about me
I was born and grew up in Florence, Italy, where I earned my Diploma di Laurea in Lettere (M.A in Humanities) with a concentration in History of Costume and Fashion. My degree focused on Art History and History of Costume and Fashion.
I have always had a strong interest in the interdisciplinary aspects of Fashion Studies, especially in exploring fashion as a medium of communication and as an approach to understanding different cultures. I wrote my thesis using a multidisciplinary approach involving costume, art history, theatre and cinema. My research focused on the Oscar winning Italian costume designer Gabriella Pescucci, who won the Academy Award for the Martin Scorsese’s movie The age of Innocence, and represents the successful “Italian School” of costume designers. Meanwhile I worked in the press office of the Florence Opera Theater Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and I cooperated with International associations based in Florence in organizing events, tours of the city, and cultural activities such as concerts, exhibits, and conferences.
During my university years in Florence I also began teaching for various American study abroad programs, while pursuing my academic career working at the Florence University as the teaching assistant of the professor of History of Costume.
I later moved to the USA where I taught Italian Language at Smith College, in Massachusetts, where I was also the students’ activities coordinator. I also gave lectures on the silent language of fashion, further expanding my insight into the development of Italian history and the social, political, and economic changes of my country.
In the USA I cooperated with curator of the costume and textile section at the Historic Deerfield Museum (MA), organizing the exhibition Celebrating The Fibers Arts.
I continued my studies in the US following my main research interests: the relationship between fashion and cinema, and especially the contribution of the Italian costume designers to the success of both Italian and International movies.
In Los Angeles I studied Hollywood costuming at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), where I met the theater and film costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis.
I earned also my M.A. in Italian Studies, Culture and Communication at Middlebury College (VT).
Eventually I decided to return to Italy and I'm currently teaching in Florence for various International study abroad programs . I give lectures on topics related to fashion studies and I often travel between Italy and the USA for academic and business purposes.
In light of my studies and experiences, I have decided to offer my highly qualified knowledge and esthetic sensibility in creating exclusively designed itineraries in Florence and in other Italian locations, for both students and visitors, focused on Italian fashion and its heritage.
Those who visit Florence and Italy, who are especially interested in authentic “Made in Italy” fashion, will have the opportunity to learn more about the ancient traditions of fashion as an art deeply related to Italian culture.
They will be given the opportunity to visit museums, public and private collections, select boutiques and workshops where Italian artisan products are designed and produced. Eventually they will be given the chance to shop in the stores of Italy’s most famous high-fashion designers, according to specific requests.
These are not only shopping tours, but each is a unique experience in discovering and understanding the history and traditions that represent the origin of “Made in Italy,” giving a more comprehensive awareness of the elements that have contributed to the global fame and appreciation of Italian fashion.
My passion for fashion, love for my country and my enthusiasm will guide my guests and my students in a unique journey in discovering the countless facets of Italian fashion.
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