Milano: Fashion week - Antonio Marras S/S 2013. The inspiration for Antonio Marras’s S/S 2013 collection came from American writer and illustrator Henry Darger’s most famous work, the 15,000 page long fantasy manuscript entitled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, which in more recent times was re-titled simply The Realms of the Unreal. This massive work has hundreds of watercolor illustrations. A neighbor found the manuscript after Darger’s death. In view of his retired life far not only from any artistic movement, but also from the unreal world, Darger is considered one of the leading figures of Outsider Art.-->
Antonio Marras. Boucle fabrics, textural tweeds, damasks in various thicknesses and colors, pink, milky-white, peach pink, apricot, lilac, pale green, pastel shades, ceremonial colors, golden threads. Long forgotten Chanel jackets, military jackets taken apart and reassembled.
Antonio Marras – the venue. An old garage was set up to host a make-believe posh wedding reception probably in England.
Waitresses in their starched uniforms.
Antonio Marras - the roll call. The reception room evokes an old-fashioned fashion show with models walking around the tables. At the roll call the models rehearse the runway before the show begins.
Antonio Marras – the roll call. Antonio Marras embraces Alessandra Olcese of Random Productions, who actually produced the show.
Antonio Marras – the roll call. Also hair and make-up watch the roll call. Hair stylist James Pecis and make-up artist Tom Pecheux, watch for any flaws in the hair or make-up on the runway.
Tea or coffee?
Antonio Marras. As in the most elegant weddings, sugared almonds await guests on their chairs along with the show’s program.
Antonio Marras – the roll call. Also watching are Patrizia Marras and art director Paolo Bazzani.
Tea for Two? American Vogue’s editor at large Hamish Bowles shares the wedding cake with the International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes.
“The Table sparkles: crystal, platinum, silver, silk, flowers, cakes. Everything’s a bit heaped together, but in a good way, with elegance and harmony…”
Antonio Marras. Antonio Marras gives an interview to Rai 5 TV channel. He tells the story of his collection. Antonio is always inspired by a book or a movie for his collections. This time it is the Vivian Girls, loosely inspired by Henry Darger’s The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, better known as the, The Realms of the Unreal.
Antonio Marras – the storyboard. The Vivian Girls get dressed up for a wedding in England. They have decided that today the world must be made romantic. That’s the only way it will regain its original meaning. One of them is the young bride and they dress up in her honor. They’re all here; they’ve come from far away places and times, very faraway.
Antonio Marras – backstage. Jackets, duster coats and dresses have duality, they become “others”. Patch-worked front and back in, damasks in various thicknesses and colors, pink, milky-white, peach pink, apricot, lilac, pale green, pastel shades, ceremonial colors, golden threads.
The 2013 bag.
Antonio Marras – backstage. Chaos reigns, hair and make-up have to co-exist.
Antonio Marras – the hair. Hair stylist James Pecis describes the hair as “ Schizophrenic, gate crashing for an English wedding. It’s a play on textures and there is a lot of plating, twisting and backcombing.”
Antonio Marras – the make-up. Tom Pecheux describes the make-up as "Rebel. Rock and Roll, Slightly Punk. Definitely individual. And as it’s the first time Marras has worked with Swarovski, I placed some glitter in the inside eye, the eyes have a 60s flavor. The eyeliner is banana shaped. I used black pencil and powder, the basics which every woman should have.”
Rai 5’s Daniela Ferolla sits with the president of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana Mario Boselli.
Antonio Marras. “Flooded with light, objects, fabrics and people are transformed, they become something else, magic narrations with vaster, more universal meanings. And so Swarovski crystals live and speak; simple sophisticated, elegant atoms that send luminous messages, they invite us to look for hidden beauty and light.”
Blogger of Il Fatto Quotidiano Juanaria Piromallo and her daughter Tiare von Meister.
Art curator and consultant Caroline Corbetta.
Caterer and food consultant Corrado Calza.
Fashion consultant Lara Dittfeld and artist Pino Pipoli.
JRT Pierivo, better known as Pierolino.