Cora Bellotto, an Italian designer, studied at the NABA, the New Academy for Art, in Milan. There, she graduated in 2011; and her final collection was even featured in the Vogue Talents Issue. Today, she works on her master’s degree at the Domus Academy and she hopes to found her own label after it. Her inspiration is taken from literature, music or art. She always tries to develop her usage of materials and shapes.

The final collection of Cora Bellotto is called “Retold Stories”. Here, she was inspired by contemporary, African art and focused on three artists: Romuald Hazoumè, Gerard Quenum, and Dilomprizulike. She puts the Voodoo culture into the center. This culture is dominated by a constant fight between mind control, tranquility and rough vitality.

In her collection she depicts both: tranquility and big spaces, brutal clarity and also tension. The silhouettes are overdone and receive wide, masculine shoulders. This is the case of the coats, which have a very calm front side while the backs are marked by  pleats, which looks even wilder. These very voluminous designs are the contrast to the rest of the line, which experiments with many details and functions in a filigree way.

Cora Bellotto shows a strong character and creativeness in her final collection. The designs can often be worn in different ways.

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