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The Project

The students of the BA in Fashion Design attended a workshop in collaboration with the Japanese textile company Kuraray. The project wants to reflect on the use of Clarino, a synthetic material similar to leather.

The students, divided into teams, were invited by the teachers Colomba LeddiAlessandro Manzi, Miao Ran and Simone Liscio to work on some macrothemes related to the connection between innovation, fashion and sustainability. The best 5 projects selected by Kuraray, were made and staged in the "The landscape of our land" on the occasion of the 2018 Design Week

The staging of the project was curated by S.C. Artroom. The items were displayed on a large rock, a sort of island.


Fashion business has become an incredibly huge reality. A lot of people use fashion to express their identity, which is changeable: that’s costume play. Clothes are the most powerful generators of identity that a person can wear. Sometimes, they almost seem to be more important than the people themselves. More and more clothes are produced, at an increasingly fast pace, in a continuous loop. We are human beings; we are born, we grow, and when we die, our physical presence disappears because we are made of organic matter. But clothes continue to exist even after use - both sustainable and not sustainable clothes - their physical existence survives until they get burned. We can not imagine how many tons of clothes are produced every year. And how many in the next 50, 100 or 150 years? Our Earth will be covered with clothes. And what if they will become a characteristic landscape on our planet? Or perhaps the only one?

Area: Fashion Design
Courses: Fashion Design
Campus: NABA Milan
Collaboration: Kuraray

Project Leaders

Colomba Leddi
Fashion Design Area Leader
Fashion Design Area Leader
Colomba Leddi
<p>After a number of collaborations with many top fashion designers, including Nanni Strada, Colomba Leddi joined Frammenti in 1992, a group experimenting with artisanal techniques to be applied to the clothing sector. In 1996, she opened her own atelier of tailor-made, unique pieces, and her label can be found in some of the best Italian and foreign boutiques, including Biffi in Milan, Philippe Model Maison in Paris, HP Deco in Japan, Thimbloom in Korea and Bird Boutique in New Zealand. She has participated in several fashion fairs and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including Passeggiata evanescente, with Melina Mulas, at Galleria Le 5 Venice, in Venice (2010), W. Women in Italian Design at Triennale Milano (2016-2017), Documenta 2020 &ndash; Windows in pandemic, Tsinghua University Art Museum Beijing (2020). She also works as a theatre and cinema costume designer and has taught at many different universities and academies.</p>
Alessandro Manzi
Project Leader
Miao Ran
Project Leader
Simone Liscio
Project assistant
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Students involved

Claudia Bucceri, Giulia Romano, Sonia Triano, Noussayba Khouribech, Victoria Mihaila, Michela Rassu, Milena Venegoni, Simona Hristova, Chiara Marchetti, Francesca Bortolotti, Maria Capellaro, Yifang Li, Camilla Sanni, Miriam Liccardo, Milko Sambataro, Franca Marta Tomaino, Alessia Pia Cagiano

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