15 March 2023

For the first time IED graduates presented their creations at the fashion event, under the motto “Future starts slow”, and IED awarded a Master's scholarship tuition to Sangue Novo winner Inês Barreto

The 60th edition of ModaLisboa - the fashion week of the Portuguese capital city, held between March 9 and 11 at Lisbon Social Mitra - was enriched by the presence of IED. 

During the event, IED presented “Future Starts Slow” a fashion show with seven collections by fashion design graduates from IED in Italy:  Nicolò Artibani, Lorenzo Attanasio, Alessandro Bonini, Gaia Ceglie, Luca De Prà, Giovanni Marchetti and Maria Eleonora Pignata. The show highlighted the importance of sustainability, giving a snapshot of the current state of the fashion industry with the young designer’s vision.

Olvia Spinelli, coordinator and Creative Director of IED Moda Milano, was invited to the event and took part in a talk about the future of sustainability and education in fashion in Moda Lisboa Core.

She was also part of the judging panel of the Sangue Novo contest giving a Master's scholarship at IED Milano worth 20.100 euros, and a scholarship of 4.000 euros from ModaLisboa. 

The young Portuguese designer Inês Barreto won the award with her womenswear collection “Let’s eat cake”.

The jury was impressed by the usage of materials, since all pieces were made with self-made liquid latex, playing with different colors and textures. “The idea of using latex behind this collection was to criticize a world that I think is becoming too plastic and too superficial", she said. 

Inspired by the fashion designer Alexander McQueen and Sofia Coppola's movies,  her collection is a metaphor for the unconsciousness of the fashion industry and its polluting production system. In particular, she wanted to emphasize a lack of creativity nowadays, especially in a business where fast fashion production has become so relevant. That is why she developed her own material investigating new formats, textures, and finishes. 

Originally the idea of ​​using liquid latex came about almost as a means of showing vulnerability. With this collection being so personal, I wanted it to feel almost like I was introducing a layer of my own skin into it. Since then it has become one of the most interesting elements of this work, it is something that I wanted to explore giving rise (through a lot of trial and error) to new pieces with an experimental and more organic nature”, explains Ines in her Instagram account.

In all, five looks were presented in jackets down to the feet, dresses of different lengths, and a two-piece suit. "We know we're destroying the world, but for now... let us eat cake", affirmed the Portuguese designer, just as what Maria Antonietta said in Sofia Coppola’s film.

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