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Antonio Marras Womenswear S/S11

Floral trench coats and 'bright stars' inspired Marras' Milan show

Milan fashion’s romantic mood continued with the show of Sardegna-based designer Antonio Marras, who quotes Jane Campion’s John Keats biopic “Bright Star” as his inspiration. Kept in the shades of burgundy, white and cream, the show unveiled a series of long dresses reminiscent of victorian nightgowns, fittingly complete with beading and scraps of antique lace. In keeping with film’s setting (England), Marras took one of the British wardrobe staples that is the trench, and customized it by removing sleeves and inserting floral print panels.


Dazed Digital: What was it about “Bright Star” that inspired you so much?

Antonio Marras: I love its atmosphere. There is a scene in the movie, in which Fanny and her sister free a butterfly. As you can guess, that really inspired our finale…


DD: Can you tell us more about the embroidery?

Antonio Marras: I bought a lot of vintage embroidered scraps for the aprons that you could see in the finale. You can’t reproduce, which means every piece in the collection is unique.


DD: It’s also your first collection that includes underwear.

Antonio Marras: Yes, we’re very excited about it! We just got a license to start our own lingerie and swimwear. The ones for summer were mainly inspired by the 1950s undergarments.


DD: What’s your favourite piece in the collection?

Antonio Marras: Oh, I can’t answer that question. It’s like asking a father to pick his favourite son!