3nd July , 2019
Venice, June 28th. We find ourselves between Magazzino 5 – the San Basilio educational center of Ca’Foscari University – and Magazzino 6, headquarters of the IUAV University of Venice. A place normally crowded with students, transformed for an evening into the scenery of the Fashion at IUAV graduation show, which presents the best collections made by undergraduates of the IUAV University degree courses in fashion, coordinated by designers Arthur Arbesser, Veronika Allmayer-Beck, Renato Montagner and Fabio Quaranta. This year’s title is Punto notevole (reference points): an expression that Maria Luisa Frisa, director of the three-year degree course in Fashion Design, means as a “route”, a way of looking at things. In nautical charts, the reference points are headlights, towers, islets and mountain peaks, which can be easily spotted from afar. But the reference points are also the thoughts and words that each student has associated with his collection and all the visual research that preceded the preparation and the atmosphere of the graduation show. And it is following this “route” that the teachers and the fashion students have decided to present the collections in the in-between space of the two warehouses, seat of the academic activity and reference point for the creative and craft abilities of the students. The publication created for the event also remembers Cesare De Michelis, intellectual, university professor and president of Marsilio Editori, recently passed away. De Michelis on the Corriere del Veneto of July 2nd, 2017, after having attended the IUAV graduation show, talks about the importance of the university in continuing to re-think itself, not only in terms of research and curricula, but also in terms of its relationship with the city: “We show the Venetians what the students are doing, but, in doing so, we also teach the students about the city ”.
The show’s collections made us feel passion, desire and discipline, but we decided to tell you about nine of them.