There is always want to PATCHWORK!

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Vogue cover, 1919

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“Jenny” di Beatrice Brandini

The Patchwork is a fabric made from the set of pieces sewn together (literally “work done with square”), and if originally founded to recycle worn garments in order to realize the new (or to manufacture blankets, the famous quilts), today has completely lost its role as “ethical – social” to become a feature widely used by the fashion that gives life to products or objects beautiful and valuable.

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Sonia Delaunay, 1925

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Sonia Delaunay

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Sonia Delaunay

To ennoble patchwork has mostly thought about Sonia Delaunay, whose artistic experiments ranged between graphics, painting, fashion and furniture. Her first work of abstract art was in fact a patchwork quilt made for her son. Her are the “simultaneous clothes” (we are in the twenties – thirties), composed paintings with geometric shapes such as rectangles, diamonds, circles …, an invaluable source of inspiration for fashion from the sixties to the present day.

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YSL, patchwork dresses 1969. Current Fantastically

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YSL, F/W 2015

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Vintage clothes by Roberto Cavalli

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Roberto Cavalli jacket 70s

In Italy perhaps the first to use the patchwork fashion was Roberto Cavalli that in the early seventies was printing the skin creating beautiful “collage” (patchwork) in animal or floral designs, following the strongest trend of the time, namely that of hippies.

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Patchwork tailoring and refined by Etro, F/W 2016

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Examples of beautiful patchwork from the collection of DSquared2 and Antonio Marras

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Valentino, 2016

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YSL

And also Ossie Clark, Ives Saint Laurent, Moschino, Missoni … all able to reinvent the patchwork and turn it into a strong connotation to define their style.

There are many kinds of patchwork, generally are distinguished by type of work, drawing and place of origin, the oldest and most important are the sconces, the baltimore, Hawaiian, Indian molas. Even if the true origin seems to date back even to ancient Egypt.

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Proust Armchair, Alessandro Mendini for Cappellini. A masterpiece!

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Divano Moroso, design Javier Mariscal

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Gio Ponti Villa Planchart, Caracas. An incredibly current architectural masterpiece. Floor and ceiling “patchwork”

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Chair Furnmod

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POH. Beautiful inlaid table Cappellini, design Raphael Navot

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Armchair Moroso, fantastic

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Presentations during Milan Design Week

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Vaso Sottsass per Memphis

Beautiful are also the objects of design, the furnishings or simply fabrics manufactured using the patchwork technique. In the examples I tried to present only a very small part, but explicit enough to understand what freedom allows this technique and what is the final effect. Personally I find it fantastic as steeped in color, imagination and free will.

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Christopher Kane, SS 2016

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Precious inlays. Prada SS 2017. A sublime reinterpretation of patchwork.

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Chanel Cruise 2016, poetry!

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Marc Jacobs, SS 2017, a patchwork hippie kaleidoscope

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Fendi Peekaboo bag, simply fabulous !!!

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The very traditional Chanel patchwork, when the bon ton bride creativity

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Refined and precious Prada handbags

Whether a high fashion cloth, so precious, or it’s you in front of a white canvas, patchwork is creative and ingenious, a way to have fun, let off steam and why not (it goes without saying) to be “extravagantly” fashionable.

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Pattern Marimekko

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“Patchwork woman” by Beatrice Brandini

Good life to everyone!

Beatrice

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