451. Creating my first fashion collection was not easy…

451. Creating my first fashion collection was not easy…

I was at the beginning of my great adventure in the fashion world.
Mario Valentino’s enthusiasm for my prints on leather convinced me I would be able to enter the fashion world through the main door. I went to work and started thinking of a collection entirely created, designed, printed and made by me. I thought everything was in my favor: age, entrepreneurship, and fantasy.

Creating a collection would not be easy, but I loved drawing, creating, knowing how to judge fashion. Fashion was beginning to enter my DNA, but to set up a collection I needed experience and the tailoring field was completely unknown to me. I decided to create my style with color and my prints.

By now I had made my decision and nothing would convince me otherwise, though I did not know exactly where to begin. A collection? Of course it was not easy. I climbed the steps not only of the Fashion planet, but also those of that big planet, Life.

I could have made evening dresses, long skirts, shirts, tops, overcoats, short jackets and unlined jackets. Fortunately, I was not obsessed with shape. I liked simple shapes. The novelty and the change I introduced compared with that of other designers was mainly in the materials I used.  I had already in mind what designs to print on leather: some floral motifs and motifs that imitated the design of the fur of certain animals. Skin print on leather would certainly be an innovation!

With the help of a modeler and a small group of outsourced seamstress, I decided to make a collection of a few pieces.

“ROBERTO CAVALLI” was born.

I had based my success on my feelings and my insights and I knew I was right.

I began to decorate the leather with high pressure and hot techniques to create movement and relief effects.

Few know that I am the creator and initiator of these leather printing techniques.

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450. An infinite love for animals and nature to convey to our children.

450. An infinite love for animals and nature to convey to our children.

When my children were young I built a huge aviary. I then bought colourful peacocks, white peacocks, regal pheasants and various species of duck. Every morning I looked for the eggs, which were usually well hidden in every corner of the aviary. I also bought an incubator with special lamps that emitted the required heat. The hatching of the eggs were great emotional moments for us!  We spent hours looking for even the slightest movement in the eggs that would prepare us for the arrival of a new-born. It was not easy to keep them alive and this made us love them even more.  It made us feel more emotionally attached to them and responsible for them.

I loved to explain all these things to my children. I liked to encourage them to love animals, nature and everything that the countryside offered us. I then added more German shepherd dogs and my first blue and yellow parrot, followed by a second one, red and yellow. Parrots, what odd birds! They have great intelligence and they bond with one single person. They get attached to the place where they live.  They can become sweet and eat delicately from your hands or even from your mouth with that huge beak that can be so strong and sharp.

I love animals and when they get attached to me I return their affection and pay them a lot of attention.  Every animal understands this and, even though they may have a natural fear in the beginning, with patience a true friendship always binds us.

I could have become an animal trainer.  I love them and being around them.  Animals are instinctive, natural.  The emotions they show are true.  I love their instincts, their truth which we find in abundance in our own young.

Do you have a pet? Is it a dog, a cat or… something else? What have you learned to love? What has learned to love you.

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449. I don’t define myself as a Stylist or as a Designer.  I prefer to call myself an Artist of Fashion.

449. I don’t define myself as a Stylist or as a Designer.  I prefer to call myself an Artist of Fashion.

I started my big adventure breathing the thin air of fashion at home together with the strong influence of art in Florence.

I don’t like to be defined as a stylist or as a designer but rather as a fashion artist; one who likes to turn simple white cotton canvases into exquisite brocades.

During my artistic life, which I call my big adventure, I learned a lot from simply observing the world around me.

I started studying shapes and colours at the Art Institute of Porta Romana.  There I assimilated the techniques of printing on fabrics, setting colours on different fabrics, blending colours and creating that harmony that transforms a simple canvas into a beautiful dress.

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, enhanced my artistic education. Living in Florence, a city that reflects art in all its forms, helps you to see the way shapes and colours are combined and amplified to create a natural predisposition to artistic creation, regardless of whether it is a painting, a statue or a building.

Over time I have realized that my education has allowed me to see beyond, beyond what we normally see before our eyes.
It is like having the gift to see art expressing itself in every aspect of the world around.

Had I not started in the fashion world I would have liked to be an architect…  I have carried on some small personal projects as an architect, like the beach house in Castiglioncello on the Tuscan coast, in my homes in Panzano in Chianti and in my house in Florence.

If your desire is to pursue a career in the fashion world my advice is to start studying the History of Art. In this way you will discover many of the beautiful things we have inherited from the genius of our ancestors and, together with your own observation of Creation and the infinite beauty that nature gives us each day, you will receive a powerful continuous source of inspiration!

Do not fail to come to Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  If you decide to visit, let me know I will offer you an “aperitivo” at Caffè Giacosa.

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