IN STUDIO with Giglio Tigrato – ep. 3

IN STUDIO with Giglio Tigrato – ep. 3

Anna Frattini · 3 months ago · Style

For this third installment of IN STUDIO, we visited the studio of Carlotta Orlando, the founder and designer behind Giglio Tigrato, a project born out of a passion for upcycling and painting. When Carlotta created the Instagram profile @gigliotigrrrato, somewhat playfully, the idea was to personalize clothing and showcase a vintage selection. In October 2020, Giglio Tigrato officially came to life, initially focused on upcycling and more recently incorporating true Made in Italy sartorial collections. All garments are crafted from leftover fabrics, known as deadstock, in the case of Giglio, sourced from major fashion and luxury companies. The reuse of material extends not only to the garment itself, perhaps in need of revitalization, but also to the fabric proper. The Giglio team is expanding, and the project is gradually growing organically. The intention is not to leave behind the values that characterize Carlotta’s initial idea. Collaboration with Guerrillab for graphics and other small entities reinforces Giglio Tigrato’s mission to distance itself from the mainstream and not follow trends and micro-trends. Let’s explore the studio—or rather, atelier—where Carlotta and her all-female team work on collections, and more.

Who is Carlotta Orlando?

Born in 1998, Carlotta Orlando, also known as Ciotti, is the founder, designer, and creative director of Giglio Tigrato. After completing the Fashion Design course at the Polytechnic University of Milan and gaining some experience in Italian fashion houses, she decided to bring her neverland to life. Giglio Tigrato pays clear homage to the Tiger Lily princess from Peter Pan. Carlotta is the visionary behind this project that looks towards sustainability and envisions a more sustainable future for fashion, without compromise.

The Studio

We find ourselves in the Parco Sempione area of Milan, on the top floor of an elegant condominium. Carlotta welcomes us into her attic, which serves as both her studio and home. Amidst pieces from the collection neatly arranged on racks and cowboy hats scattered around the space, we sit down to converse with her. Surrounding us are all her memories and numerous sketches, threads of every color, and even a heat press—everything needed to bring a collection to life. In one corner, there are some scraps ready to be transformed into something new. Carlotta emphasizes the importance of sharing spaces with others, friends, and collaborators. However, it’s worth noting that the division between home and studio is clearly defined; her studio is intentionally conceived as a true atelier, a laboratory, distinctly separated from everyday life and personal space.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, and how does your role as Creative Director, Founder, and Designer of Giglio Tigrato unfold?

My passion for fashion design arose almost by chance at the Polytechnic University of Milan. It all started with a mistake. During university, I began to hear about sustainability, an approach I continued to follow even after my studies. In fact, Giglio Tigrato was born in October 2020, initially focused on upcycling and now complete with true Made in Italy sartorial collections. All made from leftover fabrics, the so-called deadstock. Sustainability, therefore, not only reflects in the soul of Giglio Tigrato but also in how I dress, travel, and eat. My research focuses on unique pieces, basic garments, and especially on layers to combine with other clothes we already have in the wardrobe. Along with my team, I strive to leave behind trends and micro-trends to create seasonless collections that do not adhere to the conventional fashion systems.

What materials and textures do you prefer?

I don’t particularly prefer any material. Usually, I start with what I find when designing Giglio’s collections. I draw and plan on whatever happens to be in my hands. Despite this approach, I prefer natural, recyclable fibers that are also more durable over time. By using deadstock from major companies, we also ensure superior quality. In general, I love animal prints and all patterns that allow playful and unconventional combinations.

What object cannot be missing in your studio?

Music. The right background that accompanies our work in the studio remains one of the most important things. Whether I’m alone in the atelier or not. Alternatively, we also listen to podcasts.

How do you relate to the studio? How do you experience/perceive it? Is it solely a workspace or also a communal space to meet friends or other designers or artists?

From the beginning, my view of the studio reflects that of the “neverland.” Not only because Giglio Tigrato is one of the characters from Peter Pan, but also because at its birth, during the pandemic, it was a real way to escape and do what makes me feel good. Today, the atelier also becomes a place where I love to gather many people. On occasions, we host true open ateliers: inviting those interested in the new collections, transforming this space into a place of sharing.

How long have you been in this studio? Are you attached, or do you have a more nomadic conception of the workplace? Would you leave tomorrow?

In this field, it’s very difficult to work while traveling or outside of your studio. The sewing machine is too cumbersome to transport, and that’s why, since the adventure of Giglio Tigrato began, I’ve felt more attached to Milan. This is my workspace, and despite spending many days away, it’s crucial to gather in a space to stay focused.

How do you build a collection? Where do you start? Can you tell us about your creative process?

I start with the material. For Giglio Tigrato and for me as an upcycling designer, it means reusing something that has been set aside. The search for fabrics or vintage garments is the beginning of my creative process. Afterward, we move on to drawing and research. In this sense, layers are fundamental in my way of envisioning collections. Then comes prototyping. We collaborate with a pattern maker in Milan who takes care of the initial prototypes, while a family-run tailoring business outside the city handles the collection. It’s about eighty pieces, so still a very small collection, but one that aims to grow.

What are you currently working on? What are your future projects?

For now, the goal is to further grow Giglio Tigrato. I’m considering opening a storefront, but along with my team, I would also like to start working on our first fashion show to present in early 2025. Linked to this, I would like to transition from two collections a year to one. Clearly, seasonless.

ph Credits Andrés Juan Suarez

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Has food truly conquered us?

Has food truly conquered us?

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Photography

Over the past year, the internet seems to be obsessed with food culture, fueling a trend that is now evident even in the world of visual culture. From the Tomato Girl Summer, which many mock retrospectively, to the foodie fashion girlies, Balenciaga’s collaboration with Erewhon, and the massive success of The Bear. Food appears to be experiencing a rebirth, but in the worlds of art, photography, and design, it has always been present. Is this just a passing trend, or is it the glorification of an element that has always been part of our lives?

Un’illustrazione di Maisy Summer

From Tomato Girl Summer to the pomegranate

It was only in 2020, with lockdown recipes—does anyone remember Dalgona Coffe?—that so much talk about food emerged. On TikTok, @wishbonekitchen made us dream by showing us her life as a private chef in the Hamptons this summer. Unforgettable were her Heirloom Tomato Gallette and the garden where she harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In 2023, it seems to have been the summer of food not only with the release of the second season of The Bear but also with Tomato Girl Summer. On the other hand, according to Danielle Cohen on The Cut, it now seems to be the time of the pomegranate.

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Thanks to its shape and the vivid red that characterizes it, this fruit is widely recognized as a symbol of fertility in many parts of the world. But not only that, we find the pomegranate in mythology, art history, and, according to Cohen, even in the Torah. In short, fruits and vegetables seem to be largely protagonists of this rebirth, so we have collected some works and photographs by artists and photographers we have talked about in the past and more.

Browsing through our archives, we remembered Michael Crichton‘s photos and his photographic series, Conceptual Food, as well as Dan Bannino, who many years ago narrated the eating habits of the powerful. But there is also Stephanie Sarley, an artist who, with fruit fingering, challenged the way the art world has represented the female reproductive organ throughout its history.

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Why it seems not to be just a passing trend

The success of food in visual culture can be attributed to its tangible communicative power. We see and experience the colors and textures of food daily, all evocative elements of memories that we have been collecting forever. In conclusion, we can only wonder which will be the next fruit to receive all this attention, already dedicated to tomatoes and pomegranates, even before avocados and bananas.

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Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Photography

29 ARTS IN PROGRESS recently showcased Michel Haddi: Beyond Fashion, a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Franco-Algerian photographer, marking his first solo exhibition in Milan. Starting from January 16, the second chapter of this exhibition opens, featuring unconventional shots infused with a street and urban soul. Additionally, there are elements of irony and sensuality that highlight Haddi’s complex personality.

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© Michel Haddi – Debbie Harry, British Vogue, London, 1994 | Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

In this second chapter, nude shots and unpublished works by Michel Haddi are presented, stemming from advertising campaigns he personally captured. The displayed photographs capture the spirit of their time, thanks to influential figures such as John Galliano or Patsy Kensit, who have played pivotal roles in the realms of fashion, cinema, and music.

Michel Haddi has the ability to portray his subjects with both irony and depth, and each of his shots tells a unique story. His life, marked by a turbulent start, has nevertheless propelled him to become one of the leading fashion photographers from the 1990s to the present day.

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Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography Contributors · 1 month ago · Photography

A few weeks ago, the Huxley-Parlour gallery in London announced the new exhibition by Joel Meyerowitz, which opened on January 17th. We couldn’t help but talk about him, the American photographer born in New York in 1938, famous for his street photography, and recognized as one of the pioneers of color photography. The London exhibition, titled “Dialogues,” highlights this aspect effectively. Pairs of photographs engage in a dialogue concerning light, color, and composition. The pairings are chosen to investigate the development of color in the artist’s work, set within non-hierarchical and unresolved compositions.

The exhibition in London

Meyerowitz’s imagery blends a distinctly American aesthetic with a meditative approach to color. Spanning from 1964 to 2011, the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour reveals Meyerowitz’s enduring interest in the sensory and evocative experiences of his surroundings. Paired with lesser-known images from the artist’s extensive archive, the exhibition features some of Meyerowitz’s most famous works, including his early street photography and images from his seminal series, Cape Light.

Joel Meyerowitz and the Color Revolution

Joel Meyerowitz is widely acknowledged as one of the first photographers, along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, to bring color photography from the periphery to the center of fine art photography. Historically, where black and white photography was considered a serious medium, color was widely viewed as technically inferior and aesthetically limited, relegated to advertising campaigns, television, and personal holiday photographs. In the London exhibition, it’s interesting to trace Meyerowitz’s shift from black and white to color. On display are works from “A Question of Color,” where Meyerowitz, carrying two cameras, paired black-and-white and color prints of nearly identical scenes.

Courtesy Joel Meyerowitz

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A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Photography

Not even a week ago, Alessia Glaviano – Head of Global PhotoVogue – a guest on our Spigola podcast, reminded us that it no longer matters whether you shoot with a camera or a smartphone. What matters is the intention behind the shot, not the means. We pondered deeply on this statement, and although there was initially some skepticism, we concluded that to take a true stance on the matter, we had to try it ourselves: capturing moments solely with a smartphone, but with the same attitude we would have had with a professional camera. Xiaomi provided us with the opportunity and the means.

Almost by chance, Xiaomi presented us with a challenge: to visit a distant place and attempt to capture its uniqueness using the brand-new Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G. And so began our journey, short but very intense, in Bangkok.

All the promises of this new device – which, along with four others, forms the new Redmi Note 13 Series, further enriching the brand’s Redmi Note lineup – were substantial. Starting from the battery, rechargeable to 100% in just 19 minutes with a lasting capacity of days (not hours), and of course, the camera system consisting of 3 cameras, including a main 200 MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a macro camera.

We decided to put Xiaomi to the test in every moment spent in the Thai capital. The first stop was at the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple, where the goal was to capture the colors of the mosaics and decorations.


Being one of the most touristy places in the city, we encountered many people who, like us, were fascinated by the architecture of these sacred places. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G came to our aid in this moment as well. The smartphone is equipped with AI-based editing tools that, among other things, allow us to remove people who accidentally end up in our shots. You know those photos you see on Instagram of tourist spots always empty? Now you can have them too, effortlessly!

But a city is not only visited during the day; often, it comes to life at night, illuminated by a myriad of different lights. In our case, the lights were those of the legendary tuk-tuks, indispensable in a trip to Bangkok. In this case, the challenge was formidable: darkness, colored lights, movement. All the ingredients for a challenging shot were present.


Not content with just the shot, we continued to play with AI tools and added a bit more movement, some stars, many stars.

When traveling, we know very well that we are not only captivated by architecture, landscape, and glimpses, but we also focus on the faces we encounter on the streets. However, we often don’t have much time to photograph them, sometimes because they move, other times because we are the ones on the move. That’s exactly what happened to us in the characteristic Thai markets, first and foremost the Floating Market.

Reviewing the photos on the return flight and at home with friends was like reliving the journey once again, leaving no detail behind.


In Bangkok, on the occasion of the launch of the new Redmi Note 13 Series, the brand also introduced the brand-new Redmi Watch 4 and Redmi Buds 5 Pro. Visit Xiaomi’s website to discover all the features of these devices.


Photos shot on Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G

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