With a background in applied arts, her approach to fashion is 3D-based and material driven. Prior to enrolling at the Academy she studied at an arts high school in Turin, in the north of Italy, where she focused on sculpture before later discovering fashion.
“In the end, there was no show to not be in!”
Pre-lockdown, Galfré explains how her class had completed the well-known Academy project whereby each student chooses a historical ‘costume of the world’ which they replicate from research. Giorgia chose the antiquated Taboo Goblin costumes of the Papua New Guinea tribes, as discovered and documented by explorer Frank Hurley in 1921. Her replica mirrored the tall steeple-like structure of the costume, measuring an impressive 4 metres in height and composed entirely of hand-woven straw. Despite later winning the praise of Walter Van Beirendonck, Galfré was initially advised to choose a different costume as a starting point, as the height of the piece would render it unsafe for the graduate runway show. Undeterred by the potential loss of opportunity, Galfré pursued with the costume, on reflection, she laughs, while pointing out that “In the end, there was no show to not be in!” With the traditional fashion show format in the lurch in the wake of the pandemic, Galfré experience is a powerful example of the ways in which traditional confines of the runway show can limit designers; even in the earliest and arguably most creative stage of their careers.
The highs and lows of a final year fashion student’s daily existence are often in a polar state of flux, and in the jaws of a pandemic one can only imagine the mental challenges faced by students who were suddenly forced to work from home. This bleak reality conjured chaotic images on social media over lockdown, with students pattern cutting at the kitchen table and textile dying in the bathroom. Maintaining boundaries between work and home life is rarely the forte of any fashion designer, graduate, or student, for Galfré and her classmates this prospect was near impossible.