From December 2, 2014 to May 3, 2015 at Maxxi Museum in Rome is in show the exhibition
“Bellissima: l’Italia dell’alta moda 1945-1968” edited by Maria Luisa Frisa, Anna Mattirolo
and Stefano Tonchi. The intent is to reconstruct, with today’s filter, the complex and ever-
changing image of Italian fashion through its protagonists’ stories. To complete the tale of the
the great success of the “made in Italy” labels, “Le storie della moda” tells in six events the
trace of the history throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century’s great Italian fashion
with the words of renewed critics and scholars.
The conference held on December 13 is dedicated to the early decades of the twentieth
century, a dense and fascinating period. During these years – between two world wars and a
dictatorship – emerges an international network of avant-garde art and the processes of
modernization in the textile industry is consolidated. During the meeting, the two speakers’
(Mario Lupano and Alessandra Vaccari) voices alternate to introduce the public to a
reading of interdisciplinary relationships between fashion and modernism concerning art,
architecture, design and film. The speech is focused on the question of modernist
temporalities; the internationalization of Italian culture, the matter of national fashion and the
visions induced by the fascist regime and the aspects in the creation of fashion.