Designer Mario Dice showcases Made in Italy in its utmost expression of craftsmanship and excellence
Sexy, Fall Winter 2023/24 collection “Le bal des Folles” Mario Dice, sophisticated, up-to-date. Mario Dice is inspired by the novel by Victoria Mas and focuses on one of the coercive methods used by male power to repress any vague aspiration for independence on the part of women.
A denunciation of the female condition at the end of the 19th century in France and throughout Europe. The predominant colour of the collection is black, as an expression of the bitterness of this condition, which nevertheless leaves glimmers of light in the colours of wisteria and white and allows the spectators to breathe.
The brutal methods of coercion, which see their expression in the use of straitjackets, are reinterpreted by the designer to enhance the female silhouette and delicately envelop it with weaves of the finest leather and crystal-embellished fabrics, as if to become a source of strength and protection.
The Fall Winter 2023/24 collection finds its ideal setting at the Service Centre of Fiera Milano Rho where, in an unprecedented, metaphysical and timeless location, the models will move within a garden enclosed by glass windows, leaving those looking out as a voyeuristic and dreamlike showcase.
The designer’s choice is to catapult the onlooker into a surreal atmosphere, almost as if to make the public relive a sort of coercion to sit as passive spectators waiting; the same coercion of people forced to live trapped in a condition that is difficult to understand, to share, and that often still leads to marginalisation due to repression and superficiality.
The models move within a natural space suspended between dream and reality, as if they were vulnerable and defenceless, forced into the fear and uncertainty of those who are forcibly confined, not only in a physical place but in a place of the soul and mind from which it is difficult to escape.
All this can be found in the use, as the ‘primary element’ of the entire collection, of leather that expresses fragility in lasing, strength in weaving and embroidery.
Thanks to Lineapelle, the collection is the result of a close collaboration with Made in Italy companies specialised in extraordinary craftsmanship: chiffon-like leathers, laserwork, weaving, embroidery, studding, crystals, pleating make each garment an example of how to make a system in the Italian supply chain.
P.Rew.: Mario Dice, Lineapelle Designers Edition, I Talents