World-renowned Spanish artist Domingo Zapata is partnering with fashion icon, stylist, and techno DJ Sita Abellan for an NFT collection featuring a series of 8888 pieces: iconic pandas in the Metaverse, of which Sita will personally hand-style 50, with her unique aesthetic attitude.
Sita has invited several of her notable friends including the likes of Balvin and Anitta to join the mint process, styling their own pandas, and we expect more of them to join. Each NFT will be available for purchase through an auction. Recently, it has been showcased at the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan, a place of influence and viral popularity.
Zapata has been involved in multiple fashion projects and in 2018, he collaborated with Pope Francis to create a mural in celebration of immigrants. Zapata has recently completed a 45-foot mural for the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York City; the largest mural at a Children’s Hospital ever painted.
How was the experience to work with an artist like Domingo Zapata?
It’s been exceptional! I’m so happy when I get the chance to work with such talented creative minds. I love the combination of art and fashion and how Domingo and I could find our own unique way of creating this mix.
What do you think about NFT’s in general? Is this our future?
I think it’s both the future and the present! It reminds me a bit of when Instagram and social media of web 2 started. Everybody was commenting that it was just a thing for kids and now we are here, the world and every aspect being influenced by those platforms. So this is why I say web 3 and NFTS are both the present and the future.
What fascinates you about the digital in general?
I’ve always been fascinated by one aspect in particular; the deletion of time and space. When I was younger I used social media to reach out from my small town to meet like minded creatives and now with web 3 and the new digital era I see this enhanced.
You have already, if I remember correctly, also styled the digital looks of the brand Auroboros, among others. What is the difference between “styling” in real life and in this digital sphere? Does it make you freer or is it more limiting?
It is different, you can’t touch the garments so that is limiting but on the other hand what I discovered especially with the Domingo Sita project is how powerful styling is in defining the identity of individuals and I find that aspect so cool.
The true art of styling: how would you describe it?
Strengthening the identity of a beautiful individual. In the process telling a story through clothes and curating how you or they dress.
What was your main inspiration for the styling here?
I’ve been working both on the garnements for the legendary pandas and there I just created the garments that would make them cool. As for celebrities, friends and family pandas it was a question of finding the pieces and style that could strongly identify with them. A good example of this is Anitta and J Balvin; their styles I had been working on in the real world for videos or events.
How would you describe the fusion between Domingo’s and your work? In what way were you two a perfect fusion?
It’s an experiment: merging fashion and art and it worked perfectly for this project. It just made organic and natural sense.
Sita, what’s next for you in the metaverse?
I wanna be a stylist in the metaverse and I’m embracing this journey 🙂
Picture courtesy of Domingo Zapata and Sita Abellán