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Azelia, textile restorer and classically trained dancer.  After studying at the Art Institute and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, she found her way into textile restoration, where she works to preserve and restore damaged fabrics.

What’s your name?

What’s your job?
I’m a textile restorer.

What does that mean?
We try to restore antique textiles, and in the meantime we preserve them.

What are you doing here?
Here we’ve had some problems with fabric conservation in these pattern books, which need to be restored before they can be used, so we’ve preserved these antique materials.

How do you start your day?
I get up in the morning, I get Guendalina, my red Vespa, and I go to work with tons of bags…needle, thread, tweezers…I spend the day at work, and then I go home.

What are the tools of your trade?
All you need are some tweezers, a little palette knife, and this book, which contains all the dyes done in the lab, on silk, cotton, wool…

How did you get started in this career?
My parents made go to the Art Institute, and after that I decided to something artistic, so I went to school for restoration at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure.

Do you listen to music at work?
When I’m working, the music is playing, either the radio or maybe de Andre, or even contemporary stuff.

What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book is Perfume.

What’s your favorite textile?
Silk taffeta because it’s delicate to the touch and it reflects light in a particular way.

What kind of music do you like?
Classical music. Because I listened to it for 20 years. Otherwise…????????

Before working here, what were you doing?
I was a classical dancer for 21 years.

What did you like most about dancing?
Aside from the stunning costumes, I loved the movement of my foot in pointe shoes.

What does fashion mean to you?
It seems banal, but fashion repeats itself. Plissé pleats are really trendy now, but they were also in style in the 1920s.

What would you do if aliens attacked?
Grab a knife!

What makes a good restorer?
A good restorer is someone who can make do.