Light in nature creates movement in the mind. The London light has been and is inspiration to painters, and poets, and singers with songs – for me this evening it is the best welcome to the exhibition at V&A “Glamour of Italian Fashion ” from the Second World War to the present. Being Italian and being in fashion for now 46 years I have great memories of Roman Haute Couture, Florence and the birth of ready to wear, Milano”s first “star” designers, and the fashions of today. How I wish that Italy had a Fashion Museum !

Emilio Pucci is a strong part of the foundation of contemporary italian fashion. His informal clothing and colorful prints of exquisite taste, brought back great memories for my sister and myself. We used to wear only Pucci in the late 60’s. Here, an Emilio Pucci beach tunic and shorts, 1951.

The colorful textile, a signature of the designer, called “Azteco”.


He was a personal friend, and a master of the art of fashion in all its aspects. To see only one dress here was a little disappointing. Thanks to Walter Albini, Italian ready to wear made big steps in the markets; not only did he start the shows in Milano, he made Italian fashion international.

He deserves a bow.


After many years of not seeing Sybilla, to catch up with her this week has been a wonderful jump into the past and a bigger jump into the future.

She has left such a strong mark on the fashion of the 80’s,

I really cannot wait to see her new creations.


We had the opening of the exhibition of Charlotte Perriand here at the Galleria on Saturday. The links between her photography work and her furniture works are a pleasure to see, and also to reflect on the beauty and creativity of this extraordinary woman and her amazing life. With trips to Japan, mountain walks with Fernand Lèger, collaborative works with Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jean Prouvé – how wonderful to have this record. Here, “Fish bone”,1933


A picture of Le Corbusier, taken in 1933 by Charlotte Perriand

on the “Patris II” between Marseilles and Athens. She worked at

Le Corbusier’s studio where she was in charge of the interior works.


This month there is a beautiful exhibition in Milano of Piero Manzoni, whose work anticipated the generation of Italian artists known as the “Arte Povera” movement. Manzoni’s “ 8 tables of assessment”, 1958-1960 were printed in 1962, as a limited edition of 60 in a complete set of eight photolithographs, all signed and numbered, and published by Vanni Scheiwiller editions, Milano.


Of course, the actual contents of the can of “Artist’s Shit” is unknowable without destroying the object! Manzoni made 90 boxes of 30 gr each of “artist’s shit”, shown in 1961, with a price based on the current value of gold then. Today the Manzoni Foundation has re-issued a numbered edition of 9000, the contents still unknown. They can be found at the Palazzo Reale where the exhibition is held, and also here in our bookshop.

Posted on: Sunday, April 6th, 2014

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