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Fashioning Submission (Paperback)

Documenting Fashion, Taste and Identity in WWII Italy through “Bellezza” Magazine

P&S History > Social Science & Culture

Imprint: Mimesis International
Series: History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: Illustrated
ISBN: 9788869774218
Published: 29th February 2024
Casemate UK Academic

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Unlike in English and French cultural fields, where fashion during WWII is widely debated, in Italy the relationship between fashion and Fascism is an under-researched topic, separated from the study of Fascist institutions and bureaucracy. The behind-the-scene history of the fashion magazine Bellezza, the Italian Vogue founded in 1941, has never been submitted to scholarly attention. Its utopian function in defining a new culture of fashion and code of glamour contributed to the totalitarian project of building a ‘new Italian woman’. The current volume fills this gap, using the case of Bellezza as a kaleidoscope through which to examine Italian history and culture drawing on new primary sources and extraordinary iconography.

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