The Milan designer behind the unique, 3D dressmaking of Bombyx

The Milan designer behind the unique, 3D dressmaking of Bombyx

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Matteo Thiela

Fashion designer

Matteo Thiela boasts an impressive record of fashion-related work. Collaborating with the Frankfurt Ballet and Loro Piano, consulting for Carlo Tivioli and winning a fragrance project with Limoni to create his own perfume line, are just a few of his accomplishments. However, what attracted us to the Milan designer was not his panoply of fashion milestones, but rather his unique way of making three-dimensional dresses and accessories, patented as Bombyx. Unfortunately we were unable to catch a face-to-face interview with him in Milan, but were able to interview the innovative designer through email.

How did you get into fashion?

When I met conceptual fashion. 

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What is the purpose of your fashion?

To make people happy.

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In 2003, you created your own perfume! Tell me about this experience and how you choose the fragrance?

They offered money or perfume and I preferred the shit smell of money!

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You developed a unique way of designing three-dimensional dresses, called Bombyx. What is the process to develop these pieces and how did you come up with it?

It is the results of my wishes.

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What is one of your favorite self-designed pieces?

Always the last one I designed. 

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If you could describe your brand as a type of music, what would it be?

The sound of OM.

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If you could have any celebrity wear your pieces, who would you want it to be?

My mother.

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What helps you find inspiration for your designs?

My sickness.

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From all your accomplishments during fashion career, what moment are most proud of?

Almost every time I said NO.

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What can we expect from the Matteo Thiela brand in the next five years?

Shit and money.

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Want to find out more about Matteo Thiela? Check out his website and Ocotur

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