Fashion at the Time of Fascism

Nothing better than spending a cold evening with a big pile of fashion books. My newest purchase is this book about Italian fashion during Mussolini’s Fascist regime (1922-1943). The authors of this book, Mario Lupano and Alessandra Vaccari, collected images from women’s glossies, magazines, photo archives, journals, catalogues, design and architecture to show the rythms, rituals and lifestyles of a typical Italian day. There are four themes: “Measurements,” “Model,” “Brand” and “Parade.” The thing I like about the book is it’s weird combination of glamour (pretty women smoking in  elegant suits) and “science” (how to restructure your face, as as shown on the picture next to the mud mask). 

Buy it here or here.

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