Vollrath is in constant contact with representatives of the independent art scene. Her work is in fact more than clothing, as what she creates can be defined as three-dimensional drawings, human sculptures, or simply her form of artistic expression. Vollrath's designs feature couture and fashion in the shape of objects of art, merging history with sculptural, avant-garde, and futuristic styles. Her signature lies in abstract pieces, yet still able to caress the female figure. Her collection Animal Requiem, couture handcrafted to perfection, sways between upcycling and high-tech, with thick wool fabrics alternated with eye-catching prints and graphic patterns on a wide range of materials, including leather, silk, cotton gauze and tulle.
Pecora NERA is an accessories label founded by Mariagrazia Merola. Its range includes bags, purses, belts and necklaces, all recycled and upcycled by hand. Each piece is unique, made of rubber that is selected, washed and dried sustainably, then designed and moulded into customised designs.
Mariagrazia Merola graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli 2007. She currently works at the Cooperativa Sociale Effeto Rete, which she co-founded, and is the design brain behind the label Pecora NERA founded in 2012.
Photography by Petra Fantozzi