"The Kindness of Paper. Sustainability is beauty" is the new exhibition opened in Bologna at the Fashion Research Italy Foundation, which will remain open until February 27, 2022.

The exhibition presents 18 sculpture-paper-dresses created by Caterina Crepax, daughter of the famous cartoonist Guido Crepax.

The dresses on display reproduce fabric patterns from the textile design archive of Fondazione Fashion Research Italy (F.FRI), founded in 2015 by the will of Cavalier Alberto Masotti, president of La Perla, to support the Made in Italy fashion and design sectors through consulting and training activities.

The garments, displayed on renewable and biodegradable mannequins by Bonaveri, will move to Milan in the company's showroom from June 2022.

The exhibition was organized with the intention of drawing attention to the theme of sustainability through beauty, but also to celebrate the inauguration of Punto Sostenibilità, one of the largest Italian archives, both physical and digital, of textile materials, accessories and sustainable packaging solutions for fashion. Inside, you will find recycled wool, regenerated silk, biodegradable jersey, recycled aluminum accessories, as well as antique yarns and weaves. The materials and solutions are already industrialized and available for small or large scale production.

The Bologna exhibition also aims to draw attention to the importance and urgency of adopting sustainable practices within the fashion industry. The clothes and mannequins featured in the project aim to encourage everyone to respect the planet by using special materials such as the paper used for the clothes in the exhibition produced with 100% recycled fibers from the historic Cordenons paper mill, and Bonaveri's Schläppi 2200 mannequins, made with an innovative material generated from renewable sources.

Bonaveri presented in 2016 the first biodegradable mannequin made of a natural biodegradable plastic material, BPlast, composed of 72% sugarcane derivatives, and covered with BPaint, a vegetable-based paint. The mannequin was granted with the "Ok Biobased" certificate by TÜV Austria. In the same year, following the LCA analysis on its entire production cycle, it redesigned all packaging to make them more eco-friendly and reduce their environmental impact.



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