Leather according to the innovative look of young designers. It is from the collaboration between Monza-based company Motta Pelli and Istituto Marangoni in Milan that a creative project was born, involving students of the Master of Fashion Design Womenswear course. Students made clothes using leather from the tannery based in Brianza, committing themselves to enhancing the potential of the materials. The works carried out by the students are exhibited at Lineapelle 97, at Motta Pelli stand (Fieramilano Rho, Hall 13).
A fresh and innovative representation
“We have always exhibited garments made by companies in the sector at Lineapelle, but those were very classic models – says Costanza Motta, head of Research and Development, third generation of the family that founded the tannery in 1947 -. We wanted something more contemporary, fresh and innovative, that would amaze the visitors of the fair”. From the company they then thought of involving young people who used leather according to their point of view, being free to express their creativity. “It was interesting to understand how a group of young designers could develop ideas, reading the material”.
The steps of the project
Motta Pelli has supervised the proposals of the twenty students of the Master of Fashion Womenswear (each of them presented a project with six different outfits), selecting the six most interesting creative ideas. The projects chosen belong to girls from China, all in their twenties, who were able to develop a clothing item each. “The students did not know the material very well – continues Costanza Motta -. We listened to their needs, treating them like we do with our customers, following them step by step, developing different prints and plots to make sure they had what they needed”.
Leather as nature and architecture
There are those who have approached leather to the theme of nature, dedicating their project to sustainability, and those who have associated leather with architecture, because both protect mankind. “The themes amazed us, as they were profound and not obvious at all”. Each project launched its own message using nappa leather and suede, but also perforated and printed items. “They did a lot of processing to personalise leather and make it unique”.