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An Unconventional Italian



 An Unconventional Italian

An Unconventional Italian


22 feb


A lecture by Alex Aubry

Beyond its glossy image and storied past, the history of Italian fashion is peppered with revolutionaries, provocateurs and cultural agitators who brought attention to global issues. Among these unconventional Italians was designer Franco Moschino, who used his runway shows as a platform for social commentary, as well as Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani, an activist philosophy major turned editor, who addressed topics such as race, domestic violence, environmental pollution and drug addiction through the pages of her fashion magazine. At a time when barriers are going up around the world, and prejudice and cultural isolationism become more prevalent, such individuals have harnessed the power of beauty to sneak up on a traditionally un-diverse industry and force them to confront subjects they might otherwise choose to ignore. This lecture will explore fashion’s complex relationship with diversity through the legacy of shape-shifting designer Romeo Gigli, the feminist Marxist model Benedetta Barzini and a Chicago collector of Italian couture.

Alex Aubry is the Director of The Fashion Resource Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as the Editor-at-Large for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. He received his MA in Arts Administration and Policy from Chicago’s School of the Art Institute and is also a Chicago-based curator, educator and museum consultant focused on developing exhibitions bridging the West and the Middle East. He has contributed to two books on museum development and collecting in the Arabian Gulf Region. In addition, he has written extensively on topics related to the arts, culture and design for publications such as Aramco World, Brownbook, System Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Alex has lectured at Chicago’s Art Institute, the Arts Club of Chicago, the de Young
Museum in San Francisco, the American Alliance of Museums annual conference and the Chicago History Museum, in addition to serving as a visiting assistant professor at Northern Illinois University’s School of Art & Design, where he taught Museum Studies and Modern/Contemporary Art of the Middle East.



Data: Gio 22 Feb 2018

Orario: Dalle 18:00 alle 20:00

Ingresso : Libero


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 500 N Michigan Ave,