‘La moda è una cosa seria’ (Gianna Manzini, 1935)

rmis_a_973151_f0001_ocAnd who could doubt it, especially after reading the latest issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies (2015, vol.20, no.1) devoted to ‘Italian Fashion: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’? Fashion brings together Futurism and Fascism, designers and industrial magnates, the Renaissance and La Rinascente, craft skills and Chinese creativity. These encounters, some on display in magazines such as Lei (1933-1938), are described in engaging detail by the contributors. [Should you need a unisex suggestion for a stylish patriotic outfit to wear during the festivities, check the picture here and settle for that black velvet jacket topped by a hat with a feather]. Selected articles from this issue are currently available for free access online.

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