When it comes to fashion, it can be a mistake to reduce diversity to just skin colour, gender or age. This is a phenomenon that should be considered from the very first point in 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 garment’s usability and functionality.
How do designers reflect this today? Diversity does not need to be called out, it simply exists as the new status quo and IED students are really aware of this.
2022 IED-educated fashion collections explore identity through garments that transform patterns; open discussions about sexuality or gender; rethinking traditional crafts thanks to new technology; creating sustainable solutions, from a recycling perspective to developing biotextiles; and provoke an impact on our society with their creations.
Last November in Milan, 10 graduated from IED Fashion Design Bachelor course in Italy
presented his fashion collection to the world at the event”The future starts slowly” on the occasion of Fashion graduate Italy 2022. At the center of each student’s project we always find the person: the garment is added, follows the individual, but the focus always remains the interior, the soul and the values of each person. The fashion show was an invitation to slow down and draw attention to the natural time scan that sustainable production would require.
IED’s point of view on inclusivity was shown to more than 400 attendees, showcasing a wide range of new fashion design proposals in a show of 50 looks.
Graduated in IED Rome, Maria Eleonora Pignata presented “Aches”, a collection in which she explores the concepts of destruction and rebirth in fashion. In particular, she draws inspiration from Sekhmet, an Egyptian goddess who embodies this duality: while preserving her destructive nature, she heals and regenerates. A perfect allegory transferred to the garments, which she investigates with the deconstruction of pieces and sartorial references.
Gaia Cegliefrom IED Milano presented “Deformities”, a genderless collection that questions identity through a layering of fabrics, large volumes and the progressive annulment of the silhouette.
Luca Di Pra, still from IED Milano, thoroughly researched modeling and pattern with the aim of transforming sartorial silhouettes in a genderless perspective. His Collection”Divide ” took inspiration from the Italo Calvino book “Il visconte dimezzato” with the aim of creating new garments that can remain in anyone’s wardrobe over the years and become an emotional part for them.
Riccardo Cotta and Matteo Mojanafrom the Accademia Aldo Galli, presented “Heroes Kobayashi”, a fashion collection that is believed to break all prejudices, stereotypes, personal masks and dualism. A critic of our current society who reinterprets contemporary codes with the clothes of an adventurous and fearless fictional character named Helter Kobayashi.
They are four examples of how today’s generational identity is shaped by design students and the power this discipline has to transform our society. To be a part of this change for IED students is to embrace all identities, perspectives and voices and find solutions that can be meaningful to society, where everyone can feel accepted, seen, supported and included.