Curating Italian Fashion: Book Launch with Author Matteo Augello

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Matteo Augello will discuss his new book and share unprecedented insights into the management of Italian fashion heritage.

Members of the Costume Society are invited to an exclusive discussion with Matteo Augello about Italian fashion curation.

Italy is a major player in the global fashion industry, yet little has been written about its contribution to fashion curation. Matteo Augello provides an unprecedented insight into the management of Italian fashion heritage and presents a comprehensive account of the development of fashion curation in Italy, drawing from archival records, existing literature and oral history.

By contextualising fashion curation within Italy's economy, culture and art-historical tradition, Curating Italian Fashion unfolds the ties between the preservation of fashion heritage and corporate policies. It traces the shift of companies from sponsors to cultural producers and discusses the different uses of archives and exhibitions. Through the critical analysis of key examples such as Salvatore Ferragamo and Pitti Immagine, this book illustrates how the inevitable commercial interests underlying fashion curation can exist alongside the scholarly contribution of corporate initiatives. Most importantly, it defines the curatorial approaches developed by the involvement of the industry in fashion curation, thus providing an overarching interpretation of the characteristics of this practice in Italy.

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