Carolina Giacomini, Italy (Curvylinea)
Photographer: Riccardo Scrocca
Model: Eleonora Di Carluccio
I was inspired by "Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana" (currently Palazzo Fendi), also known as "colosseo quadrato" (square Colosseum), in Rome. I chose this place because just here, 30 years ago, I exhibited my first work as a student at a fashion academy. In these 30 years, my life has changed in many ways and the last two years, in particular, have been hard and important at the same time, so this contest to me was a challenge that I wanted to accept, especially for myself. I think that we can learn in every time of our life, new things, new experiences, a new way to consider ourselves after our mistakes and victories, what went wrong and what went well. I'm grateful to Foundations Revealed for letting me learn a lot from the group on Facebook and the site. So here I am and hope you enjoy my work.
What I like about the place that inspired me is the graphic line of the shadows made up of the full and empty arches, so I tried to repeat it on the shape of the neckline, the black line on the front of the corset and the black arches on the back of the skirt.
The corset is two layers, coutil and silk satin. Unfortunately, I had some trouble with the reinforcement fabric under the silk and not enough time to redo it. It has eight pieces for the side, two flat bones in the centre front, four in the centre back (2+2 near the eyelets), and 14 spiral bones in total. I painted an arc on the front and put a lot of black crystals.
The skirt, also in silk satin, is draped on the front, and longer on the back where I applied some felt arches. I also inserted the belt in the waist. The pattern is mine.
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
It's a great experience, a challenge mostly with myself. It pushes you to give the best. I love the spirit of cooperation and great respect for the work of others.