Alessio Berto, an expert insider of the fashion and jeanswear scene, pattern maker and founder of The Tailor Pattern Support, has developed a new project called Project Refinement - The Equality Suit with top Italian partners such as Destro Fabrics, Acquadesign and Mary Grace. Design, pattern making and art direction of the project were managed by Berto who explained the details of this project.
It was born with the aim to create a suit that can be worn by everyone–men, women, people of any creed, part of the world, lifestyle and taste. I wanted to create a product that embodies all the characteristics that represent something beautiful, well made and refined. I was tired to visit, for instance, fabric shows where most exhibitors often present samples that all look the same and most often don’t inspire insiders. For this I created a total look that is characterized by a special pattern, as the same exact pieces can be worn by men and women. In fact, I can design items that fit both sexes and make them feel at ease and look great. These pieces’ pattern making is minimalist and meant to create a fit that is modern and timeless as you can wear them for many years. The design is asymmetrical, genderless and human-centric. The deconstruction of the shoulder, the fluid body shape and trousers that are tapered at the bottom characterize this outfit.
I chose a high quality fabric by Destro Fabrics, an Italian company specialized in the production of eco and sustainable fabrics. It created a 100% responsible fabric exclusively for this project, made with recycled cotton and polyester. The yarn-dyed polyester used in its weft allows one to play with different shades of colors on both sides of the fabric. The particular weaving construction gives the fabric a special touch, making the surface rich and shiny, inspired by denim, but very refined. Acquadesign has developed Eco Dye, a special dyeing technique that adds an iridescent effect to the fabric. The manufacturing is also very important for the success of this project, hence the decision to rely on Mary Grace, a structure recognized for luxury manufacturing. The result is a timeless suit, without gender, without discrimination.
Will this suit be sold in the market?
Not right now. Destro Fabrics aims to present it during the next shows or events it will participate in–hoping that everything returns to normality. In any case this suit’s pattern can be bought and if a company wants to start producing and selling it we will be more than happy.
What do you see in the future of fashion? Will it be always more genderless?
I think that the future will be always more open and I hope barriers fall down day after day. Fashion has always been inspired by real life and the trend toward genderless has been advancing for a long time, especially among young designers. This collaboration aims to express a vision of the future I shared with the partners of this project based upon responsibility, quality and equality.