UNINVITED - MARCELO BURLON
“You can get where you want wherever you are, the main thing is to understand who you really are and what your likes and dislikes are.” Marcelo Burlon is a self-made man. He has gone up and down the slippery slope several times, always emerging with his head held high. Marcelo is unfiltered. He has never compromised but has created his own rules instead. And he has become an example of how an outcast can proudly get to be among the 500 most influential people in the fashion world according to The Business of Fashion. He is this and a lot more besides. His personal and professional lives intertwine inseparably in the documentary Uninvited – Marcelo Burlon, written by Andrea Batilla and directed by Mattia Colombo which will be shown at the Pitti Uomo 93 fashion show at the La Compagnia cinema in Florence.
Your journey has been multifaceted and, as regards your work as a designer, not always accepted or understood... what has all this meant to you? Do you think that in some way it helped to spur you to carry on? And do you really think that “in Italy, if you want, you can get where you want to be”?
You can get where you want wherever you are, the main thing is to understand who you really are and what your likes and dislikes are. I was not accepted immediately because I brought along something new, a way of communicating that was different from what they were used to in the world of fashion and communication. I was the first to start using social media to promote my events and then my brand, my story was studied at the Bocconi University and in other business and marketing schools, they have written around thirty dissertations on me and this is very nice but also strange. I get dozens of messages every day from kids who want make it big, who want to rock the world, but often they only think of the goal and not the journey. The journey is the more interesting part of one’s story, because it is there that one grows by way of the experiences one has, and then you might get to your final goal but the very essence is contained in that journey.
A talk with Marcelo Burlon
Andrea Batilla, screenwriter of the documentary, tells us about Marcelo Burlon
Thus does Andrea Batilla – journalist and screenwriter of the documentary Uninvited – Marcelo Burlon define the designer.
Almost two years in the making, Uninvited, directed by Mattia Colombo, tells of one of the more unusual and controversial figures in contemporary fashion, but it is also an across-the-board tale that, emerging from an individual story, encompasses broader themes that range from identity to social liberation, from the establishment of community to the sense of belonging and the celebration of diversity.
For the Pitti Uomo fashion show, the documentary will be shown on Thursday 11 January at 21.30 at the La Compagnia cinema in Florence. We asked Andrea Batilla to tell us more:
Yes, definitely. Perhaps it’s not as easy as in the United States but Marcelo’s story shows this to be true.