Ever since the term “real clothes” came out in Japan, adventurous clothing became the enemy. And then ALL high-end clothing became the enemy. Anything that isn’t “real” (bascially, a blanket term for casual clothing) is what…? Is it fake? So then interesting clothing disappeared from the Japanese market.
I for one think it’s time for a revival. There’s something to be said about artistic high-fashion and it’s ability to make us feel like we are one of a kind. I appreciate foreign big fashion maisons as much as the local street-fashion brands because some of them really do send works of art down the runway (we hardly even see that on the runway in Tokyo T_T ).
Sylvio Giardina is one designer who is not giving up on making high-quality works of art for the body. I wore the orange Sylvio Giardina couture dress last month and like magic his newest collection photos made their way to my inbox.
His collection is a dialogue between fashion and art, and pushing the envelope on body shape as well as material. He was inspired by designer Gaetano Pesce’s works from the late Sixties where colorful morphing and flow give way to innovative forms.
He fuses jersey with polyurethane, sculpted with unbelievable volume. This time he also experimented with metallic organdy giving it softness that seems impossible.
And I love these gifs! I find myself searching into each photo trying to find the movement….mesmerizing.
Sylvio Giardina is a creative person with dual identities, embodied happily in fashion (as a designer of haute couture) and art (as a visual artist). I’m so pleased to have met this designer and I really hope that people can see that “real” clothing can coexist with adventurous fashion… after all, the orange dress I wore was so soft and much more comfortable to wear than a lot of scratchy ill-fitting “real” clothing in my closet. So now what’s real, really?