Each year, Vogue Italia selects the most talented fashion students worldwide for an exclusive feature in their September Issue. This year, Polimoda’s Gauhar Afroze Ali and Giunia Guerrera presented major collections on the end-of-the-year runway, earning them a spot in this month’s Vogue Talents, the annual supplement to Vogue Italia.
Vogue Talents promotes up-and-coming creativity through initiatives in search of new talent, including events, contests, workshops and most importantly, their annual Vogue Talents publication.
Gauhar’s featured graduation collection was inspired by her travels to northern Pakistan in the region bordering China. “Some of the inhabitants there are of Tibetan-Chinese descent, and their nomadic spirit really appealed to me,” she recounted. “It touched a chord deep within me, which is what inspired me to create something that reflects their ethos.” Mirroring her own interior, she patched together prayer mats, tapestries, woolen fabrics and thick painted cotton to evoke the fusion of time and cultures, with large deconstructed silhouettes and unhuman shapes recalling the wooden monasteries of her travels.
Giunia, the winner of this year’s fashion show, was drawn to the nature of today’s social media-obsessed world, using her work to reflect how people accumulate objects to demand attention, destabilizing their identity. “My research focuses on the themes of a liquid society – hedonism, ephemeral relationships, man-smartphone symbiosis… where the only means of measuring social recognition is visibility at any cost,” she explained in an exclusive Polimoda interview. “In my garments, draperies that protrude from the body challenge the desire to be seen, which ultimately destroys privacy.” A strong critique of our technology-ridden world, Giunia’s pieces were also selected to walk the runway at Graduate Fashion Week in London this year.
The September Issue of Vogue Italia is on stands now.