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Michelangelo Antonioni's Sartorial Vision


Courtesy Giambattista Valli

With the 50th anniversary of the classic film L’Avventura, by Michelangelo Antonioni, I’m reminded of the Italian director’s aesthetic vision. Besides his innovative cinematography, there’s such a nuanced way to how he portrays women, highlighted by their wardrobes. The polka-dot skirt suit, checked pencil skirt and tailored trench that the stunning Monica Vitti wears in L’Avventura are both modern and classic. You almost forget it’s 1960. Antonioni approached filmmaking like a painter, using clothes to define the characters in their land­scape. When I watch Lucia Bosé in Cronaca di un Amore, I find a contemporary relevance to her style: simplicity in dress meets gobs of jewelry. All these years later, his vision remains the gold standard of elegance.

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