity through a layering of fabrics, overabundant volumes and the progressive cancellation of the silhouette.
Luca Dipra, again from IED Milano, has done extensive research on modeling and patronage with the aim of transforming clothing silhouettes in a genderless perspective. His collection”Divide ” was inspired by Italo Calvino’s book “Il visconte dimezzato” with the aim of creating new clothes that can remain in anyone’s wardrobe over the years and become an emotional piece for them.
Ricardo Cotta and Matteo Mojanafrom the Accademia Aldo Galli, presented “Helter Kobayashi», a fashion collection designed to break down all prejudice, stereotypes, personal masks and dualism. A critique of our current society that reinterprets contemporary codes with the clothes of an adventurous and fearless fictional character named Helter Kobayashi.
These are four examples of how the identity of today’s generation is shaped by design students and the power this discipline has to transform our society. Being part of this change for IED students means embracing all identities, perspectives and voices and finding solutions that can be meaningful to society, where everyone can feel accepted, seen, supported and included.