Local designer James Dimech recently took to Rome with his latest collection to exhibit a collection of sustainable fashion pieces for the InterRoma festival… and boy did he impress.
Between Milan (the capital of Italian fashion in the world) and Florence (number one in men’s fashion), Rome has a special role.
It is an incubator of a city that attracts some of the little-known, underdog, up-and-comers to the industry. It is a place that discovers fresh talents from all walks of life and prepares them to go on and face the challenges their careers will no doubt present them with.
When James took his Elizabeth collection over to Rome, he never expected it to create as much buzz as it did.
Guest of honour for the week, Italian actress Jennifer Mischiati, even walked in one of the pieces to a roar of applause.
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Really proud to wear this gorgeous creation. Besides its beauty and elegance, entirely handmade by James himself, this piece of art it’s created using a polyester fibre made from 100 per cent post-consumer plastic bottles and up-cycling from diverse waste materials such as tin cans from his rescued kitties. Also, thank you to Andrea for this beautiful shot! And to my wonderful press agent Licia! @dimechjames @andrea_bracaglia_ph @licia.gargiulo . . . . #awareness #recycle #art #fashion #design #creation #gorgeaus #beauty #beautiful #elegance #ecosustentable #handmade #cats #palazzobrancaccio #rome #actress #model #testimonial #proud #happy #worldoffashion
Dimech is an architect by trade, but first and foremost presents himself as an artist. He is not in the business of tailoring fashionable items to be worn on the daily (or even for one-off events). He intends his creations to remain works of wearable art.
While James was exhibiting his collection, journalists flocked to him backstage in awe of his three-dimensional creation
With his passion for fashion, James had stirred up enough hype for the Italian publication Blogarzone.it to pick up his collection as one of the top 5 to shine the catwalk that week.
Touting his details as “a hark back to the art of Gian Franco Ferré,” with a tenacity between art and fashion that also recalled the concepts of Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo. Focusing on the proximity between the limits of art and fashion in Dimech’s work, the publication goes on to describe his collection as “art and craft, black and white”.
Dimech himself says the best award he could have had from the whole event, recognition aside, was the compliments he received once his exhibit had closed.
Not many people had realised how much work he’d put into the collection.
The dress worn by Mischiati had been pleated by hand, printed from an ordinary office A4 printer and then baked at his home in a kitchen oven before being transferred to textile.
James Dimech is not a very well-known name in the local fashion industry, and this isn’t something that bothers him.
He works from his studio in Msida that is shared with his make-up artist sister and Lovin Malta Social Media Award winner Jennifer Dimech.
The Italian publication went on to close the feature on James by saying that his work contained “the ancient splendours of a genius coming to life through a new aesthetic that transcends the concept of dressing and plays the game of contrast in a most contemporary way”. You go James!