The harmonisation of contrasts, a new reading of tradition and research are the defining concepts of ChiGlo, a project created by Chiara and Gloria Piscedda in 2014.
Their production is born as an endless game of refractions between elements which are apparently in contrast but which trace new style paths by finding a harmonic wholeness, in perfect balance between Sardinian tradition and the mindful attention to contemporary rhythms.
The alternation between different elements moves between the Piscedda twins’ personalities and the capabilities of Sardinia, an endless source of inspiration for ChiGlo and a backdrop for great contrasts.
Chiara and Gloria’s creative push is their shared passion to look for beauty, conjugated in products of high sartorial quality produced in the workshop where their mother has had her clothes tailored since they were little girls. This passion was the point of reference between two personalities standing apparently far from each other.
“Since we were children, it’s always been clear that our being apparently similar was speaking to – sometimes even clashing – some very deep differences. In the way we would observe what was around us, imagine, express ourselves. One thing, though, was bringing us together, and making our bond stronger by creating a wonderful world, only ours: the feelings we had when we went to the seamstress with our mother and the wish to be able to recreate what we watched enchanted. Repeating those gestures, transforming fabrics into clothes, becoming the creators of what seemed like magic. As years went by we took different paths but the desire to find a way to actualize our shared passion has always been present. At one point it pushed us to travel together, then, to be willing to learn and study. And, at the end, to be hungry for observation.”
The careful observation of the rapid changes of current aesthetic horizons and the study of the possibilities of expression given by innovative materials and techniques inspired the twins to give life to a path of research which took them back to Sardinia. The place where they first started.
“After spending so much time observing what was happening in lands far from where we were born and raised, we realized we could look at what we thought we knew with new eyes. We understood that it has a timeless strength. When dealing with traditional clothing, we talk about precise things: lines, shapes, fitting, creativity. We wanted to recreate them starting from our different ways to see them. And we thought we would make them “explode” in the variety of the intense shades of our landscape, just to reflect our differences, our being day and night.”
The world of colors, shapes, sounds and feelings that has been their horizon for a long time, especially for the elements which it keeps together, seemed like the perfect playground to develop their way to find each other in their shared passion for beauty and to create a real aesthetic universe.
The recurring element, starting from the logo and its concentric diamonds, is the geometry characteristic of traditional Sardinian clothing with its dry shapes and a light air tridimensionality. The peculiar lines of skirts, shirts, capes, scarves and coats find new life in Chiara and Gloria’s obsession for high quality fabrics and details through a palette of intense colors, strictly artisanal finishes and peculiarity in the finishings.
ChiGlo is minimalist folk, destructured and recontextualized so as to be worn in a cosmopolitan dimension, inhabited by a sophisticated woman who can express elegance in a highly personal way beyond the mainstream’s reassuring conventions.