IThe Italian Consulate General Johannesburg presents the Italian Retrospective, celebrating 70 Years of Italian Genius in an unparalleled collaboration between Sandton City and themselves.

A decadent display of 30 coveted vintage pieces, bringing together the best in artisanal Italian craftsmanship; the Italian Retrospective, curated by Francesco Lofaro, took place on Italian Design Day, the 3rd March 2019 and was  dedicated to celebrating and honouring 70 years of achievement and genius in Italian fashion and will run until the 7th of April 2019.

Make sure you catch this spectacular showcase at the Diamond Walk in Sandton City until 7th April. I was blown away at the craftsmanship and sheer workmanship over the past 70 years in fashion. It’s a must see for all lovers of fashion.

Designed to honour a timeless movement, thanks to the skilled hands that define every moment of every Italian masterpiece; and Sandton City’s prestigious Diamond Walk, the Italian Retrospectiveplatform to celebrate 14 designers and their mastery in Italian design across the ages, who have not only made their mark in Italy but have had global impact. These include: Roberto Capucci, Ken Scott, Renato Balestra, Curiel, Roberta di Camerino, Franco Moschino, Irene Galitzine, Sorelle Fontana Alta Moda s.r.l, Gianni Versace, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferré, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, and Ferragamo.

The Italian Retrospective will be woven in wonderment, with the common thread of every fashion story being the woman, who has a central role as a symbol of inspiration and a creator of change. A number of the pieces being exhibited, were worn by iconic fashion sirens, including the late Princess Diana, Sophia Loren, and Audrey Hepburn to current fashion icons including Madonna, Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss.

Launched to the world in the 1950s, Italian fashion, whose creativity draws on the rich cultural heritage and craft traditions, has become a symbol of resilience, rebirth and growth; embodying the feeling of its people, a palpable passion for art and the ingenuity of adapting to change; while preserving its territorial identity of being “Made in Italy.”

The Italian Retrospective is something to inspire, excite and indulge lovers of Italian fashion, with the nostalgia of the pieces amidst the iconic Italian Fashion Houses of Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo.

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