During the Contemporary Art Week in Turin from November 1 to 4, the third edition of Dreamers Turin, a fair dedicated to independent fashion, was held in the spaces of Toolbox, focusing this year on sustainability through the Re-wear theme, identifying the combination of ethics and aesthetics as a common denominator.
Therefore the fair develops through a complex path, because this is the world of sustainable fashion, a world in which the beauty of the creations of eco-designers and self-productions, made of research, experimentation and innovation, are flanked by urgent and dramatic themes and situations, such as environmental pollution, labor exploitation, waste and many other thorny issues.
So here are the talks intended for listening and sharing projects and different points of view, workshops for adults, kids and children led by exceptional tutors, exhibition paths and performances, the fair that presented a selection of 44 slow brands, among ateliers, fashion designers and collectives, all protagonists of a new vision of fashion made in Italy, proposed in limited editions and unique pieces.
The theme of the 2018 edition was dealt with through the testimonies of eco-couture designers, entrepreneurs, critics, independent ateliers, universities and companies, Italian and international movements, all aimed at generating an exchange of ideas and methodologies useful for increasing our knowledge in the sustainable fashion sector and to direct us towards more conscious behaviors.
Here, then, Dreamers showcased the ‘Forests for Fashion – Fashion for Forests‘ project, with the short film ‘Made in Forest’ which presents the creation of a sustainable dress designed by Tiziano Guardini and with the exhibition of three dresses designed by Flavia La Rocca, Silvia Giovanardi and Silvio Betterelli, together with sketches and moodboards showing the process of designing and producing the garments themselves.
‘Abiti con passaporto’ showcased the garments and their DNA, from the origins of the fabric to the production techniques up to the history of the materials used for dyes; among the exhibits, the dress with which Tiziano Guardini won the Green Carpet Fashion Award 2017, in cruelty free silk with sequin embroidery created from mussel shells and recycled CDs, and that of Matteo Thiela, created ad hoc for Dreamers with yarns of Tessitura Ubertino, to which Thiela has applied a particular weaving technique called Bombyx, which he patented. A 24-hour manual work that allows the creation of a three-dimensional dress and ‘memory form’, which incorporates the original shape even after being folded or washed.
The students of some of the most prestigious fashion universities nationwide presented the, on the occasion of Dreamers Turin, ten dresses / projects made with innovative and sustainable materials selected by the curators and a committee composed by Marina Spadafora, coordinator of Fashion Revolution Italy , Anna Detheridge, Founder Connecting Cultures and Out of Fashion and Serena Campelli, Texile and Creative Consultant.
And yet Denise Bonapace, fashion designer and teacher at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan (Naba), brought her ‘Rugs Tales’, a carpet generated by the gathering and interweaving of clothes that belonged to her family, friends and acquaintances: from the shirt with the dragons that gave her the boyfriend to the Chinese silk handkerchief donated by a Turkish supplier, from the piece of fabric purchased in a ‘carruggio’ in Genoa to make home cushions to the edge of the first and only broad dress bought when Bonapace was pregnant. Many and different personal stories that generate a new collective history of material intertwining.
In short, a very rich and varied fair (plus free entry), and I have not talked about everything, a multidisciplinary path that allowed visitors not only to approach the issues related to sustainable fashion but also to interact with them because exchange and participation, we know, allow a profound knowledge of things. And knowing is always necessary to act with awareness, especially when there are at stake the fate of the Planet and of our own survival.