Yesterday's News

PHOTOGRAPHY_ JASON THOMAS GEERING

STYLING_ BRYNN HEMINWAY

Melissa Riva breathes new life into old narratives. Every fold, every line tells a story, as yesterday’s news is reborn, into a wearable art form that challenges the transience of fashion and echoes the enduring power of timeless tales.

Yesterday's News

Featured Designer_ Melissa Riva

Where are you based_ Bergamo, Italy

Age_ 24

Where did you study_ NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano

What year did you graduate_ 2021

When did you first start employing the process of upcycling in your work_

When we were in lockdown due to COVID-19 and I had to create a collection from scratch, I used what I had at home.

What materials do you use in your work_

Very different pieces of fabric, paper, crinoline, various cotton or wool yarns.

How does the process of upcycling inform/influence your work_

I like the idea of ​​giving new life to material that is no longer used, creating innovative and interesting textiles.

What role does the process of upcycling play in the fashion industry today? What about in the future? How do you see the craft evolving_

I believe that fashion is evolving more and more. Maybe it happened too late but in recent years fashion is trying to change, it is much more sensitive in terms of upcycling. I’m optimistic.

What is the role of the designer in these times_

Bringing others into a different dimension than usual, transmitting something even for a single moment. Send a message, say, raise awareness on certain topics. Realize your vision to give it to others.

What advice would you give other young designers_

It’s essential to always listen within ourselves, we are a gift.

What’s up next for you

I don't know honestly, I think about the present because it makes me happy.

— Melissa Riva lives and works in Bergamo, Italy. / @meli.riva

MADELINE WEARS_ MOCK TURTLENECK_ STYLIST’S ARCHIVE / ‘NEWSPAPER PANT’_ NEWSPRINT AND ORGANZA_ MELISSA RIVA_ 2021 / BOOTS_ ALBRIGHT FASHION LIBRARY

“I believe the role of the designer is to bring others into a different dimension, to transmit something new, even for a single moment.” — Melissa Riva

Yesterday's News

MODEL_ MADELINE WRIGHT

HAIR_ ADAM MARKARIAN

CASTING_ STUDIO AT LARGE

STYLING ASSISTANT_ EMILY STONE

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