INTERVIEW WITH GIANFRANCO MARRAUDINO:
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.