In March, I had the pleasure of exhibiting Honeymoon1 at TRANOÏ, in Paris. TRANOÏ is an artistic platform that showcases both avant-garde designers and leading contemporary brands. During my stay, I was asked a few questions about my work. I welcome any kind of curiosity towards my mission, so I answered with devotion.
Check out my interview below.
Your sincerely, Silvia
1. CAN YOU PRESENT THE MAIN THEME OF YOUR AW COLLECTION 2016-2017?
Honeymoon 1 is a BEAUTYABLE MODUS VIVENDI collection that takes care of the wearer and makes the magnificence of nature its highest value.
Its fragrance is imbued with my photographic interpolation of Japan, intensely lived during my honeymoon, hence the title.
I created these pieces to whisper the silent majesty of a nation comparable to a beautiful woman, delicate, pure and full of strength. The storyline seduces the viewer with its charm made of hidden privileges, small gestures, luxurious and simple rituals, protection, thin visual noises and extreme respect for Beauty. Here Japan, solemn guidance of living, seen through the eyes of a woman in love.
This meaningful theme inspired me for the creation of a timeless and sustainable collection, made of organic fibers, natural dyeing, social engagement (promotion of the Hiroshima’s Peace message), ethics, innovation, high craftsmanship, respect for people, cultures and nature. All these values are the soul of the main purpose: change the world through changing its most polluting industry: fashion.
I’m here to promote a paradigm shift: from sustainable fashion to beautyable modus vivendi.
Sustainable literally means “capable of being supported” and my spin on this subject is to ground it on beauty. I asked myself: What does actually provide sustain? Foundations!
According to Plato, beauty is the origin of the world of ideas, it originates all things real, therefore, it’s the foundation of the universe.
sustain = foundation
foundation = beauty
sustain = beauty
Following this syllogism, I coined the word beautyable as in “capable of creating beauty”, which can ultimately mean “beauty capable of sustaining the universe”.
I mean to take fashion back to its original meaning of lifestyle. I wanna show everyone how to be happy through this newly found modus vivendi, that includes fashion, food, photography and art. When we are happy and at ease, we feel safe to express ourselves freely.
Beauty is the source of everything, happiness is the aim. Happiness then creates more beauty in an endless cycle of wellness.
My duty is to help ignite this wonderful cycle.
2. FOR THIS COLLECTION YOU DECIDED TO PRESENT THE THEMES BY USING FOOD AND BENTO BOXES THAT YOU PAINTED TO BUILD A SORT OF BRICK WALL. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA AND HOW THIS EXERCISE REFLECTS THE THEME OF YOUR COLLECTION?
This idea was born in Naoshima, when I and Davide, my husband, were eating in the amazing Tadao Ando’s Benesse Museum. In that restaurant there were the most particular bento boxes I have ever seen: five little boxes that were put together inside a big one, to create a small tower. They inspired me, so I started dreaming about a big wall made of bentoes with the “peace food” inside (we’ve been in Hiroshima and we discovered the peace park and its strong purpose, so I decided to share it with everyone through my project), in this way people could have been peace ambassador all over the world.
In addiction, I thought that art is the most powerful vehicle for explain every message, so I decided to paint on that bento wall, realizing my symbol: the yellow tulip that represents my true love (it was the first Davide’s gift, and at the same time my favourite flower, and he didn’t know that!). I invited everyone to paint on it, in order to feel part of a big masterpiece of humans that will change the world through thoughts and actions.
3. WITH WHOM DID YOU COLLABORATED TO REALIZE IT?
Antonio Palmisani, one of the most important Italian chef (he works for NONA restaurant in Riccione) who decided to support the noble mission of this kind of high sustainability by creating a very special menu Honeymoon 1 inspired: he cooked all the raw materials my collection is made of (corn, soy, etc..), and this helped to spread my complete modus vivendi message, infact there were people wearing soy, eating soy and enjoying soy!
I also collaborated with The Pack, a company in Florence, that gave birth to all the beautiful bento boxes made of a precious wood.
4. FOR YOU, IN WHICH WAY FASHION, FOOD AND ART ARE THEY CONNECTED?
In my opinion, there are no differences between fashion, food and art, that belong to the same great concept of MODUS VIVENDI.
We are what we eat.
We express what we are by wearing outside, the world of ideas we have inside: our heart
We need art to represent our heart, cause art and its beauty are everything has a heart.
This is the why each piece of my collection is made with extreme love.
Love generates human being, so we return at the origin of my circular thought: We are..
5. WHY DID YOU CHOSE TO EXHIBIT YOUR ARTISTIC CREATION AT TRANOÏ?
Cause of its attention to the future and to the art expressed in all the different ways that human being could choose to feel free to communicate to others!