IED shapes diversity

IED shapes diversity

When it comes to fashion, it can be wrong to reduce diversity to skin color, gender or age only. This is a phenomenon that must be taken into account from the very first point of the design process. To understand the urgency, let’s look at ‘diversity’ in the fashion industry in general.

People tend to think in binary terms, while an inclusive perspective sees no boundaries but a fluid transition that connects and unites opposites. For example, beauty can exist without compromising the practicality and functionality of the garment.

How do designers reflect this today? Diversity doesn’t need to be mentioned, it just exists as the new status quo and IED students are really aware of this.

2022 IED graduate fashion collections explore identity by transforming clothing patterns; open discussions about sexuality or gender; rethink traditional craftsmanship thanks to new technologies; creating sustainable solutions, from upcycling to developing biotextiles; and provoke an impact on our society with their creations.

Last November in Milan, 10 graduates from IED Fashion Design Undergraduate Courses in Italy

presented their fashion collection to the world at the event”Future starts slowly” on the occasion of the Fashion graduate Italia 2022. At the center of each student’s project, we always find the person: the garment adds to, accompanies the individual, but the focus always remains the interior, soul and values ​​of each human being. The fashion show was an invitation to slow down and focus on the natural scanning of time that requires sustainable production.

IED’s vision of inclusivity was showcased to over 400 attendees, showcasing a wide variety of new fashion design proposals in a show consisting of 50 looks.

Graduated in IED Roma, Maria Eleanor Pignata presented “Akhet”, a collection in which she explores the concepts of destruction and rebirth in fashion. She takes particular inspiration from Sekhmet, an Egyptian goddess who embodies this duality: while retaining her destructive nature, she heals and regenerates. A perfect allegory transferred to the garments, which she explores with piece deconstruction and sartorial references.

Image: Akhet by Maria Eleonora Pignata

Gaia Ceglieof IED Milano presented “Distorter”, a genderless collection that questions identity through a layering of fabrics, abundant volumes and the gradual destruction of the silhouette.

Image: Deformiter by Gaia Ceglie

Luca DiPra, still from IED Milano, deeply researched modeling and pattern making with the aim of transforming sartorial silhouettes into a genderless perspective. His collection “division ” was inspired by the book “Il visconte dimezzato” by Italo Calvino with the aim of creating new garments that can stay in everyone’s wardrobe for years and become an emotional piece for them.

Image: Dividet by Luca Di Pra

Richard Cotta and Matteo Mojanafrom Accademia Aldo Galli, presented “Clear Kobayashi”, a fashion collection that would break through all prejudices, stereotypes, personal masks and dualisms. A critic of our contemporary society who reinterprets contemporary codes with the garments for an adventurous and fearless fictional character named Helter Kobayashi.

Image: Helter Kobayashi by Riccardo Cotta and Matteo Mojana

They are four examples of how contemporary generational identity 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 make sense for society, where everyone can feel accepted, seen, supported and included.

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