When the phone rang and on the other end was Guillermo Mariotto, creative director for Gattinoni Couture my heart began to beat faster but when he asked if I was free to work with him on a special project my hands literally began to sweat. He was looking for a florist who is also a seamstress and that’s why he called me. My professional biography states that I am an artist, seamstress and florist.
The collection for Spring/Summer was dedicated to Food which is the theme for Expo 2015 which takes place in Milan. Each garment in the collection was in some way connected to Food. I was assigned to “Bread”, the element found on every table in the entire world in some form. Specifically I had dried wheat which had to be hand sown onto a corset base using fine golden thread.
The entire construction required 53 hours of careful stitching in order to complete the entire garment. The combination of organic material (wheat) and sartorial skills was an incredible challenge for me but the skills that I honed will remain with me for the rest of my career.
Attending the presentation of the collection was the high point of the week that I spent working in the Gattinoni atelier. It was held in an elegant restaurant, “Open Colonna” that specializes in recreating traditional Italian dishes in an unexpected way. It was the perfect location for a fashion collection with a food theme.
Working for Gattinoni Couture will remain one of the most exciting events of my floral design career.