The Heroine’s Journey of Federica Centore

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 
The unpredictability. It is always a challenge, I am never sure that a dress I am making will end being something beautiful or awful. Above all when I use up cycled materials. But I love also to try again and again until I am satisfied.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
A little sunny place with a view on a garden where I can work in peace, with no hurry, half of the day, and spend the other half with my daughter playing.
What is my greatest fear? 
My greatest fear is to end up in my hometown giving up my dreams and become one of those persons that discourage others.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 
That I lived under a big fear too much time.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? 
Tara Viggo, a professional pattern maker who is a Fashion Revolution activist and that through her website ( gives professional tips for who want to try it at home.
Christian Joy, a costume designer that has an unique language for making spectacular clothes. (
What is my greatest extravagance? 
People around me always told me I was extravagant for the way I dress, but I think my real extravagance is to not care about what people around me say.
On what occasion would I lie? 
I always tend to say what I think, so I think is for that I don’t have many friends 🙂
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 
The financial implications: get paid, thinking about a price, caring about my bank account, remember passwords. But ever single moment I spend in my studio I love it, even when is just to tidy up and do the cleaning.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? 
There have been a lot of happiest moments, the last one was some days ago when I received some moving words from a girl who bought a kimono designed by me.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
Something in my childhood that made me very insecure for a long time, I did giant steps but I would like to shut up for ever that voice that says: “you can’t”.
What is my greatest achievement in work? 
Believing I could have done it when everyone around me didn’t believe I could. And when customers come to me because they trust the way I make clothes for them.
Where would I most like to live?
I would like to live on the top of a mountain, but I think that for what I do is better a city. In Italy I think Turin, in Europe Paris or London, but I would really like to live also some years in Kyoto.
What is my most treasured possession?
A Japanese pattern journal from the 60’s and a vintage Obi that I bought in Nara, but I have a lot of little things collected into boxes that reminds me something beautiful. Usually twice a year I do these time capsule and after years I open them with all of these treasures hidden, some that I remember and some which have been forgotten.
What is my most marked characteristic?
I think optimism.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
A field where there is an abandoned house and a big oak tree, is near the river, and there is a secret spot where every spring wild Iris bloom. Actually there are often goats pasturing. So I share this beautiful place with goats.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
There are too many places, but I love Ice cream and there is an Ice cream parlour near the old tower of Formia that makes amazing granita and salted pistachio ice cream.
What books influenced my life and how?
The Dance of Reality by Alejandro Jodorowskj, because taught me that happiness is a good habit, and The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende, because is more than a fantasy book, is like a metaphysical journey with many symbols to recognise and translate in real life.
Who are my favorite writers?
Olga Tokarczuk, Yukio Mishima, Erich Fromm, Italo Calvino, Anais Nin, and Leo Lionni. Lionni I think is my favourite ever, because is the simplest.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
I would listen to And then so clear by Brian Eno or Just another diamond day by Vashti Bunyan.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 
Princess Mononoke. I like characters that fight hard for what they believe in. I think that is the most important lessons that fables give us.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
I don’t tend to have heroes, I would like to be my own hero, but sincerely I admire J.K.Rowling, because she started her dream having nothing but a lots of problems, and she wrote her saga having a baby, so every time I think to give up I think about her and go ahead.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? 
The Never Ending Story, because teaches to have dreams and whose don’t believe are easily tamed.
What role plays art in my life and work?
Important, and never enough, I am always researching, there are so many things to study, and I thing that having a large view on different arts it helps making a better version of your own creations.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? 
I started this adventure alone, with a one year old child, after a betrayal of some friends I used to work with. But since they have known me I had a unexpected and huge support by some other mothers, one of them also lend me her sewing machine for months since I didn’t have the money to buy one. I think that has been the best gesture ever made to me.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?
I would like to meet Robert Wun and Kevin Germanier who are my favourite contemporary fashion designers.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? 
I am preparing to take part at some sustainable fashion awards.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
I hope at Getredressed, but surely On my upcoming new website.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
I think is the path you make with lightness, something you do with effort but you don’t feel it.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
I suggest Mary Cinque, Livia Roscioli and Federica Foglia, even if they are all Italians unfortunately they all live abroad but are persons that live their art truly and have always been an inspiration to me.
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