federica de stefano: The Tales of Fear

From fear to serenity.

I would like to recreate through my work, that emotional process that starts from when we perceive the fear of something, when that same fear that we feel is defeated and removed and we regain serenity. I wanted to represent the project as if it were a panic attack, showing in a collection what you cannot express in real life, which is often difficult to tell ourselves. I have selected eleven people, whom I have asked to instinctively design their most irrational and personal fear. After this first step I went to make digital manipulations on their designs to create patterns that encapsulate and express the meaning of the drawing itself. Almost every piece of the collection has one or more fears on. Because ultimately they are all paper monsters that we carry in and that we can not rip.

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Photography: Larissa Mollace
Models: Susanna Rosi, Lucia Moscato, Sara Gorecka


federica de stefano: The Tales of Fear

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works by :

Simone Antonini, Ram Manohar Bodapati, Mayra Cristini De Oliveira, Federica De Stefano, Viviana Dell’Orto, Xuan Guo, Min Hao, Yinxi Jiang, Oana Juganaru, Arif Mehmetali Kara, Luis Manuel Lopez Luna, Edoardo Pizzocheri, Vanessa Milena Rueda Moya, Yulia Salomatova, Adriana Sanchez Ojeda, Pornarun Taengnara, Jingzhi Wang, Shuo Wang, Shiyao Wu.

curated by Cinzia Ruggeri

Gallery Arte Passante, Porta Venezia MM, Milano

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crazes and fads that move money but don’t bring any joy


Sogni Cuciti a Mano (Handsewn Dreams)

a film celebrating the graduates of the Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design 2015-16, Fashion Design Course led by Cinzia Ruggeri, @ NABA, Milan. Directed by Marco Poma. 

There is a childlike purity to the film: when the video opens the students are shown sleeping on their working tables or reversed on their sewing machines. They aren’t actually exhausted, but they are simply dreaming about the clothes they would like to make.

Their choices go from romantic to avant-garde, with some students attempting to maybe criticise a bit the system by writing on their designs mottos and slogans such as “We are all rats” or “My body rules”, the former almost a statement about our collective views of young fashion designers as disposable entities that can be replaced every six months with the next big thing; the latter a message of empowerment to all those people who feel uneasy in their own skin.

The most poetic thing about this video, remains the fact that the students are all sleeping and dreaming together in their workshop, almost to remind us that you need a team of people (and not big egos…) to make sure the fashion industry works properly. There is actually an ironic twist at the very end of the video, with one student getting pelted by a few (digital) rotten tomatoes, but, rather than crying, he seems happy to use them as decorative elements and additional colours for his design since he happily smiles at the end of the digital vegetable deluge.

“The students in the course are really nice and at least we’re having fun,” their lecturer, former fashion designer Cinzia Ruggeri, comments. In a negative fashion industry, keen on producing crazes and fads that move money but don’t bring any joy, that sounds like a huge statement.

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crazes and fads that move money but don’t bring any joy

Sogni Cuciti a Mano (Handsewn Dreams)

“Sogni cuciti a mano” (Handsewn Dreams), a film celebrating the graduates of the Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design 2015-16, Fashion Design Course led by Cinzia Ruggeri, @ NABA, Milan. Directed by Marco Poma.

Starring students/designers:

Yinxi Jiang
Ram Monitar Bodapati
Luis Manuel Lopez Luna
Edoardo Pizzocheri
Min Hao
Yulia Salomatova
Federica De Stefano
Simone Antonini
Arif Mehmetali Kara
Pornarun Taengnara
Mayra Cristini De Oliveira
Vanessa Milena Rueda Moya
Oana Juganaru
Viviana Dell’Orto
Adriana Sanchez Ojeda
Jingzhi Wang
Shiyao Wu
Xuan Guo
Shuo Wang

…and their creations.

Sogni Cuciti a Mano (Handsewn Dreams)

“A gift from the sky” Salon Du Chocolat















“A gift from the sky”

Guided By Nicoletta Morozzi students  worked with a Pastry Master Chef experimenting techniques to  combine fabric with chocolate

Dress Sculture 14 –Yulia Salomatova with Master Chef:  Alessandro Dalmasso

Spica – Luis Lopez Luna with Master Chef: Denis Dianin

Crystal Snow Guo Xuan with Master Chef:  Francesco Elmi 

Chocolate Garden Hao Min, Wu Shiao with Master Chef: Fabrizio Galla

Chocolate Touch Mayra Sartori with Master Chef: Alessandro Servida

In the mood for time Jing Zhi Wang with Master Chef: Roberto Rinaldini

Drappeggio indiano Ram Mahohar Bodapati with Master Chef: Luca Mannori

Phal Federica De Stefano with Master Chef: Alessandro Dalmasso

Sweer Tweed Simone Antonini, Clarisssa GUsmao with Master Chef: Davide Comaschi

Sweet College Days Viviana Dell’Orto with Master Chef: Giancarlo Cortinovis

Feed your clothes, wear your food Oana Juganaru, Adriana Sanchez with Master Chef: Pasquale Marigliano

White temptation Arif Kara with Master Chef: Davide Comaschi

Soft Net Vanessa Rueda with Master Chef: Francesco Elmi

Lock your Past Pornarun Taengnara with Master Chef: Alessandro Servida

“A gift from the sky” Salon Du Chocolat

Federica De Stefano: Soothe

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Federica De Stefano: … each of us has felt the need to share a feeling, a thought, a positive experience and even more a painful moment, searching for words of comfort.
What would happen if we were able to comfort  ourself by ourselves?
In a moment of intimacy with oneself in which to find that “something” that makes us feel better.
Starting from the idea to soothe our souls, taking refuge in a book, in a memory or a an hug, or maybe just to wrap ourselves with something. As if we could find within us or  within what belongs to us, the suitable ointment to soothe the pain.

( a project for Cinzia Ruggeri)

Federica De Stefano: Soothe