“Fashion or the Unsustainable Lightness of Art”
A dress is the most universal artifact: worn by anyone, every day, all day, regardless of class, gender, age, census, ethnicity, or religion. That’s why fashion forces anyone to have an extended relationship with art. And that’s why through fashion, art is no longer merely an object of contemplation or use: it’s the platform through which each of us relates to ourselves and others. Through the analysis of two revolutionary collections that Alessandro Michele has signed for Gucci, the talk will attempt to demonstrate why fashion is the most interesting and important artistic discipline of the 21st century.

Emanuele Coccia is a Philosopher and Professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. His research focuses on Nature, Art and Fashion. His recent publications include “Filosofia della Casa”, “Metamorphoses”, “La vita delle Piante”, published in 2018 and translated into 10 languages.

In 2019 he has curated the exhibition “Nous les Arbres” at Fondation Cartier in Paris. He has an extensive experience as a lecturer for some of the most important cultural institutions internationally. He is currently working on an essay in collaboration with Alessandro Michele, Creative Director of Gucci, about the philosophy of Fashion due to be published in 2023 by HarperCollins.

Interviewed by Caterina Lunghi, journalist and teacher, and by a selected group of students, Emanuele Coccia will unfold his latest research topics.

The talk is part of the “Disrupting Patterns” series, multidisciplinary and innovation-oriented open lectures that deal with various topics related to design, deepening them with the desire for research, contemporary processes and future themes.

The event will be held online on September 21st at 5.30 pm.

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