This year, the full program of events goes on until January 27 and in addition to dj-sets, theater performances and workshops concerning the vintage culture, it proposes the official opening of MY VINTAGE ACADEMY by Barbara Ricchi: a web platform which gathers thousands of prototypes, collected for over the 26 years of activity of the Giorgio Linea artisan workshop, which has always teamed up with the most important luxury brands for the accessories development.
After Pitti Uomo, Pitti W and Pitti Bimbo the Florentine fashion calendar provides Pitti Filati and the inevitable appointment at the Stazione Leopolda with the 21st edition of “Vintage Selection”, the famous vintage-fashion trade show open to the public.
The website is easy to use, and through several thematic filters it makes available to designers, researchers and fashion professionals a huge accessory-archive with a click. Once found the accessory you were looking for, you can download detail-photos, take an appointment in the show room or even rent it. A revolutionary idea in the fashion research field, especially if we think of all those freelance figures, who can not easily move and reach the showroom in the Tuscan hills. Talking with Barbara Ricchi and her colleagues, I discovered MVA is the result of four years of cataloging more than 40000 accessories, an “heritage in progress” which couldn’t be wasted. It is a project open to all other artisans, designers and designers who have any kind of archival items, often crammed and maybe forgotten in dusty spaces, which instead should be preserved in order to show the tradition of the Italian high-quality values to the future generations.
For the official opening of MyVintageAcademy.com, Barbara Ricchi wanted to create a unique experience/event, calling the great visual-artist Felice Limosani who made “Tears in Rain”, a site-specific art installation loosely based on the cult movie Blade Runner (1982).
As in Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Limosani takes the audience in the future, in a dark and foggy space characterized by a constant “acid rain” crossed by beams of light. At the center of the space there is a long catwalk you can run under the umbrella, until you arrive in front of a big screen on which there is a reinterpretation of the famous final phrase of the film (I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…). The Limosani message reports a deficit of our society wich can’t appreciate anymore the passion, the dedication and the love that artisans put into their work.
The several questions based on the concept of copy, work ethic and love, lead the viewers into deep reflections concerning the progressive loss of the craftsmanship, one of the greatest Italian resources and values.
“… What is the boundary between man and machine? Between creation and production? Between original and replica? Between true and false? …” and again “… In a world where the centrality of man is becoming increasingly rare, the concept of love, is likely to get lost like tears in rain.”
This time Limosani has outdone himself, not only amazing and entertaining the viewers, but touching the strings of a common feeling that still hasn’t found a strong voice, of which My Vintage Academy can and will be the bearer.
Alessandro Masetti – The Fashion Commentator