SIT DOWN WITH ITALIAN DESIGNER MASSIMO CRIVELLI
By: Afrika Ndlovu
Italian fashion Designer Massimo Crivelli, who’s designed for fashion giant Jean Paul Gaultier speaks inspiration for his spring summer collection.
“I became a designer because there were no jobs,” jokes Crivelli.
Crivelli attended an arts and law school in the fashion capital of the world, Milan. He majored in law and after receiving his doctorate, he worked as the art director in his family’s textiles company, where he developed his passion for fabrics research and design.
With a career that spans over 20 years, Crivelli shared his inspirations behind the geometrical collection showcased at this year’s Durban Fashion Fair. Bob wigs, Giant Sunglasses and Circles were a signature look on all his models as they rocked the ramp in his garments.
“All these things come after you’ve thought of the collection. The main inspiration for the collection started from an architectural point of view as you would have noticed with the circles.”
“All of my collections start with an idea which then moves to fabric and then into something wearable,” he explains.
He said the collection was about one woman, who might change her wardrobe every season, but never herself.
Nearly 70% of the collection was jerseys along other light and soft fabrics that require minimum care, and are easy to pack and take on vacation anywhere in the world.
“Fabrics that are architectural include utility considerations and are not only meant for the runway but for everyday life,” Crivelli explained.
Crivelli who showcased his spring summer collection at the 2014 Durban Fair in August of 2014 for the third year says he is thankful to the eThekwini Municipality for extending the invitation for him to showcase again this year and hopes he gets to showcase again next year.
“All of my work is inspired by my journey on earth from the time I was a little boy to now. When I design, I design for my woman, who has a story to tell with her clothes,” he added.