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Sadly last year on 20th July one of the greatest italian stylist, Elio Fiorucci, passed away; I had the pleasure to meet him and share with him one of his last work dedicated to one theme he cared deeply for, the protection of animals and the conservation of nature.
I remember when he authorized the print of the first t-shirt and I post the photo I took with him in his office.
I’ll never forget those moments and I took the liberty of express a thought that you can read below.
Giuliano Grittini introduced me to Elio Fiorucci and I’ll always remember our first meeting in his office in Milano. I knew I would meet a piece of italian fashion history: Elio was the first one to make a change in doing fashion, bringing it close to people.
I’ll always remember his smile, his kindness and friendliness. After few minutes I felt comfortable submitting him my project; he showed his interest and accepted to share and join it.
He was particularly impressed by the numbered and certified limited edition and by the fact that my t-shirt would contain messages to be shared, worn by the customer whenever appropriate. A garment which is never out of fashion, which being unique, has actually to be kept and worn over time.
Speaking about projects to share, we decided to deal with animal-rights and environmental themes.
Elio, who was a famous vegetarian, during our first meeting gave me a book, advising me that after reading it I would no longer eat meat. Our first t-shirt focused on the animal protection, in particular on the use of their fibre in textiles.
At that time on their website Peta ** published a report on how the angora fur was removed in some Chinese holdings: this was done by hand from live animals kept tied, and the same operation would be done again after six months, a real cruelty.
Together we created a t-shirt, the only one on the textile market, to condemn this practice; this problem was highlighted by some major textile groups which banned the use of the angora fibre from their garments.
Afterwards we developed a series of t-shirts sharing the WWF’s project on the protection and conservation of Amazonia for which Elio thinked up some aphorisms, as well as the pictures for the t-shirts.
All t-shirts of his collection are certified by himself, and this make them really exclusive and unique works.
Unfortunately he passed away and I will always remember how mindful he was for my project and I am proud for both his participation and for having in my collection one of the last works he made.
Thank you Elio. You’ll always be in my heart.