by Viktoriia Stanieva. Images by Lorenzo La Commare.
The educational system of Istituto Marangoni Firenze always highlights the importance of looking at elements from the past to form the future of fashion. The campus is in the city centre of Florence, known for its well-preserved Renaissance art and architecture. This helps the student live through the experience of art history and get closer to famous masterpieces to be inspired by the city’s mesmerizing beauty every day.
Here we can observe this quivering love and passion for the history of art and fashion reflected through the moodboards of young Fashion Design student Lorenzo La Commare, created for the History of Applied Arts course with tutor Isabella Campagnol.
La Commare combined several elements that may look too far from each other at first glance: religious objects, Byzantine frescoes, draping techniques, historical garments, Roman sculptures, classical paintings, and fashion shows by contemporary brands like Dolce&Gabbana and Rick Owens that also use heritage as part of their aesthetics.
Nevertheless, thanks to digital editing tools, it is possible to visually communicate and fuse together all these elements in order to create a completely new image. With the graphic effects, Lorenzo produced a completely new pattern that still shows the initial ideas like long vast sleeves, airy silhouettes, and richness of colours that are mirrored in the frescoes. However, the designs maintain a digital, almost “Matrix-like” pattern, and that shows exactly how we can remaster previous works and use them as a base to create something new, closer to contemporary taste.
Lorenzo La Commare is an undergraduate student in Fashion Design & Accessories at Istituto Marangoni Firenze.
Viktoriia Stanieva is an undergraduate student in Fashion Styling & Creative Direction at Istituto Marangoni Firenze.