"... I loved fashion, I believed in fashion, and the power of communication that was present in 'dressing' spoke to me. Walking through a crowd was like reading as many books as there were people. I loved going from the calm of my town, where the dress codes spoke of the country and the provinces, to the more complex Roman dress codes, which took on extreme and varied forms. Over the years I increasingly appreciated the languages of my city, where distant cultures and diverse traditions had 'merged' in a great pot: the north had found its missing piece in the south, and in the mixture the ingredients had created new memories and new beauties..."
With this selection of mine I have attempted to highlight those creators who, by remaining, have decided to invest in our local area. A difficult choice. 'Normal' fashion travels through channels which generally favour image and visibility but sometimes, as in this case, the results are the fruit of an authentic, personal vision which is respectful of our traditions and our culture. Creators who are both local and global at the same time, and whose creativity is a wonderful balance between contradictions; poetic coexistence and perfect harmony. Today, reality allows us to bring to life these contradictions, normally so distant and contrary. It doesn't matter where you live, what matters is being simultaneously 'connected': with yourself, your creations, where you come from and the world.
It is a co-existence which is at the same time both solid and fluid: standing firm, roots sunk deep into the local territory and a clear head looking up to the skies. This alone allows the free expression of emotions, traditions and vision, and the enjoyment of the pleasures of everyday life, avoiding the trauma of separation inherent in going far away to give life and visibility to creativity. Craftsmanship, with its poetry, its traditions, its technology and its vision, has the strength to communicate the true values of our culture.
Maurizio Galante studied architecture before studying fashion at the Academy of Costume and Fashion in Rome, and is now is one of the world’s most respected haute couture fashion designers. Over the course of a 25-year career, this Paris-based Italian couturier and designer has received numerous awards and in 2008 was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his contribution to the French fashion industry.