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Avenue Magazine - 2017

by IreneRasetti Admin |

Four Calgary fashion designers create a custom piece for Avenue.
When she was 20, the lure of a career as a fashion designer drew Irene Rasetti away from her hometown of Calgary to study at the famed Instituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy. After graduating, she worked at two luxury fashion houses, Gianfranco Ferré and Versace. At Versace she designed menswear for two and a half years. “My designer and fashion background taught me about how you put together a collection — the research, your mood board, your inspiration,” she says.
After moving back to Calgary, Rasetti thought she had left the fashion world behind, but, eventually, it lured her back again. In 2005, she opened Shisomiso, a womenswear boutique she operated for four years in the former Art Central building downtown.
Now Rasetti creates whimsical women’s fashion using silk-wool fabric that she bundle-dyes using plant materials. “The entire process of what I’m creating right now really is not only about making garments and things to sell, it’s actually quite healing and grounding, working with nature and being open to what I get,” she says. “I have to really let go.”

Here, Rasetti returns to her draping and pattern-making roots. “I’m my most uncomfortable in sewing and doing all the draping because I don’t do that as much anymore,” she says. “I want to create something that’s a little more interesting in terms of lines and free flow.”