Champagne? Check. Outrageous outfits? Check. An abundance of creative talent, all housed under the impressive eaves of the Istituto Marangoni design and fashion school? You guessed it.
The Degree Show allowed visitors to witness the impressive talents of Istituto Marangoni’s Class of 2012, whose skills ranged from Interior Design to Fashion Design to Graphic Design. Browsing through the students’ portfolios, it was easy to see that the institute is a hub of creative energy, and the aptitude of its pupils was evident in the presentation of their work.
…collections inspired by a host of concepts…
The institute’s award ceremony recognised the crème de la crème from each individual discipline, with Mohsen Keramati nabbing the prize for best Fashion Design student, whilst Nadia Tan won the award for Fashion Styling. Examining Keramati’s portfolio, I was impressed by the scope of his vision, his collections inspired by a host of concepts, from The Last Shaman to the Eiffel Tower and industrialisation. I particularly liked the skull T-shirt that he had designed, adding a fresh perspective to a motif that is relatively commonplace. The print seemed to be part X-ray, part ghostly apparition. The effect was striking.
Nadia Tan’s skills as a stylist also came through strongly when viewing her selected pieces. Nadia revealed that she did not believe in “the perfect image”, only “ones that demand your attention, where your eyes hold gaze to [their] composition”. This idea was put into practice with her main piece, Spilt Milk, in which the model’s outline is slightly blurry. The tension between the movement of the model and the stillness of the image perfectly captures Nadia’s philosophy, and her award was well-deserved.
…a boy-next-door model wearing a skeleton backpack…
I was equally impressed, however, by a number of Fashion Styling students, many of whom did not make it into the final three. Charlotte Guille’s work – which is inspired most of all by colour – was especially effective, with the cosmic explosion of the outfits she chose juxtaposed nicely against the black, smoky background of the shoot. Tiziana Lia, who claimed that “There seems to be a light and dark side to my personality and my thoughts”, portrayed images that were both cutesy and morbid, embodied perhaps best of all by a boy-next-door model wearing a skeleton backpack. Alexandra Saushkina’s portofolio was full of personality, with a real sense of playful attitude, and Juan Sebastian Gil Romero’s main piece was sensational, depicting a male model half-in-half-out of a dinner jacket, the “dressed-up” side giving way to rolled-up trouser legs revealing a large tattoo and grungy boots.
There were also a number of Fashion Design students who didn’t make the final three, but who certainly caught my attention. Veronica Piana’s work was in part influenced by T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, with the desolation and aridity of the chosen passage mirrored in the minimalistic, almost canyon-like quality of one of her projects. Helena Tellow’s concepts were equally imaginative, for example her collection for which a plane crash over Antarctica sets the scene, accounting for the loose seams, faux fur and inside-out feel to the collection. I especially enjoyed Dorotea Posphialj’s collection inspired by insects, which was at times skeletal and sparse, at times swathing and luxurious, her drawing skills equally as impressive as the pieces themselves.
Overall, the evening was a great success, and every single student at the Istituto Marangoni should be proud of the results of all their hard work.