Text by: Alessio de’Navasques

If the 1968 revolution led to the unchained, hippy, Bohemian style of girlish women and long-haired men who used their physical appearance to reject the ideals and values of their parents, the new revolution is seeing the pendulum swing back. Today’s creative youth have reverted to focusing on proficiency, quality, slow work methods, old-fashioned tools and authentic craftsmanship.

To explore this phenomenon A.I.Artisanal Intelligence has recruited fashion schools, choosing those individuals who are not yet a part of the production dynamics that restrict creativity, fostering a dialogue that highlights the exchange of information and the dissemination of know-how. Artisanal Intelligence’s aim is to work with public and private institutions in order to support young designers, craftsmen and artists in Italy and abroad. The projects and collections of students and former students selected from the best Italian schools and academies will be showcased alongside those of a guest from a foreign school.

At the Central Saint Martins’ annual MA graduate show, one of the most prestigious events dedicated to the future of fashion, The Business of Fashion named Gabriele Skucas’s winning creation, ‘The End of Irony’.  Extremely serious and almost monastic, Gabriele Skucas’s collection featuring black and white tops and bottoms – skirts and blouses – heralds a new revolution in fashion.

Despite her age, this youthful designer has been chosen as an international guest on account of demonstrating enormous courage by “re-utilizing crochet to create a contemporary texture.” She has managed to express the value of archival materials and stored memories not merely by quoting but actually implementing them, a feat possibly only achieved by contemporary art thus far.

The themes of new rebellious vanity, utopia, counter-culture, sexuality, recycling, ecology, experimentation, metropolitan nomadism, disobedience and the transformation of clothing and the body are the new ideologies interpreted by:

Sanna Schubert and Federico Cina from Polimoda
Martina Scattarella from the Accademia di Costume e di Moda
Kiana Ahmadi and Elisa Alessandrini from  Koefia
Giovanni and Gregorio Nordio from IUAV
Sara Tessitore and Andrea Castellani from IED Rome
Rango, Giulia Masciangelo, Monica Gesualdo, Matteo De Toma and Giuseppe Casafina from NABA
Adireg Comenoi and Gyanendu Baruah from the Domus Academy
Annalisa Mazziotti and Lin Chen from the Accademia Belle Arti di Roma
Giuseppe Simeoli from theAccademia di Belle Arti di Napoli

The exhibition will be open to the public on January 26, 2018 from 9am to 7pm at La Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome