Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sofia Bianchi studied Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni which gave her the incredible opportunity to live in three of the most emblematic cities in the fashion industry: Milan, Paris and London, providing her a wide multicultural background. Starting in 2020, her collections bring a series of authentic yet refined aesthetics, inspired by her personal experiences, visual arts and of course, the women’s body.
She is a multidisciplinary designer who uses mixed media to create womenswear pieces. Her designs are contemporary and eclectic, she innovates by taking performance attributes to create fashion pieces. The drapes are made even on her own body to create the different effects on the fabric, converting the stretching, pulling and twisting silhouettes into the uniqueness of her designs.
GET TO KNOW HER WITH THESE 5 QUESTIONS:
1. What was your upbringing?
Since I was a kid, I was always attracted and connected to art, music, fashion and dance. I grew up completely enamored with fashion, especially with my mom's wardrobe. In my free time, I used to be the kind of girl that could spend hours drawing, dressing up, writing, playing the guitar, creating my own choreographies.
2. Do you always wanted to be a fashion designer?
I started Law, but after two years I realized it wasn’t for me. Something in me knew that it wasn’t the right path. Then, I came to London for a Fashion Design course at Central Saint Martins and that experience awakened my creative side and made me understand that Fashion Design is more than creating a garment. Fashion is creating a story. I was convinced that this was what I wanted to pursue, so, in 2017 I moved to Milan, Italy, to start a BA in Fashion Design and this is when the journey began.
3. Who is the person or artist that influenced your style the most?
Yes, Analia Sirabonian is one of them. She is an Argentinian designer, teacher and multidisciplinary artist that helped me a lot in my creative path by mentoring me from the beginning; definitely her vision of fashion influenced me a lot. Also artists and designers like Hussein Cahalayan, Stella McCartney, Emilio Pucci, Yayoi Kusama, Lucy Hardcastle, Ernesto Neto.
4. Why the skin and fabric, body and garment relationship is important to you?
The elasticity, the movement and the organic, is what represents my work. Everything I design portraits a reflection of the body. To allow elasticity, I create garments that adapt to the body creating ease of movement and a second skin feeling. The stretchiness of the materials shapes the body, allowing our natural shape to stand, they mold and adapt to the form of the volume that is inside. And that's where the relationship between the body and garments comes from, our bodies are resistant and elastic just like my pieces.
5. How would you describe your personal style?
Minimal, elegant, comfortable and edgy. I am very chameleonic and I change my style all the time. I would say that sometimes my style varies depending on my mood.