Created by the Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode (MMMM), the Rencontres de la Mode-Fashion Contacts provide students on the Masters Degree in Fashion and Textile Métiers course, and from the IICC Mode - International Institute for Creation and Fashion Sewing private fashion school, as well as designers of the MMMM, with a series of conferences given by influential people in the Fashion industry. The first day of the Rencontres de la Mode-Fashion Contacts was at the Villa Méditerranée, with two guest speakers. The first was Jina Luciani the creator of OCCIDENTE, a 2016 M Major competition laureate, and the second Dominique Barbiery, Director of Mnufactures de Mode a subsidiary of Chanel, a partner of the MMMM, which preserves and promotes the heritage, craft and manufacturing skills of fashion artisan workshops. They talked about their exceptional careers and their innovative views on two major themes, ecology and the transmission of skills and know-how.
Jina Luciani - creator of OCCIDENTE – a 2016 M MAJOR competition Laureate
Jina Luciani, a young designer full of life with a contagious optimism, talked about her concept of creation and design, which can realistically be summed up in two words: ethics and aesthetics. The ecological lingerie and Yogawear garments she proposes are made from natural materials like cotton, silk and linen, which are, of course, accredited GOTS-Global Organic Textile Standard and OEKO-TEX Standard 100 for harmful substances. A real forerunner in her field, Jina Luciani is inspired by art, for the emotions she is capable of producing, and by architecture for the original volumes she creates. The main colours in her current collection are in tones of black, beige and white. Very concerned about the environment, the talented entrepreneur strongly favours fabrics made in France and makes everything in one place in Provence. Naturally curious, due to her penchant for travel, Jina Luciani sells her products around the world, in 15 countries including Japan, China, USA, and Dubaï and in Europe. But she still has her feet firmly on the ground and prefers a business which is successful but still defends her ethics and unequalled quality and technicity, rather than use mass production and see her values disappear. Always in line with current trends, Jina has a more than promising personality. Keep your eye on this incredible designer!
Dominique Barbiery - Director of Paraffection S.A. and Deputy Director of Fashion Manufacturing at CHANEL, a partner of the MMMM
Dominique Barbiery, microphone in hand, shares his passion for the skills and know-how of the Métiers d’Art fashion artisanal craftsmanship division at Chanel, which groups together 10 Companies specialising in different arts and crafts: Georges Desrue, specialising in making buttons for Chanel; Lemarié and Guillet artisan plumassiers which work in ornamental feathers or plumes; Maison et Chapelier hatters, using felt, straw or fabric, with more than 300 hat forms; Lesage for embroidery; Massaro for handmade to measure shoes and boots; Goossens Paris creators of jewellery and ornaments; Montex known for their « architectural embroidery »; Causse makers of leather gloves since 1892 in the town of Millau in the French Midi-Pyrenees region in southern France; and Lognon with their famous pleats. They are the guardians of the skills and know-how that Dominique Barbiery is responsible for protecting and passing on to others every day. Educating, training and communicating with young people about these unique and ancestral crafts and métiers is the best way to save and protects them, as today they have become very rare and precious. The worlds of fashion and luxury goods need these techniques, which, nevertheless, must in the future be innovative and adapt to our times. These two lovers of Métiers d’Art skills and crafts had the skills themselves to let us dream for a few moments and linger on the beauty of these trades, by presenting the Haute Couture creations of Yacine Aouadi where feathers and embroidery meet on exceptionally modern silhouettes. A talented designer discovered by the MMMM, who also organised the first public exhibition of his work at the MUCEM and at Château Borély, as part of the OPENMYMED Festival they held this year.
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