Pierre Antoine Vettorello’s work focuses on using textile design and garments as a base for storytelling. He creates sculptural and statement silhouettes embodying militancy, hostility and poetry. Some are inspired by machines of defense, objects of daily use, textiles and fabrics from West Africa, techniques gathered during travels and workshops. As a designer, he strives to include hand-made techniques and out-of-use objects in the making of garments and shapes in order to place them in the center of his work. As a human being and as a researcher, he is questioning our own relation towards our sartorial history and how we create myths around ‘designers’ in Western societies imitating colonial patterns. He identifies how we perceive and extract inspiration from the African continent and how we globally create borders between what is fashion and what is not.
Vettorello received the ASVOF Diane Pernet award in 2010 and Arise Award in 2011.
He is French & Ivorian, was born and raised in Bordeaux (France), now works and lives in Brussels (Belgium). He is a Ph.D. research fellow at the University of Antwerp and Sint Lucas Antwerp School of Arts.
( 01 )
January - March 2021
AAIR - Artist in Residence, Antwerp
Vettorello is currently conducting research on decolonial perspectives in textile and fashion, working on revealing alternative narratives and genealogies comprised and hidden in the Western history of fashion.
Palais de Tokyo, Adelaïde Fériot - Avaler l'horizon, Paris
Collaboration with visual artist Adélaïde Fériot on a collection of hand-printed garments for performances.
September 2018 - February 2019
Etnografiska Museet, Stockholm
Part of the exhibition "Feathers" at the Etnografiska Museet in Stockholm.
( 02 )
KdG Sint Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp
Advanced Masters in Artistic Research within a Social & Political Context.
Academy of Fine Arts, Fashion dpt., Antwerp
Masters & Bachelor in Fashion Design.
ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres, Paris
Certification in Textile Design.
( 03 )
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels
Teacher of fashion and textile design applications, project monitoring at the Executive Masters in Knitting Design program.
Oxbridge Academic Programs, Paris
Teacher of fashion design, history of fashion and fashion criticism to grades 9-12 major and minor programs. Focus on Parisian Fashion.
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A conversation with Diana Bamimeke and Rima Hamid - Black Pride Ireland
Vettorello, Pierre Antoine. A conversation with Diana Bamimeke and Rima Hamid, Advanced Master of Research in Art and Design, special issue of TYPP. Antwerp: Yellow Press. 2021, pp. 35-42