I show you the young and talented Lucilla Ferretti
I met Lucilla at the "Fashion Connection Lounge", an event that aims highlight emerging designers. Two things of brand DRUSILLA have impressed me: the fabrics, colorful and beautiful, and the designer, a strong woman, determined and unconventional.
Carla and I met Lucilla, one afternoon a few weeks ago, in Prati; I brought with me my little agenda, on which I had written twenty questions for her. But the topics of our conversation came out spontaneously and followed a very natural flow. More than an interview seemed a normal meeting between friends, conversing for a few hours in front of a good glass of wine.
What influences your style choices?
"Surely the study. I studied art history a lot, it is inevitable that the study influences your choices. All types of art are a source of inspiration for me. Not only that. I think the ideas were born because you look around, read books, go to a show or watch a movie. "
You are very dynamic, do you travel much?
"I travel a lot but now I’ve stopped, between Drusilla and the university i’m very busy. I have always loved travelling, my parents sent me this passion.”
What else did you learn from your parents?
"From my father love for music. When I was younger I tried to play different instruments, including the harp and the violin, but I decided not to continue because I immediately understood it was not my way. I think so, when you realize that you do something and you do not have talent you have to give it up because it means that it’s not for you and you'll be frustrated for your whole life, pouring out your frustration on others. "
How was Drusilla born?
"It was not easy. At first I was ashamed towards my passion for design because my parents didn’t approve it. But I always brought it with me. I drew on my own, in periods of crisis. One day I met a friend who insisted so that i showed him my drawings and he was immediately enthusiastic. he believed in me. it's important to have someone close who believes in you. From there I’ve never stopped. "
Who sew your clothes?
"Good question. It was not easy, it’s difficult to find a tailor in Italy, the best ones work for the big names. Searching on the internet I found a very good African tailor. When I brought him my drawings he was really happy, he especially loved the combination of Western style with African fabrics. It’s been a great experience, I spent a lot of time with him and learned a lot; it was the meeting of two very different cultures. I was very satisfied with the result because every dress he realized was perfectly identical to the design. "
What differs the first collection "Precious" from the second "Melting pot"?
"In the first collection I comprises all my experiences, including the passion for travel. The first thing I did to realize it was to look for fabrics. I saw so many and I liked them but when I put them on paper they did not convince me, they seemed things already seen. Then I started looking for ethnic fabrics on the web and discovered a fantastic market at Piazza Vittorio. When I saw the African fabrics it was love at first sight. But it was not all that simple. sometimes I spent a whole day to search a single fabric but when I found it was perfect. Despite my enthusiasm, there were moments of strong doubts, especially related to my parents and to the fact that I didn’t have a lot of economic resources to support my project. But then I thought about the strongest women I knew, and I read about, women who made history and inspired me. It was their thinking that gave me the strength to go on. My first collection is dedicated to them.
The second one was born when I watched the parade of a Japanese student at Altaroma. So I said: why don’t I melt my culture, with the African, Chinese and Japanese? The basic idea was to innovate, I do not like copying. I did extensive research on Chinese and Japanese historical clothing, thus managing to create this "melting pot" of clothes. I think it reflects what we are nowadays, citizens of the world, the melting pot is inside us.
Are you going to export overseas?
"Surely I am. I started to experiment to figure out where the market is more responsive. Thanks to socials i've seen that this type of clothes has been very successful on Facebook in Brazil and Spain whilst on Twitter in America, but the southern America such as Miami, Texas, California, New Orleans. Even in Italy I find positive responses in the South. I think it's for the colored fabrics that have more grip in the southern populations. "
Who are your reference designers?
"Giorgio Armani, I love him. And then all discordant voices like John Galliano or Alexander McQueen. I like attending to parades that are real shows, and their shows were."
You are currently taking part in a contest called "Passerelle da sogno". What can you tell me?
"It 's a three stages contest. At the first parade it was necessary to bring the clothes of your on the catwalk collection. In the second, however, we had to be inspired by one of the four natural elements: water, air, fire and earth. I chose the fire. I tried to stage something outside the box, in fact my dress represented the figure of Lucifer connected to the fire. Realizing this dress I wanted to go beyond the taboos linked to the figure of Lucifer, moreover the word Lucifer literally means "light-bearer". I strongly believe that the task of art is to undermine the taboos that surround us. The world is not black or white, it’s full of nuances. As there is no border between good and bad, a person can be good in certain situations and bad at the same time in others; these are ancient legacies that should be undermined.
The third and final stage has as its theme the cinema. A topic that touches me closely because my graduation thesis has as its subject the cinema. The idea came to me watching the movie "Far From Heaven", in particular I was fascinated by the clothes in the style of the fifties worn by the protagonist Julianne Moore. "
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