I am Gianfranco Marraudino, I am 22 years old and I come from Salandra, a small province of Matera. I moved to Milan to study Fashion Design in Naba, New Academy of Fine Arts.

How was your passion for fashion born?

I have always been a creative person, I like to combine and reinterpret visual and material elements but at the same time I have always been fascinated by social dynamics and individual psychologies. Growing up I realized that fashion would allow me to merge these two aspects and express them through a creative process, a product.

Have you always dreamed of becoming a designer?

I always had the knowledge that I would engage in the creative field. Surely now I dream of becoming a good designer.


How would you define your style?


What was the first garment you designed?

A women’s dress with a Y silhouette.

What are your sources of inspiration?

I love to look for inspiration in the little things, in the details, in the sensations. I find music and biographies very stimulating, they allow me to enter micro worlds and absorb those elements that may be compatible with my sensitivity.

When you work on a project, where do you start from?

I start from an atmosphere; for me it is essential to understand the heart of the project even before giving it a shape. I identify macro themes on a conceptual level and then I dedicate myself to a collection of materials that visually support the concept.

How did you approach the lockdown on a creative level?

The lockdown forced me to be doubly creative. I had to finish my collection by adopting new strategies and using unusual ways. It wasn’t easy at first, but I know this experience made me smarter and more independent.

What are you working on at the moment?

Now I am in a phase of schematization. I am processing various inputs that could be the basis of the concept of a new collection.




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