Rise: Sylvio Giardina

Sylvio Giardina is a creative person with a dual identity, happily involved both in fashion – as a haute couture designer and in art as visual artist. His research often reveals stylistic expression of consonance with its visionary artistic inspiration, which is currently focused and committed to the launch of its new brand “Sylvio Giardina”.

Born in Paris and educated in Rome, he was completed his studies for Fashion Designer Diploma at the Academy of Costume and Fashion. He was then continued to worked under the guidance of Rome’s maison Gattinoni in the 90s. From 1998 to 2010, together with Antonio Grimaldi, he created the griffe Grimaldi Giardina, haute couture brand. Thanks to the success obtained in Italy, Grimaldi Giardina were invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to a fashion show in Paris, were they presented collections for three seasons. While doing a lot of experimentation and research for a new silhouette, he realized the balance between the main function of the clothes itself and creativity of production, the classic shapes of the body are eliminated to create other, new established prêt à porter brand under his name “Sylvio Giardina” in 2011.

His current FW 2014-2015 collection focuses on two triads of ethical and aesthetically values. A project celebrating the blend of innovation and classicism, bringing the sartorial know-how to challenge original combination made of seemingly conflicting shapes, materials and treatments. Flowing and sculptural volumes emphasise jutting details or fully highlight the pattern of outerwear: couture new concept and wearability. The chromatic palette ranges beside the warm nuances such as bronze and ochre are scaled down to minimum and sometimes work to “illuminate” the uniform chromatic layer within sleeves and, in general, to promote an ever new perspective interpretation of the pieces – enhancing the distinctive value of their multiple, antithetic, elaborately contemporary identity.

For Sylvio Giardina art is the inspiration and fashion is the instrument; these are not separate entities, but complementary and indispensable to one another, as we can see the results of his showcase – handiwork in usability. (Text Teuku Ajie)