The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 2nd Prize Winner
After winning The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 Mentorship with Orsola De Castro, Cora Bellotto launched her namesake sustainable womenswear fashion label, Cora Bellotto, in 2017. The brand has a preference for using natural fibres and organic fabrics, and when it is not possible to use 100% certified fabrics, zero-waste sustainable fashion design techniques are applied to minimise environmental impacts. In addition, within the brand’s main collection, a small capsule of unique pieces is dedicated to the up-cycling of vintage fabrics. Cora has a BA in Fashion & Textile Design from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), and a MA in Fashion Design from Domus Academy.
As a designer, I feel some kind of responsibility for what I do, like I am designing my ideal future world. I love it when the creativity comes from the constraints of something already in existence or damaged. - Cora Bellotto
EcoChic Design Award collection
For her the EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 collection, named "Love Endings", Cora was inspired by items that remain after heartbreaks and their potential to be part of new love stories through being given a new life. She combined up-cycling and reconstruction design techniques to secondhand wedding dresses, production offcuts and bed sheets, sourced from her own collection and her friends and family.