Italiana sets out to celebrate Italian fashion in the crucial years from 1971 to 2001 and to tell its story, highlighting the progressive and bringing into focus the establishment of an Italian fashion system in that great period of Made in Italy that set the seal on the Italian lifestyle s leading role in the world. This volume is produced to coincide with the exhibition Italiana. Narrating Italian History Through Fashion, 1971-2001 (open February 21, 2018 through May 6, 2018) and presents Italian fashion as a polycentric phenomenon fed by a wide range of know-how and intelligence, illustrated with an important set of pictures, some taken by photographers for magazines but others the fruit of collaboration with the designers. It also contains previously unpublished essays on less well-known themes and an anthology of texts previously published by Italian writers in the years under examination.
Stefano Tonchi has been editor of W magazine since 2010. Previously, he was editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, creative director of Esquire and Self and fashion editor of L Uomo Vogue. Maria Luisa Frisa is a professor at the IUAV University in Venice, where she directs the degree course in Fashion Design and Multimedia Arts. She has curated numerous exhibitions and edited many publications. For Marsilio Editori, she is in charge of the Mode series devoted to the ideas and figures of fashion. Her most recent book is Le forme della moda (2015).