UOMO, photography by Esteban Roca for HUF Magazine

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769504.

SILKNOW is a European project that claims silk in contemporary culture.
Technology is at the service of design, fashion and creative industries to open up the heritage of silk to innovation.

SILKNOW is a European project led by the Universitat de València that merges humanities and technology in order to study, conserve and disseminate silk heritage in Europe from the 15th to 19th centuries and its impact in culture, arts, design and current fashion trends.

European history is woven in silk. Silk trade was a vehicle of economic, industrial and cultural development of Europe. It transmitted designs, trends, fabrics, and, above all, knowledge and progress universally captured in just one piece. Since the 15th century, silk was something more than just a social code for fashion or design, it was a link of union between people, places and ideas. Today silk is alive in the current culture, art and fashion that are still are experimenting with the inheritance of this reclaimed heritage.

SILKNOW aims to become a useful resource for contemporary designers thanks to a technological and virtual application based on models, patterns and mise-en-carte of historical textiles.

The links between past and present, cultural heritage and innovation are reflected in the current fashion and designs trends. The Virtual Loom will become a valuable resource by weaving the silk heritage towards new materials and technological fabrics. 

In this editorial, we can see the silk now in male models trends: references to antique prints, baroque silhouettes, patchwork of different pieces of silk in outfits of Francis Montesinos, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Prada.

Photographer: Esteban Roca
Art direction: Alex Villar
Model: Matteo Cupelli @ FashionArt Management