Giorgia Tramontano

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Raised between Italy and Southern California, exposure to both classical and modern aesthetics inform the work of LA stylist and costume designer Giorgia Tramontano. A similarly pared-down, carefully-informed approach accompanies her outlook on working, living, and the place where the two intersect. We met her at home in Los Angeles to discuss objects of meaning, dinner party menus, and forthcoming projects.

 

Giorgia wears MARTYNA BUTTON UP 
Can you share more about how you ended up in Los Angeles?

I moved here from Milan with a desire for a more contemporary creative environment. In Italy the predominant paradigm is to look to the past instead of forward. Los Angeles represented freedom from tradition.
 
Can you share the schedule of a typical day in the life? If there is no “typical” day for you, what constants remain?

The constants are quickly shifting from one project to the next, then washing it all away at the end of the day with a really hot shower.
 
What’s the best story you’ve heard this month?

A friend relayed a conversation with a Tibetan Lama who told him “be your own mailman.”
 
What objects have been most significant to you lately?

My grandmother gave me a love letter that my grandfather wrote her before he passed away. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read.

Giorgia wears SAMARA SHIRT DRESS and ILIANA WRAP COAT

What was the best recent conversation you’ve had?

A discussion about the genius of Raf Simons after seeing “Dior & I.”
 
Please describe your last month in a word.

Whirlwind. 
 
What reliably makes you feel happy?

The color white.
 

What reliably stresses you out?

Clutter.
 
What do you make for a dinner party? Can you share the menu?

Seared scallops with yuzu, cilantro, and Japanese pepper.
 Shaved fennel, radish, and Persian cucumber salad dressed with olive oil, lemon, sumac, and pink pepper.
 Sgroppino, an Italian digestif made with lemon sorbet, vodka, and prosecco, garnished with mint.
 
What do you make for dinner alone? Can you share a recipe?

I tend to make one simple dish, usually a salad. A summer classic is a recipe from my Italian grandmother: frisee, celery, and cannelini beans dressed with lemon and olive oil.
 

Giorgia wears MINA LEATHER SKIRT

How do you remember to be intentional?

Methodical planning.
 
 "I’m fascinated by clothing as an extension of the cultural climate and as an expression of individuality within that context"
 
Can you share an as-of-yet unrealized project with us? Something you’ve been wanting to do/make but for whatever reason haven’t yet been able to do.

I’d like to transition into more long-form narrative projects. I’m fascinated by clothing as an extension of the cultural climate and as an expression of individuality within that context. I really enjoy historical and visual research and exploring a character's psychology to effectively communicate their identity through their wardrobe.  
 
A great artist gets inspiration from anywhere — what are some of the most unusual sources of inspiration for you?

I often turn to the form and structural elements in objects, furniture, and interiors for inspiration.
 

Giorgia wears VIDA OVERSIZED COAT

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve recently discovered?

I went to see Sharon Eyal’s dance company LEV. It was an extremely visceral performance with incredible costumes.
 
What are you serious about?

Minimalism.
 
What things will you never take seriously?

Berlusconi.
 

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 Photography by STELLA BERKOFSKY | Words by LEIGH PATTERSON