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Crafting the future: stories of craftsmanship and innovation

On 21 September 2016 at the Mudec (the Milan Museum of Cultures) Crafting the Future: Storie di artigianalità e innovazione will open its doors. An exhibition open to the public, with the organization and backing of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, and support from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and ICE, the Agency for the foreign promotion and internationalisation of Italian companies. The exhibition, curated by Franca Sozzani, brings together crafts excellence and ‘Made in Italy’ companies investing in the development of new technologies applied to fashion, with particular attention paid to the issue of sustainability. The dialogue between these realities has brought about a series of projects created especially for the occasion and ready to be put on sale. Alongside the products created for the occasion, crafting the future aims to tell the stories of crafts producers and companies through videos and multimedia devices allowing visitors to investigate the themes of the exhibition, exploring the crafts production companies scattered across the national territory in an immersive fashion. It is interesting to underline how along the theme-based exhibition itinerary, a particularly rich panorama of skills and productive capacities spread right across the Italian territory emerges, highlighting specific production districts and a broad range stretching from knitwear to jewellery, from textiles to the most diverse and complex leather-working processes, right through to fine tailoring.

The Italian pedigree of excellence is represented by names such as: Miles and Lineapiù, which joined forces in the knitting and yarn cosmos to cross new frontiers into three-dimensional knitwear; Candiani Denim, Canepa and Can­giari for eco-friendly fabrics with an ethical production, Bonotto Editions with a special installation of artistic textiles, Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio with its precious brocades and velvets, Bottonificio Padano with its green acces­sories, WearableItalia with accessories and jewellery able of blending technology and craftsmanship up to selected artisanal atelier as Mazzanti Piume, among the most historical reality specialized in processing feathers, EBI Handmade, a creative factory for embroideries and macramé, Rosso Venezia, a luxury shoe artisan on the Brenta River, Conceria Sciarada, a tannery for sustainable suede, Royal Trunk producing hand-made trunks, Miss Gummo (milliner), Aurora Pettinari York who turns embroidery into a fine art, Monteneri with its network of fashion and design craftsmen, Atelier Stimamiglio and Bond Factory, which have developed an innovative thermal welding technique, up to figures of artist-craftsmen and entrepreneurs as Benedetta Bruzziches, the artist-artisan accessories studio and Claudio Cutuli producer of 100% natural dyes who used the yarn Cashwool 1978 Zegna Ba­ruffa Lane Borgosesia. In fabrics for men’s tailoring it could not be missed two historic companies like Lanificio F.lli Cerruti and Vitale Barberis Canonico, who worked with the masters of tailoring as Liverano & Liverano (Florence) and Panetta Tailor (Roma). And the shirts by Alessandro Gherardi enriched by embroideries and papillion by Mani del Sud. Finally the sartorial eyewear Ozona and a futuristic vision of Stefano Russo and Roberto Russo with the new project “Prolumen+Siens: Lightransmutation”.

Opens on 21 September 2016.

From 21 September to 13 October
mon 14.30-19.30
tue/wed/fri/sun 9.30-19.30
thu/sat 9.30-22.30
(21 september 14.30-19.30)

Open to the public 
Mudec - Museo delle Culture
Via Tortona 56
Tel. + 39 02.54917


Photo credits: - Andrea Passuello