- Mexican Fashion and Art. Paulina López
As Oscar Wilde said in one of his most famous quotes: “One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art”. During the first exhibition of Mexican fashion in Milan, organised at the IED in Via Sciesa by the Italy-Mexico trade Association, ITALMEX and FONARTEX during the Milan Fashion Week and in presence of the Mexican Consul in Milan, Marisela Morales, he would have found a garment worthy of his words, designed by young Mexican fashion designer Paulina Lopez.
Paulina López - like all the 25 designers on exhibition - crafted her vision of the theme, which was how to use the great Mexican painters and mural artists for inspiration - "Muralista y Pintores Messicanos". Her creation - a black jumpsuit with white floral appliques - expressly references “Flower Day”, painted by Diego Rivera in 1925 and now on display at the LACMA museum, Los Angeles (link).
A painting dripping with symbols - its central figure wrapped in the red, white and green of the Mexican flag, the white calla lilies being sold by the vendor. And these are the flowers appliqued onto the Paulina López creation.
But she didn't just pay a figurative tribute to Rivera. The Mexican designer followed an attentive creative process during which she developed the ties between the different artistic disciplines, turning the two-dimensional pictorial art into a sculptural, three-dimensional project, namely a work of art to be worn.
Mexico will also be featuring at SpazioFMG from 18 October 2017, when it will open the exhibition “Ares Arquitectos, B+R Arquitectos & Lombardini22 - Contemporary retail spaces in Mexico, Spain and Italy”, with the patronage of the Mexican consulate and backed by the ITALMEX association.
Project: Paulina Lòpez
Images: courtesy of Paulina López, courtesy of ITALMEX
Painting by Diego Rivera: Diego Rivera, Flower Day (Día de Flores), 1925, oil on canvas, 58 x 47 1/2 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Fund, © 2016 Banco de México