Filippo Soffiati

Black Sheep


iuav university of venice

I graduated in 2016 from the Iuav University of Venice after a journey started in Visual Arts and ended in Fashion, aspects (and passions) that continue to intertwine in me, in my imaginary and in my projects.
During the degree course I had the opportunity to investigate and deepen different aspects of the fashion design, thanks also to the specialization course in Bag design and product development in collaboration with Bottega Veneta, the site specific installation Fabric Garden for Bonotto Editions, the project for Lineapelle for Leather Talents, the jewelry capsule collection for Venice Design Week.
After graduation I started working as a consultant for the development of collections, special projects and shows.

I immediately needed, however, to create an autonomous story in which to bring together my references in total independence.
Venice is the city I live in and has become a source of constant inspiration, a suggestion for every project I design: water, transparency, veiling, incrustations, contrasts of materials, historical costumes, Renaissance painting, precious fabrics, sacred iconography, dilapidated religious buildings.

This is my attempt to tell the story of the contemporary:
«Contemporary is the one who, dividing and interpolating time, is capable of transforming it and putting it in relation with other times. He is able to read history in unforeseen ways, to “cite it” according to a necessity that does not arise in any way from his will, but from an exigency to which he cannot not respond» (Giorgio Agamben).

Contemporary should be understood as simultaneously.
It does not mean being current, therefore, but being in continuity with history.

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