Thursday, November 10, 2011

Turin, Living the Golden Age!

Da Milano a Torino: Un viaggio nel mondo del Made in Italy 

On my trip to Italy, I visited Turin as well!. From the national cinema museum to piazzas and castles, in this city everything is about culture and history. Turin, certainly is a true representative of the Italian heritage; so it shouldn’t be a surprise to understand why Franca Sozzani and Gabriella Pesucci, chose this city to create the greatest fashion exhibition in Italian history: Moda in Italia, 150 anni di eleganza.
The editor in chief of Italian Vogue, Franca Sozzani, and the costume designer, Gabriella Pescucci, were in charge of curating this extraordinary exhibition held at La Venaria Reale. Located about 8 km from Turin, this royal residence of beauty and charm, was chosen as the venue to narrate the Italian fashion history since 1861 till today.
Organized in 16 rooms, the exhibit guides you throughout a fantasy world of unique vintage dresses, which were worn by Italian icons and designed by skillful Italian designers. At the exhibit, the wide history of Italian fashion turns to be divided into several moments starting from the romanticism of Italian Unification , followed by the social life of the Età umbertina , the ecletic fashion of the Belle Epoque period, the Futurism of Italian artists, the simplicity of the 30’s, the bright ellegance of the New Look, and the development of the authentic Italian style since the 60’s till the present time. 

No pictures were allowed in the exhibition - however I couldn’t resist to secretly take some pictures. The first one is a beautiful and luxurious garment worn by la Regina Margherita, and of undeniable elegance. The second one is an incredible dress by Federico Forquet, a truly representative of the Italian creativity of the 70’s. Last but not least, I took a final picture, an image of the last room, which summarizes the fantastic experience of living 150 years of Italian fashion. The best years of Italian contemporary fashion were concentrated here, all around a memorable video and a runway show where mannequins were in charge of bringing to life the original creations of the best ones!

Torino, October 30, 2011

By Makami

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