October 1, 2021

Milano Moda Graduate: a special award to Luca Bianco

YKK Italia – main partner of Milano Moda Graduate – has awarded a special prize to Luca Bianco, IED graduate student in Fashion Design, for the commitment shown in the creation of the outfit within the contest promoted by Camera Nazionale della Moda.

Bianco was competing, along with colleague Andrea Annarita Mazza, in the special YKK section of the event, with a focus on closure accessories. On the catwalk for the main category “Fashion Design”, instead, the now former IED students Giorgia Gervasoni and Valeria Nicoletti, with 5 outfits from their respective thesis collections.



It’s called LAGRANDE: SISTEMA the collection from which Luca Bianco has taken the outfit awarded by YKK at Milano Moda Graduate. A work that looks at technological functionalism and the working class: function explains form and dresses the modern worker, intricate grids and electronic devices – a natural extension of the body – celebrate work.

Technological research on the closures front is very evident: 4 front pockets with water-repellent aquaguard zippers, 2 vislon aquaguard openings on the arms and hips to vary the fit and ensure thermoregulation thanks to the eyelets, a vislon aquaguard top open (with Velcro opening from the top) in the middle, two zippers on the back automated with a mechanical system engineered by the student himself. The pants, on the other hand, feature aquaguard zippers along the entire length of the legs, which can be opened where desired thanks to double sliders, ensuring ventilation here as well.
Starting from a reflection on automation and the future, my project aims to raise awareness of the possible inconveniences due to uncontrolled progress, the impact of an over-reliance on technological automation, with a line that aims to combine tailoring with electronics. All this thanks to the use of an Italian invention with a thousand applications, the programmable ARDUINO board: an extremely basic form of computer to which one can give orders and which, flanked by servo motors, will be able to modify – thanks to a system of pulling cables – the shape and usability of the garment according to the situations in which the user finds himself, from atmospheric conditions to temperature variations, from use in open spaces to passage through closed spaces“, Luca tells us.

The system is accompanied by an aesthetic that is largely inspired by the intricate machinery that surrounds us every day and that we no longer notice. The artistic reference is instead some cornerstones of Japanese comics and animation, in tune with the criticism of unconscious progress, with the focus on what appears to be a dystopian future.

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