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COUNTERPOINT


COUNTERPOINT Starting point: Santa Maria Del Fiore (”Il Duomo”) Story of Brunelleschi succeeding in creating the Dome for this Cathedral, and it therefore being able to be consecrated after hundreds of years of people believing it was impossible to complete this project due to its enourmous size. This story represents surpassing what is considered impossible, to do something greater than average. The cards were stacked against Brunelleschi in trying to complete this project, but he persevered, and succeeded. RELEVANCE TODAY: This is the kind of story that can inspire people to do things “greater than the average” in today’s scary world of corruption, judgement, discrimination, etc.

TAKING IT ONE STEP FURTHER: Carlo Scarpa is famous for combining materials. The most common example of him doing so is the way he places thin gold lines through concrete, rendering a very industrial looking material as a precious one. He also did things like build onto old buildings with modern ones, to create a beautiful contrast. To me, Carlo Scarpa’s work represents a kind of “merging of the people ”. The combination of an old school of thought and a new one. By this, I mean to refernce the more “close minded” people in the world who do not easily accept changes that could lead to a better life for everyone. If the ones who are closed off can be shown that by changing our perspective to accept everyone, and stop allowing so many awful events to occur, we will all be rewarded with a more peacful life. Everybody wants a better life, and if someone can be shown that changes in society will not ruin their life, but will actually improve it, a beautiful blend of people will emerge. Not everyone has to think alike, but everyone should be accepted, treated with respect, and have the ability to live a peaceful life.

ORIGINAL TREATMENT IDEAS: -Running Gold leather lines through unexpected fabrics -Gold Trapunto stitching -Engraving Cashmere -Combining striped silks -Opened Seams to reveal contrast fabric below -Golden velvet panels with thin lines of gold leather -Gold Stitching on brown leather


A LOOK INTO MY PROCESS:


C O U N T E R P O I N T

BY MELISSA MARSELLA

What’s the concept/inspiration behind the project?

My initial inspiration for this project was Florence’s famous cathedral, Santa Maria Del Fiore. More specifically,its dome. The cathedral is lovingly called “Il Duomo” by the Florentine people, because of the famous story of creation of its dome.

In 1296 Santa Maria Del Fiore was built , but the cathedral was too big, and no one could figure out how to complete it with a dome. So for hundreds of years, Santa Maria Del Fiore remained unfinished- this was considered a giant embarrassment in the middle of Florence. No one could figure out how to complete it, so it was left with a giant hole where the Dome would eventually go later on. A cathedral cannot be consecrated until it has a roof over it, so the building couldn’t even function for the church. Finally, in the early 1400’s, Cosimo De Medici decided he would be the one figure out how to complete the cathedral. He sought out architects and artists that might be able to get the job done. Finally, he found Filippo Brunelleschi, a hard to deal with architect/sculptor/engineer with a big temper. Cosimo De Medici threw a competition for who would complete this project, and Brunelleschi won. He knew exactly how to get it done. The church did not trust his vision, and did not trust him. He constantly had to prove his ideas, but he had to balance this delicately, because he did not want to give away too much. He was afraid if they knew his plan, they would have someone else finish it. Brunelleschi was constantly ridiculed by the church’s leaders, and they constantly told him that with his ideas, the Dome would fall apart or cave inwards within a few years. The dome has until this day stood perfectly. The cathedral was consecrated in 1436. Not only did he complete a project that was considered impossible, but he overcame so many hurdles on the way. He invented better machinery to bring the supplies up hundreds of feet into the air faster than normal, he found ways to keep the workers happy and working well for longer hours, and so much more. He knew that his idea would work, and proved himself consistently by exceeding what was expected. This story represents many important things. It is a story of endurance, hard work, and creating something that is considered “impossible”. I grew up in Florence, and this story was always one of my favorites, but recently the story’s relevance has seemed stronger than ever. In this very moment, it feels like the world needs this kind of story as inspiration. With all the negative that is going on in the current world, all the fright, murders, and corruption, and discrimination, there are still more people out there that want the positive. I believe that all these people can overcome all of the negativity that burdens us so heavily now a days, and move humanity in the right direction. But what people need, is encouragement. There are many heroes who have stood up for what they believe in for the greater good, but we need more. The people on the brink of doing something to counteract something bad, those are the ones that need to be supported to do so.

Carlo Scarpa is famous for combining materials. The most common example of him doing so is the way he places thin gold lines through concrete, rendering a very industrial looking material as a precious one. He also did things like build onto old buildings with modern ones, to create a beautiful contrast. To me, this kind of combination is what the people opposed to change need. Everybody wants a better life, and if someone can be shown that changes in society will not ruin their life, but will actually improve it, a beautiful blend of people will emerge. Not everyone has to think alike, but everyone should be accepted, treated with respect, and have the ability to live a peaceful life. So for my final concept, I wanted to combine Brunelleschi’s Duomo with the work of Carlo Scarpa, to create a balanced collection. Balanced between old and new, dark to light, somber to joyful.

How does this projects best demonstrate your unique aesthetic and perspective?

I think this project demonstrates my unique aesthetic by taking something physical (the work of two different architects) and relating it to a deeper meaning of what is going on in our world today. This is something that has always come across in my work, and my thoughts about fashion. The reason I love fashion design is because of the feeling it can give to a person, but also the curiosity it can bring to people. When I was younger, the only thing I cared about was watching the next fashion show, and then finding out exactly why the designer made the collection. Because of this, I always knew what was going on in the world, history, etc etc. It made me interested, concerned, and empowered.

The more I thought about this, I wondered about the people who seem to think that what is going on in the world is okay, and don’t seem concerned. I thought about all the “old-fashioned” thinkers, and why they can’t just get on board with trying to stop some of these issues. The ones with the closed up minds, what could we do about them? I wondered if there was a story about an architect that deal with something I could relate to them.

My target customer is a well educated woman, between 20 and 35 years old. She works in a creative field, that allows her to experiment with how she dresses. She is able to support herself, but is still looking to grow in her career. She enjoys learning about art, architecture, and literature. She lives in a metropolitan area.

After some research, I found Carlo Scarpa. There is no actual narrative for his work in the same way that Brunelleschi’s dome has, but it was what I was looking for.

What stores and brands appeal to your target customer?

Who is your target customer?

She likes Celine, Acne, Maison Margiela, Prada, Barneys, Maxfield, and vintage shops/flea market for designer vintage. These are places where she shops, but also gets inspiration. She likes to just look at the clothes and admire the construction and small details. Overall, she just prefers to own a piece that is good quality, whether it is brand new, or a true designer vintage piece.


COUNTERPOINT

C O U N T E R P O I N T  

My project is called COUNTERPOINT, and in it I combine elements from Florence’s Santa Maria Del Fiore with elements of Carlo Scarpa’s archit...

C O U N T E R P O I N T  

My project is called COUNTERPOINT, and in it I combine elements from Florence’s Santa Maria Del Fiore with elements of Carlo Scarpa’s archit...

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