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 KALEIDOSCOPE ISSUE #34
(Spring/Summer ’19)
marking the tenth anniversary of the magazine, coming with a set of four collectible covers
now at Fondazione Sozzani Bookstore.

Among others it features an interview to the late H.R. GIGER by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Patrick Frey,
on how his work progressively shifted from abstract to figurative, from organic to apparatus
—culminating in his concept design for Alien,
which catapulted to fame his daunting vision on death, futurism
and the apotheosis of the woman.

The issue comes with “YUNG PALM,”
a special supplement created by
Harmony Korine in partnership with Gucci.

Posted on: Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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On the occasion of the exhibition
Charles James – The Couture Secrets of Shape 
edited, produced and presented by Rick Owens talk with
Michela Gattermayer, Elle Vice Director
Antonio Mancinelli
, Marie Claire Managing Editor
Dorothea Mink
, Fashion Design Professor, University of the Arts Bremen
to launch the book
edited by Homer Layne, James’ legendary assistant and Dorothea Mink
and published by Spector Books.

A pleasant afternoon testifying to an extraordinary creative method
and analyzing Charles James’ remarkable innovations,
revealing what made his designs so special
and how designers today applied his design principles to their work.

Posted on: Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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‘Gucci by Harmony Korine’
limited edition book distributed by IDEA Books 
now at Fondazione Sozzani Bookstore.

The ancient Roman towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii
become the set of a new limited edition photographic book shot by Harmony Korine.
The famed film director, artist and screenwriter
captured the Pre-Fall 2019 collection by Alessandro Michele.
In the images, models are snacking away in refined velvet tailoring,
richly decorated ready-to-wear pieces and 70s inspired accessories.
Chosen by Alessandro Michele as part of Gucci’s commitment
to promote artistic and cultural heritage across the world,
the collection appears among the frescos of the two Southern Italy locations,
both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Posted on: Friday, June 14th, 2019
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On the occasion of the exhibition
Charles James – The Couture Secrets of Shape 
edited, produced and presented by Rick Owens

 Talk with
Michela Gattermayer, Elle Vice Director
Antonio Mancinelli
, Marie Claire Managing Editor
Dorothea Mink
, Fashion Design Professor, University of the Arts Bremen
to launch the book
edited by
Homer Layne and Dorothea Mink
Published by Spector

Wednesday June 14th, 2019, 5.00 pm
Fondazione Sozzani

Posted on: Thursday, June 13th, 2019
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A charming evening last Monday at 10 Corso Como
with Elizabeth Day, to launch her last novel
Il Party” now first published in Italian by Neri Pozza.
Thanks to the elegant voice of the actress Valentina Cervi
with the precise questions by Malcom Pagani, Vanity Fair Vice Director,
it was a perfect party. Well, no murder though.

Posted on: Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
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The ACE, Accessories Council awarded
Carla Sozzani
with the 10 Corso Como Retail Innovation Prize,
Monday June 19th 2019, NYC.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
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Great exhibition opening last Saturday with Roger Ballen at the Fondazione Sozzani
signing his last monography “Ballenesque” published by Thames and Hudson.
To everybody the same question: Do you like Birds, Cats or Rats?
A surprising drawing signed by him as a result.
Thanks to Marguerite Rossouw
for her discrete presence and help during the installation.

Posted on: Sunday, June 9th, 2019
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Just ended up the press preview of the exhibition
The Body, the Mind, the Space”
at the Fondazione Sozzani with Roger Ballen t
alking with his deep, baritone voice, in front of the people.
Layers and layers to go deep in Ballen’s work
and to climb back up to the top, step after step.

Posted on: Friday, June 7th, 2019
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Edicola (Italian for news-stand) is an independent biannual limited edition book
dedicated to photography, art and fashion, their stories and their contemporary protagonists,
composed of contents created ad hoc, unpublished projects and research of artist’s books.

Starting from edicola Book 3 a short story introduces the issue
Overlapping Volcanoes by Chiara Barzini.

Book 3 presents Family, Space, Orange, Water, Journey
interpreted by fourteen photographers: Marili Andre, Ronni Campana, Alexis Christodoulou,
Pietro Cocco, Hubert Crabières, Kata Geibl, Weronika Ges̨Icka, Alex Huanfa Cheng,
Taisuke Koyama, David Luraschi, Richard Renaldi, Chen Ronghui, Timothy Schaumburg, Alba Zari.

Now at Fondazione Sozzani Bookshop.

Posted on: Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
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British-American designer Charles James (1906–78)
“America’s First Couturier,” is famed for the extraordinarily elegant evening gowns
he created in the 1930s through the 1950s for society ladies on both sides of the Atlantic.
From the beginning of his career, James also designed revolutionary unisex styles.
The famous eiderdown evening jacket, designed in 1937 for women,
was revived as a cult unisex design object in 1970s New York.
The eiderdown jacket and James’ other unisex designs share with his ball gowns a sculptural,
architectural presence and a rigorously cerebral design process grounded in science and mathematics.
James is regarded as a visionary thinker in the world of fashion,
introducing lasting innovations in both technique and methodology.

Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape
goes beyond the evening gowns,
focusing on some of James’ unisex designs and his life in the artist community at the Chelsea Hotel,
where he lived from 1964 until his death in 1978.
He remained restlessly creative in this period, his rooms at the Chelsea serving as a studio,
workshop, and archive. In 1973 he wrote The Charles James Approach to Structural Design;
this allowed a glimpse into his thinking at that time and is included in this publication in facsimile.
Edited by Homer Layne, James’ last assistant, and Professor Dorothea Mink,
with a preface by fashion designer Rick Owens,
this volume reveals a new facet of James’ groundbreaking body of work.

Now at Fondazione Sozzani Bookshop.

Posted on: Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
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