ITS CREATIVE ARCHIVE: a protected reserve for talents.
For over eleven years now EVE has been supporting young talents from all over the world. This has resulted in the collection of an impressive amount of remarkable material. In 11 editions ITS has received over 9 tons of portfolios. Some of these are real pieces of art with very elaborate covers made with great handicraft skills, while others are very simple. But every single one of them describes the effort to translate thoughts and emotions into something tangible. That is why we regard them with enormous respect. It's like stepping into someone's dreams. There are images and photos that inspired the concept, samples of fabrics and materials, sketches and technical drawings where all of these bits and pieces come together and take shape...we consider it a precious treasure. We have more than 11,000 portfolios, coming from over 80 countries.
And we also collect the next step of the creative process. We have the actual outfits and accessories, the physical, tangible translation of those dreams. Pieces that are not there merely to cover and decorate, but to make a statement, they exist to re-enforce and give purpose to creativity and talent. So we have both the roots, the motivations and the final results. The piece of art, and the detailed complete process to achieve it. Until now we have collected about 11,000 projects, 181 outfits, over 120 between accessories (bags, shoes, bodypieces and hats) and jewelry pieces and more than 700 photos. But this number is due to increase by roughly 50 pieces every year. Every new edition of ITS brings the finalists of the competitions to Trieste and each one of them leaves us a sample of his/her creativity. Photography has its own dedicated section. Our Archive showcases a special photogallery displaying projects that have arrived from all over the world. They represent several areas of photography and just like the outfits and accessories, they are the translation of young talents' dreams.
With the opening of the Jewelry section, we have increased the collection in this particular field, thanks to a dedicated competition. All this as a whole is an amazing resource, a unique Creative Archive. Something that not only collects and showcases examples of global creativity, but also something that can be used as a source of inspiration for new creative processes. Our archive is alive, our archive is meant to grow and embrace more and more forms of art. We want to help set creativity in motion, we want to develop a continuous pattern, connecting what has been created to what will be created. Endlessly.
In a proper "attic of memories" lie these treasures, on display in our attic offices. As if Alice had crawled through the looking glass into a Victorian museum storage room, this is a place where time seems to stand still, where refurbished antiques and curiosities are strewn around in wonderfully chaotic order. All this is possible thanks to our beloved finalists. It must be very hard for them to give us a piece of their work. Seeing all the effort and energy they put into their creations, we can imagine that for them it is like giving up a piece of their heart. But it is a very precious thing indeed. And it's all worth it, since we will do everything we can to protect their work from oblivion, by beautifully showcasing it to the right people, giving their work the artistic dignity and visibility it deserves. We want the archive to become a precious resource for fashion houses, we want it to travel around the world by organising exhibitions in renowned galleries and museums...we want it to be viewed by as many people as possible! We would like to truly thank each finalist for their contribution to the CREATIVE ARCHIVE!
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