Some copies from past – Spring Summer 2020

Spring Summer 2020. Guardando le sfilate mi sono accorto di dettagli che spaziano dal trucco alle calzature. Dettagli che sono spesso brutte copie di cose passati. Spesso in molti dimenticano le mode trascorse, così giornalisti e pubblico pensano si tratti di elementi frutto di creatività e innovazione. Vediamone alcuni.

Spring Summer 2020. Looking at the fashion shows I noticed details ranging from make-up to footwear. Details that are often bad copies of past things. Often many people forget the fashions passed, so journalists and the public think that these elements are that are the result of creativity and innovation. Sometimes, often, it is better the original. Let’s see three of them.

Style should celebrate individuality through the Twiggy’s make-up of the 60s, with the intention of emphasis the look, asserts Gucci Beauty. We are at Milan Fashion Week
and the models come on stage with bleach eyebrows covered with thick and dark artificial eyelashes. I personally believe that sometimes it would be better just copying from the past, avoiding slipping in a result lacking in sense, research. What do you think? In my comparison, on the left Gucci (ph Vogue Italia), in the right Twiggy in the 60s.

In my comparison Sharon Tate 1968 vs Mugler at his Paris Fashion Week SS 2020.
The unkempt eyebrows and fixed towards the other are not new. Ps: not even the eyeliner line is new, Chanel had already done it.

Pierre Cardin sequin gown, 1965 and Pierre Balmain on runway in Milan, 27/09/2019 for his ss 2020, ph Vogue Italia. Different dresses, same mood.

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche 1976-77 and Celine prêt-à-porter ss 2020

Boots with a particular design, which have the heel taken from the red “Delman” shoes, preserved at the Met Museum and dated 1937 – 1939. The upper part is instead a mix between the cuissardes of Roger Vivier, 1967, and the creations of André Courreges, in the photo year 1970.

A little curiosity, which has nothing to do with the above. In June I made two sketches for a project, revisiting some constriction shirts for the characters, based on their oppressed identities. What a surprise yesterday, to see that Gucci developed the same concept. On the left, my figures on the right, the images of Vogue Italia from Spring Summer 2020

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An Actress, a Prince, a car crash

«Nell’estate del 1931 il principe più bello d’Europa, Umberto II di Savoia, fu oggetto di scandalose cronache che raccontavano di un presunto idillio tra il giovane, che si era sposato solo diciotto mesi prima, e la bellissima attrice hollywoodiana Jeanette MacDonald, giunta in Riviera per una vacanza. Il giorno in cui si sarebbe dovuta separare da Umberto, lei era seduta in macchina e lui era alla guida, l’automobile slittò sull’asfalto bagnato facendo sbalzare fuori dall’abitacolo i due. Il volto dell’attrice ne rimase sfigurato, per ricucirle il cuoio capelluto i chirurghi dovettero raderle la bionda chioma. Disperata Jeanette si fece aiutare dal banchiere Maurice Garfunkel che la affidò ai migliori specialisti di New York. La diva sfigurata fu restituita prontamente a Hollywood grazie a un abile intervento di chirurgia plastica.»

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«In the summer of 1931 the most beautiful prince of Europe, Umberto II of Savoy, was the object of scandalous chronicles that told of an alleged idyll between the young man, who had married only eighteen months before, and the beautiful Hollywood actress Jeanette MacDonald, come to the Riviera for holydays. The day she was supposed to leave Umberto, she was sitting in the car and he was driving, the car skidded on the wet asphalt, knocking the two out of the cockpit. The actress’s face was disfigured, and to round her scalp the surgeons had to shave her blonde hair. Desperate, Jeanette was helped by the banker Maurice Garfunkel who entrusted her to the best specialists in New York. The disfigured diva was promptly returned to Hollywood thanks to a skilful plastic surgery.»

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Italiani all’estero, i diari raccontano – Italians abroad, stories from their diaries – My Styling

È stato presentato in Farnesina – Roma – l’11 giugno 2019 il lavoro prodotto per conto del Ministero degli Affari Esteri che mi ha visto collaborare nella ricerca e selezione dei costumi in qualità di power dresses e stylist. Il video, realizzato da Imaginapulia, (foto backstage attore Livio Berardi) descrive con pathos i percorsi esistenziali di quanti tra fine ‘800 e ‘900 hanno abbandonato l’Italia per trasferirsi all’estero.

Riaffiorano così dagli autentici diari di queste persone – custoditi nella Fondazione Archivio Diaristico Nazionale di Pieve Santo Stefano (AR).  – racconti e storie di vita che ci immergono in paure, aspettative appagate o disattese, fatica, senso di inadeguatezza e disagio, disperazione, voglia di tornare.

Nel video, oltre ai costumi, anche oggetti provenienti dal passato che ho appositamente selezionato dal mio archivio, tra questi scarpine anni ’30 per bimba in vernice nera, occhialini inizi ‘900, foulard e occhiali da sole per donna dagli anni ’50. Un pettine da viaggio, oggetti che rievocano in modo segnico quanto contenuto nei racconti di chi è partito all’estero nella speranza di una vita migliore.

The work produced on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was presented in the Farnesina – Rome – on 11 June 2019, which saw me collaborating in the research and selection of costumes as power dresses and stylists. The video, made by Imaginapulia (backstage photo actor Livio Berardi) describes with pathos the existential paths of those between the end of the 1800s and the 1900s who left Italy to move abroad. Thus resurface from the authentic diaries of these people – kept in the National Archive Diary Foundation of Pieve Santo Stefano (AR) – describe stories and life stories that plunge us into fears, fulfilled or unfulfilled expectations, fatigue, a sense of inadequacy and unease, desperation, desire to come back.In the video, in addition to the costumes, there are also items from the past that I have specially selected from my archive, including little shoes from the 30s for girls in black patent leather, glasses from the early 1900s, scarves and sunglasses for women from the 50s. A travel comb, objects that symbolically recall what is contained in the stories of those who went abroad in the hope of a better life.


Nazi Men Aesthetic | Bellezza Maschile nel Terzo Reich

L’oscura voragine entro cui sprofondò l’ideologia nazista fu contraddistinta da una singolare antinomia che vide il trionfo di un’ossessiva ricerca della perfezione estetica alternarsi a una morale scellerata. All’animo turpe di molti soldati del Terzo Reich corrispondeva un’apparente contraddittoria bellezza fisica, quasi come fosse necessaria a purificare la crudeltà dei loro pensieri. Attraverso questa serie di immagini la mia ricerca esibisce lo splendore del male e il travestimento del ripugnante, che generano una euritmia spaventosa.

The obscure chasm in which the Nazi ideology collapsed was marked by a singular antinomy that saw the triumph of an obsessive pursuit of aesthetic perfection alternating with a nefarious morality. To the turbulent mind of many soldiers of the Third Reich corresponded an apparent contradictory physical beauty, almost as if it were necessary to purify the cruelty of their thoughts. Through this series of images my research exhibits the splendor of evil and the disguise of the repugnant, which generates a frightening eurythmy.

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© SS young pretty soldier. Beautiful innocent face, in contrast with the skull on the hat


© Hans Joachim MarseilleHansJoachim Walter Rudolf Siegfried Marseille was a German fighter pilot during World War II. A flying ace, he is noted for his aerial battles during the North African Campaign. Marseille claimed all but seven of his 158 victories against the British Desert Air Force over North Africa

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© Early in his career, he was transferred from JG-52 by his commander, the famous Johannes “Macky” Steinhoff who said, “Marseille was remarkably handsome”

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© Hans-Joachim Marseille in North Africa

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Group of nazi soldiers

Young Waffen-SS soldie

Young Waffen-SS soldier

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© Poul, Soren and Erik: The Kam brothers.
They volunteered and fought in the 5th SS division, Wiking

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© Soren Kam. Soren was the CO of the Schalburg corps, a Danish element of the SS, was alleged to have been involved in the theft of the Jewish birth records in Denmark, so they could be efficiently deported/exterminated, recipient of the Knights Cross and was #5 on the Jews most wanted list before his death

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© Ludwig Kepplinger (31 December 1911 — 26 August 1944) was a Sturmbannführer (Major), in the Waffen-SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross


Joachim Peiper


Captured German soldiers by Canadian soldiers 1943 c.


Erich “Schmidtchen” Schmidt (


During the battle – 1943

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© Sweet and Beautiful junior army officer

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© Look as a 90s JPG model. Kriegsmarine/German Sailor

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© Helmut Oberlander (born 15 February 1924) is a former Canadian citizen who was a member of the Einsatzgruppen death squads of Nazi Germany in the occupied Soviet Union during World War II. Oberlander is on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most wanted Nazi war criminals

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© Gerhard “Gerd” Barkhorn (20 March 1919 – 8 January 1983) was the second most successful fighter ace of all time after fellow Luftwaffe pilot Erich Hartmann, the two people to ever exceed 300 confirmed victories


from Nazi Marine

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© SS Untersturmführer Havvo Lübbe 1942

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From Music to Fashion: 10 look che sono passati dalla Musica alla Moda

Un vestito in lurex, una cresta decolorata, un trucco esasperato spesso divengono alla moda per il fatto di averli visti sfoggiare da un cantante di successo. Icone rock, pop, persino provenienti dal mondo della lirica lanciano da decenni stili e tendenze adottate poi dal pubblico e talvolta rielaborate, anche a distanza di anni, da grandi nomi della moda. Di seguito ho analizzato per voi 10 look che – in ordine cronologico – raccontano questo straordinario passaggio da una dimensione all’altra.

A lurex dress, a wierd coloured hairstyle, an exasperated make-up often become fashionable due to having seen them show off by a successful singer. Rock and pop icons, even from the world of opera, have been launching for decades styles and trends adopted by the public and sometimes reworked, even after many years, by big names in fashion. Below I have analyzed for you 10 looks that – in chronological order – talks about this extraordinary passage from one dimension to another.

  1. La generazione dei “Belli e Dannati” degli anni ’50 ha tra le proprie icone musicali Elvis Presley, il quale ha ispirato altri cantanti per la scelta del proprio hairstyle, oltre che numerosi stilisti per i capi proposti in passerella. — “Bad Boys” generation from 50s: Elvis Presley’s hairstyle is so fashionable for the hipster generation.

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Elvis con la sua storica acconciatura

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Il cantante del gruppo The Kolors, 2015


Roberto Cavalli ss 2013


Elvis indossa un completo  in pelle nera

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Roberto Cavalli ss 2014


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Saint Laurent ss 2012



2. I costumi realizzati da Piero Tosi per la produzione cinematografica “Medea”, diretta dal poeta Pier Paolo Pasolini nel 1969, che scelse il soprano Maria Callas per il personaggio di Euripide.

Piero Tosi costumes for “Medea” movie, with soprano star Maria Callas, and Valentino collecton from ss 2014

New Maria Callas Medea Pier Paolo Pasolini

Medea e Giasone

Rivive l’Antica Grecia negli abiti disegnati da Maria Grazia Chiuri e Pierpaolo Piccioli per la collezione Primavera Estate 2014 di Valentino.

Costume designed by Piero Tosi for Maria Callas in Medea (1969)

Costume di Scena



Valentino by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli Spring Summer 2014 vogue italia steven meisel

Valentino ss 2014 – Vogue Italia- Ph Steven Meisel


3. L’iconico hairstyle indossato da Paul McCartney durante la seconda metà degli anni ’60 fu ripreso nel 1994 dalla band britannica Oasis oltre che da Calvin Klein per la sua campagna pubblicitaria del profumo Ck One, 1995 e 1998.

Paul McCarteny 60s hairstyle and Oasis mid 90s (togheter with cK adv) 

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© Iconic Haistyle from 60s to 90s


4. La cantante francese Francoise Hardy negli anni ’60 indossò un abito in tasselli metallici firmato Paco Rabanne. Lo stesso concetto è stato riproposto da numeri stilisti, in primis proprio da Rabanne che ne ha fatto un suo tratto distintivo. Nella foto un’immagine dalla sua sfilata ss 1997.

The French singer Francoise Hardy in the ’60s wore a dress in metal dowels signed Paco Rabanne. The same concept has been repeated by stylists, first of all by Rabanne who has made a distinctive trait. In the picture an image from his fashion show – SS 1997.


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5. Patty Pravo e la storica acconciatura cotonata alla moda nel 1968. Ciclicamente riproposta tra gli altri anche da Dior nel 2008, abbinata al medesimo Make-Up e stile vestimentario.

Iconic italian singer Patty Pravo during 1968 and same style from Dior 2008

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© Patty Pravo vs Dior ©


6. Gli anni ’70 con la loro musica si legano alla moda indissolubilmente. Dal Glam al Punk sino alla Disco ogni subcultura generò mode che nel tempo sono state soventemente rielaborate. Nella celebre discoteca Studio 54 fu trendy indossare abiti firmati Halston. Il brand ha fatto di quei volumi il proprio marchio di riconoscimento, confermandosi come un classico nella storia della moda.

70s disco music is inextricably linked to fashion. From Glam to the Punk till the Disco each subculture generated fashions that always comes back in fashion trend. In the famous Studio 54 disco it was trendy to wear Halston designer clothes. This brand has made these designs  its own brand of recognition, confirming itself as a classic in the history of fashion.

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Bianca Jagger  at Sudio 54: entra in discoteca su di un fiabesco cavallo bianco, indossando un maxi abito rosso fuoco

Chris Royer in a dress by Halston

Chris Royer in Halston


Lo stilista Halston al centro insieme a Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli e Michael Jackson. Studio 54


Halston fw 2011



7. Gli anni ’80 e l’immagine di Grace Jones, cantante e performer, musa di grandi stilisti tra cui Azzedine Alaïa. Memorabili i suoi look eccentrici, sensuali e dal sapore androgino.

Grace Jones, from music to fashion icon.From Azzedine Alaya to JPG 2009


Grace Jones in Jean Paul Gaultier 1981 e una creazione Jean Paul Gaulier del 2009


8. Madonna ha da sempre lanciato, più di chiunque altro, stili e tendenze. Il suo amico Jean Paul Gaultier la celebrò nel 2013 quando presentò la rielaborazione del look proposto dalla cantante nel film “Cercasi Susan Disperatamente”, 1985.

Madonna has always launched styles and trends more than anyone else. Jean Paul Gaultier celebrated her style in 2013 too when he presented the reworking of the look proposed by the singer during the movie “Desperately Seeking Susan”, 1985.


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9. Tra il 1991 e il 1993 Axl Rose, leader della band Guns N’ Roses, indossò aderenti pantaloncini in lycra abbinati a bandana, anfibi e camicia tartan. L’immagine divenne subito spunto per una nuova moda, ripresa in ultimo anche da Number Nine Collection (anno 2008).

Between 1991 and 1993, Axl Rose, “Guns N ‘Roses” leader, wore tight Lycra shorts with bandana over his long blonde hair, military boots and tartan shirt. This sexy image immediately became a starting point for a new fashion, also recently taken from Number Nine Collection (2008).


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© Axl vs Number Nine ©


10. E come non citare i Nirvana e il Grunge, gruppo e moda simbolo dell’ultimo decennio del secolo. Il look proposto dalla band, con a capo Kurt Cobain, bello e carismatico, divenne subito una tendenza tra i giovanissimi. Su un numero di Vogue America del 1992 due supermodelle posaro per Steven Meisel indossando abiti in linea con quella tendenza che si diffuse da Seattle in quasi tutto il mondo.

And how not to mention Nirvana and Grunge, the group and fashion symbol of the last decade of the century. The look proposed by the band, led by Kurt Cobain, beautiful and charismatic perfomer, immediately became a fashion and costume trend. On a number of American Vogue 1992 two supermodels where photographed by Steven Meisel wearing clothes in line with that trend that spread from Seattle almost all over the world.


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Vogue (US) December 1992 Naomi Campbell & Kristen McMenamy Steven Meisel

Vogue (US) December 1992 Naomi Campbell & Kristen McMenamy – Steven Meisel


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Fashion in Punk – from my book

Subculture tra ’70 e ’80.

Alla lacerazione degli indumenti, accuratamente scelti e rielaborati, corrisponde uno squarcio esistenziale. L’abito per la cultura #Punk diviene lo strumento per evidenziare la propria immagine e il conseguente rifiuto di appartenenza alla classe borghese.

Una prima forma di Anti-Moda che suo malgrado di lì a pochi anni finirà col trasformarsi in una tendenza glamour, confermandosi nel tempo come un classico in perpetua rielaborazione.

Racconto di questa generazione nel mio libro “Il Macabro e il Grottesco nella Moda e nel Costume“. Edz Progedit 2017. In uscita a breve, acquistabile anche attraverso questo link:

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The laceration of carefully selected and reworked garments corresponds to an existential break-up. Thanks to Punk culture, garments becomes the instrument to highlight boys and girls images and the consequent refusal to belong to the bourgeois class. It is a first form of Anti-Fashion, which in spite of a few years will become a glamorous trend, confirming nowadays as a classic in perpetual rework. I wrote about this this generation in my book “Macabre and Grotesque in Fashion and Costume“. Edz Progedit 2017. Outbound release, also available here:

 “The Macabre and Grotesque in Fashion and Costume History”


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Portraits of prostitutes from 100 years ago

Misterioso e schivo E.J. Bellocq nel 1910 iniziò la propria carriera di fotografo in America, dilettandosi con la realizzazione di immagini a fine commerciale. Svolse la propria attività a New Orleans, dove nel quartiere a luci rosse di Storyville realizzò centinaia di fotografie immortalando prostitute colte in pose sensuali, intime, drammatiche. Il quartiere venne distrutto nel 1917, e furono perduti anche moltissimi scatti di Bellocq, che morì in solitudine nel 1949. La gloria, postuma, lo vide trionfare solo a partire dal 1966, quando Lee Friedlander scoprì in un antiquario a New Orleans sue numerose inedite fotografie, che divennero presto oggetto di importanti mostre e pubblicazioni, tra cui Storyville Portraits (1970) e Red Light District of New Orleans (1996).


Mysterious and shy E.J. Bellocq in 1910 began his career in USA as a photographer, delighting with the creation of images for commercial purpose. He carried out his activities in New Orleans, where he realized hundreds of photographs immortalizing prostitutes in the red light district of Storyville. They were caught in sensual poses, intimate, dramatic. The neighborhood was destroyed in 1917, and were lost too many shots of Bellocq, who died in solitude in 1949. The glory, posthumous, saw him triumph only since 1966, when Lee Friedlander discovered in an antique shop in New Orleans his numerous unpublished photographs, which soon became the subject of major exhibitions and publications, including Storyville Portraits (1970) and Red Light District of New Orleans (1996).

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Storyville Portrait, New Orleans

Storyville Portrait, New Orleans

Risultati immagini per e. j. bellocq

Risultati immagini

E’ mezzanotte, la ragazza beve mente Bellocq realizza lo scatto. Splendide le sue calze a strisce, bellissima la miniatura di un salottino esposta al piano più basso del mobiletto:

Storyville Portrait, New Orleans

it is midnight and she is drinking. I love the thumbnail of the living room located on the lower floor of the display. Love her stripes socks.

Storyville Portrait, New Orleans

Body and soul decay, no more mistery.

Storyville Portrait, New Orleans

she wears a jumpsuit

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