Giulia Totola

designer
Milan / Italy

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND?

I was born and raised in Verona, a city that I love and hate at the same time. I moved to Milan, where I graduated in Fashion Design at the IED, European Institute of Design. In these years I have focused my artistic development as much as the personal one, deepening in particular the world of illustration, research and design. Always analytical in nature, I have never been able to content myself with the surface, everything has always had a thousand nuances for me. Everything can be positive as everything can be negative, it depends on how you look at it. I love to dig, stubborn me to analyze ideas, people and situations. In the end, in fact, I like to not understand anything.

THE CONCEPT OF YOUR COLLECTION?

A journey, an exploration between the synapses and the structures of the brain. A journey in search of oneself. AMYGDALA comes from some images of a medical report, an intra-cranial angio magnetic resonance: black and white icons with confusing, fluid, dynamic textures. It is my brain, the perception of myself as a confused, fragmented, disordered neurological reality.

The title AMYGDALA comes to life from the extreme pole of my research, where I developed a path of analysis of the criminal mentality. The protagonist of various studies aimed at verifying the possibility that neurological traits can actually determine inclinations to aggressive attitudes, the amygdala is the brain structure that regulates actions and reactions with respect to emotions, participating in the process of distinguishing between right and wrong. At this size I have the crudest lines of my collection and the particular importance that the red color has. The project develops into a search for similarities between the complex brain structure and some elements of nature, such as roots, branches, vortices. Through textile manipulation techniques, my garments resume this complex network of connections, which I like to imagine as a tangle of roots expanding beneath our feet. They form our most solid foundation: they remain below the surface, but they determine who we are.

WHAT ARE YOUR LUCIDITY PILLS?

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Image courtesy of Giulia Totola.

Photo: Alessandro Mannelli / Model: Ailin Cloe Galasso

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