Trieste, Italy – in the north Near the Slovenian border, full of history and beauty, but quite isolated – there are is one of the most coveted international emerging fashion talent awards. It’s a testament to its founder’s iron-blooded will, Barbara Francine. She went through unnerving bureaucracy (it’s Italian baby!) and endless setbacks to finally achieve her long-term dream: the opening of the ITS Arcademy, the team’s sprawling headquarters, a comprehensive archive, fashion museum and Space for exhibitions and art events.
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Over the past two decades, the ITS Awards have been awarded to a group of now renowned designers including Demna, Mattieu Blazy of Bottega Veneta, Cecilie Bahnsen, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena and Richard Quinn. This is Francine’s pride. But the culmination of her hard work was the Arcademy, which opened with an elegant exhibition curated by Olivier Saillard. It showcases a compilation of stunning portfolios submitted by young creatives and their art collections that will evolve over time. “These portfolios are truly unique, refined pieces of art, always handcrafted; they’re not briefs scribbled on a screen,” says Saillard. “The finalists’ first collections are all accurately preserved, which is not always the case, as they are often lost, dismembered or sold.” He was struck by their “innocence and purity, their inspirations so diverse that both is lyrical, it can be very dark and funny, and their poetry, still not astounded by being diluted and deformed by the laws of the luxury industry. If people doubt the artistic quality of fashion,” he concluded, “they should Check out this exhibition. These handmade pieces come from a place of purity and take on an artistic gesture.” In these initial stages, fashion can still represent a space where romance and imagination can inspire desire, shaping a true personal vision. The ITS exhibition is a reminder of how exciting it is to see so much creation still so pure.