Simonetta

The First Lady of Italian Fashion
1° ed.
978-88-317-9399-5
After the end of the Second World War new and creative figures emerged on the scene of Roman couture: it was the dawn of a process of growing awareness, popularization and transformation of the Italian way of dressing that was to culminate in the success that the “made in Italy” brand has enjoyed throughout the world, from the sixties to the present day. This volume is devoted to Simonetta Colonna di Cesarò, aristocratic protagonist of this renewal.
The critical essays bring the figure, the style and the cultural world of the couturière into synergistic focus, revealing her many different facets. While Maria Luisa Frisa presents Simonetta in the guise of the inspiring muse of contemporary fashion design, Judith Clark analyzes her makeup in the theatricalized language of the exhibition space. Vittoria C. Caratozzolo stresses the way in which Simonetta’s “fashion-creation” bears witness, against the backdrop of an increasingly ineluctable process of standardization of appearance, to the persistence of the aspiration to individuality that had once been the exclusive prerogative of the dandy.

Autori

is an independent exhibition-maker and Reader in the field of Fashion and Museology at London College of Fashion. She opened the first experimental gallery of dress in London in 1997, Judith Clark Costume where she curated 21 exhibitions. Clark has curated major exhibitions at the V&A in London, ModeMuseum in Antwerp, Palazzo Pitti in Florence and Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and was recently commissioned by Artangel (together with psychoanalyst Adam Phillips) to create 11 installations in Blythe House. Current projects include designing a handbag museum (1590 - present) in Seoul South Korea (due to open July 2012).
 critico e curatore, è professore ordinario all'Università Iuav di Venezia, dove dirige il corso di laurea triennale in Design della moda e Arti Multimediali. Il suo ultimo libro: Le forme della moda (Il Mulino). Il suo ultimo progetto: la mostra e il libro Bellissima. L’Italia dell’alta moda 1945-1968 (Roma, MAXXI, 2014-15; Bruxelles, BOZAR, 2015; Monza, Villa Reale, 2015-16; Fort Lauderdale, NSU Art Museum, 2016). Ha curato il libro Desire and Discipline: Designing Fashion at Iuav (Marsilio). È editorialista del magazine D La Repubblica. Il suo prossimo progetto è la mostra Italiana. L’Italia vista dalla moda 1971-2001.
insegna all'Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" e presso il Corso di laurea in Design della moda all'Università Iuav di Venezia. E' autrice, assieme a Paola Colaiacomo, di : La Londra dei Beatles (1996), Cartamodello. Antologia di scrittori e scritture sulla moda (2000) e co-autrice di Mercanti di stile. Le culture della moda dagli anni '20 a oggi (2002). Per la collana Mode ha pubblicato Irene Brin. Lo stile italiano nella moda (2006), Simonetta. La prima donna della moda italiana (2008).