In the narrow alleyways of Caprarola, a charming village near Viterbo that overlooks the Vico Lake, you can find an artisan tailoring company that takes its inspiration from its enchanting surroundings, just to deflect them in its own, inimitable style. It’s a laboratory of marvels, where among the exuberance of Baroque lace, tiny spangles, rhinestones and sequins, body suits for a variety of sports competitions are made. A girl goes into the laboratory and stands with her mouth open. She feels all the expectation of a debutant. She’s an athlete. She knows they will create a tailor-made costume for her, and, in that costume, she will look like a million dollars. The creator in this scenario is Luca Cristofori. As a worthy son of postmodernism that draws fully experience and creativity from many disparate fields - sculpture, music, dance, fashion - you only have to look him in the eye to know that he knows more about it than the devil himself. He even designs and crafts costumes for majorette troupes, but he was a sculptor, used to arrange allegorical carnival wagons and he has made installations for the fronts of buildings. When you really think about it, he has moved from the plasticity of things to that of bodies. Initially linked to folklore activities, the majorettes activity is now a true gymnastic discipline: twirling. The revolution that this step change has implied for clothing, has been entrusted to Luca and his studies on Lycra. No longer a rigid costume, but something more elastic that emphasises the athlete’s movements. Of course, there is more than that - there is the theatrical effect. So come details, finishing touches, elegance. A work that enchanted everyone during the majorette’s world championships in Croatia.
Luca was there, in his bowler hat, bow tie and tricolour waistcoat, as a standard bearer. Now, in his forge-laboratory in the alleyways of Caprarola, he’s even getting orders from abroad.
The story has been written by Simone Ungaro, writer.