Anna Piaggi and Australia: the eye has to travel

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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Fashion Theory, 2017, 21 (3), pp. 279 - 290
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Anna Piaggi (1931–2012), Vogue Italia writer and contributor, had a unique style of dressing which combined vintage and contemporary fashion, popular culture and art history references in a synthesized review of fashion and culture. This personal style was informed by her encounters with a broad range of visual cultures and dialogue with a variety of fields and disciplines. It was also partially informed by her connections to Australia, and close relationships with Australians. She met her Australian-born mentor, Vern Lambert, at the Chelsea Antiques Market, where he sold museum-quality vintage clothing by Elsa Schiaparelli, Gabrielle Chanel and Callot Soeurs to key influencers such as Mick Jagger and George Harrison. This encounter shaped her, and Piaggi’s style transformed as she began to incorporate vintage clothing and contemporary fashion in her wardrobe and her subsequent editorial work for Vanity and Vogue Italia. This paper reflects on Anna Piaggi and the importance of her Australian connections.
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