Gaia Invernizzi

Italy / ON STAGE


IED Istituto Europeo di Design





When speaking of an individual, we inevitably refer to bodies.

Body as a limited portion of matter that has a mass and occupies a space, an object that will never be presented under an unambiguous view but rather altered, distorted, and reduced into material points looking and not knowing oneself, looking and not accepting oneself.

A body, an irregular mass, a constant critique.

Closing in, stiffening, not opening up and ceasing to live.

All can be summed up in form and deformation.

Through the constant search for the flaw - even when nonexistent - an individual finds himself living in a continuous state of transition between real and perceived, coming to the point of not distinguishing reality from fiction so much so that they feel stuck in constant self criticism.

This is where dysmorphophobia develops, a pathology that goes to hinder one's

relationship with oneself, then spilling over to one's surroundings, leading the individual to close in and stiffen.

The deformity is what my eye sees and what, starting from a static material point on a piece of paper, my hand translates into a drawing.

It then derives the graphic representation of its motion.

Thanks to the trajectories, translated into pictorial sign, the subject takes shape and is led in turn to make a movement in space.

It will be the free and fluid movement in space which will move this closure caused by pathology.

a possible solution to the problem colld be open up to the space become aware of the possibilities that a body possesses, accept the alterations and feel free to change deform without fear and alter according to the vision of the eye the starting shapes will be obtained from the deformation of the subject.

Knowing oneself through interaction with the garments these will not follow the lines and forms of the existing body but will create a new one, almost amorphous and in constant transition.

The garment presents an initial form that can be altered through quick and practical solutions, also as needed for this reason, the collection is based on the possibility to be totally deconstructed achieving always different shapes, the state of the garments, as well as the body, transits between the initial form and a totally personal final form.

The possibility of using the garment in different ways allows the subject to make its own, to adapt it to one's will, to different circumstances, and above all to be able to use it as a vehicle for acceptance.

Fundamentals are accessories such as split coated zippers, loop zippers used to create armholes, snap and snap buttons with magnets.
Relevant, in addition to the accessories, are the fabrics, there is the combination of technical fabrics as coated ripstop, ripstop with memory effects (they change the original appearance) and textile manipulations.
These have been applied both on technical fabrics, altering the form but not the function, for example, by boiling the fabric with marbles that make it elastic, but also on fresh double wool which gave me the opportunity to experiment with needling.

Needling allowed me to give a sculptural aspect to textile manipulations layering different type of fabrics, the final intention is to lead the subject to accept the real self, face the space and heal.

Decompose, recompose, increase and decrease volume, open up, expose.