“Gratia Plena” is one of my lifelong dreams, a desire that I have had in my heart ever since I chose to live in my own way, avoiding limitations and tackling whatever challenges that come my way in life, being a woman.
GRATIA PLENA is an exhibition that gives a voice to the soul of some of the most influential women of all time, authentic “warrior queens” celebrating them and holding them up as inspirations, because life must be lived to the fullest.
“You cannot rebuild the past, but you can imagine it.
And clothes will allow you to do that.”
Hosted in an evocative location, this itinerant exhibition takes you through the costumes I have designed and made by hand over many years, whilst studying the personality of many influent women in history. It is an allegorical journey around the feminine world and its legendary personalities: from Elizabeth I of England to Marie Antoinette, from Isabella of Castile to Caterina Cornaro, one of my favourites.
A pretext to a conversation about the creative energy of Woman, walking a fine line between history and legend, surrounded by unconventional scenography, and with a provocative nod to the academic world, because being in touch with the feminine means breaking moulds.
However GRATIA PLENA is dedicated above all to all women and to their silent work: to all of the women that make the world a better place every day by being real queens in spirit, facing everyday challenges, sometimes unaware of their real worth.
The feminine world is intrinsic to a particular sweetness, a grace (GRATIA in Latin) that always adds its own value.
It has a semblance of nurture and empathy towards the universe of which it is the mother.
The dream GRATIA PLENA as an exhibition and event, a happening, a personal view and an invitation for reflection on the feminine world was first inspired by QUEENESSENCE, an edition of my Ballo del Doge which was a grand homage to all of the Queens in history, mythology and fantasy.
Women can be centre stage, feel like the lead role in their story, feel confident of their skills follow their ambitions and search for balance with masculinity, breaking the stereotype of competition.
Queens are created, they are not born, this is the truth. My ambition is the catalyst for continuing my projects and overcoming difficulties, my spur to not give up, because in life nothing comes for free.
My current dream?
To merge the initiative and strength of the feminine and masculine world without limitations and gender boundaries
in order to make this project a reality!
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