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DESIGNING THE WORLD OF TOMORROW WITH BIANCA FERRI MARINI

Courtesy of Bianca Ferri Marini

Earlier this fall, our Staiy editor, Daria Müller Velasquez, had the chance to talk with Bianca Ferri Marini, a young fashion designer from Italy who believes that sustainability is the path leading the next generation to a better future.

Words By Daria Müller Velasquez

November, 23rd 2020

Bianca Ferri Marini is a Rome-based artist and designer whose passion for creativity began in childhood with days spent by the sea, in the Italian region of Lazio. Bianca tells us that when she was a little girl, she enjoyed drawing and studying art, which later led her to study Fashion Design from the Italian Academy of Art, Fashion and Design. She realized very early on in her career that she wanted to not only follow the trends dictated by the world’s fashion industry, but create sustainable fashion that could change the world.

Courtesy of Bianca Ferri Marini

Courtesy of Bianca Ferri Marini

Drawing inspiration from everything that surrounds her, Bianca is constantly searching for new sources of inspiration. Among others, nature occupies a special place here. “At the moment, I am working on organic printing where I implement an old process using leaves from trees,” shares Bianca. “My works are especially focused on natural fabrics. I only buy fabrics whose origin I know, as well as those that are manufactured in line with GOTS [Global Organic Textile Standard]. Besides that, I enjoy using vintage and second-hand clothes, which can easily be reused and reformed. Most of my previous collections were made from pre-owned clothes. I really love experimenting with it!”

Her fervour and determination to change the future of fashion led this young Italian designer to the Redress Design Award in Hong Kong, the largest sustainable fashion design competition in the world. In April 2020, she became a semi-finalist with her sustainable fashion collection based on recycling, up-cycling and repurposing materials, as well as the experimentation of organic printing on cotton fabric. For her “Organic Camouflage” collection, Bianca was inspired by the contrast between military uniforms and organic prints. Collecting old uniforms from retired Italian soldiers, she up-cycled these by combining them with cut-and-sew waste from her previous collection and added natural prints to give these relics a new life.

Courtesy of Bianca Ferri Marini

Reflecting on the process of creating her collections, Bianca tells us that when a wave of inspiration hits, she puts pencil to paper, formulating her ideas with sketches. She continues, saying, “Once the fabrics are selected, I experiment with them and pay particular attention to the issues of recycling.” The designer is constantly looking for pieces she can transform into different shapes, which is what makes her design style unique, her professional signature as it were.

“As a designer, I want to be a part of the change in this industry and raise my voice, turning old garments into something beautiful and new. Being aware is the first step – action must be the next!”

Bianca aims to produce more capsule collections that challenge conventional fashion and trends. “I would like to develop a fall/winter collection that reflects my vision of modern fashion and is geared towards people who care about nature and sustainable practices,” Bianca says. She adds that fashion should not only require a mindset change but also give people the power to be who they are and to believe in what they want. “I have to say that in general, sustainable fashion to me represents hope,” continues Bianca. “As a designer, I want to be a part of the change in this industry and raise my voice, turning old garments into something beautiful and new. Being aware is the first step – action must be the next!”

“You don’t have to be rich to be sustainable, you can do it every day”

The Rome-based designer notes that she would like to combine sustainability with technology and adapt her collections for people with disabilities: “I really want all people to feel comfortable in my clothes, so that they are not afraid to be diverse. Other than that, I definitely want to develop my brand and try to give people an idea of ​​the materials that can make a difference. Because you don’t have to be rich to be sustainable, you can do it every day. This is the message I want to deliver to my audience.”