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  • A Year in Fashion at Fortuny

    February - this time of the year when fashion becomes the talk of the town, we saunter down memory lane through an eventful year in fashion at Fortuny before catching up with the exciting projects about to take place this year. Valentino The then-duo creative directors of Valentino took to Fortuny for inspiration for their Spring Summer [...] Continue Reading
  • Fortuny Vintage Fabrics on A Magazine Curated By

    A Magazine Curated By is an art and fashion focused magazine that gives each of their biannual issue as a carte blanche to a creative mastermind. For issue No. 16 curated by Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, four original fabrics made by Mariano Fortuny in Venice appeared as a thread running through collections of photography, fashion, [...] Continue Reading
  • Fortuny at the Hermitage Museum

    On December 6, the prestigious Hermitage museum opened its door to the Mariano Fortuny - "The Magician of Venice" exhibition. Live report from Fortuny's creative director Mickey Riad from St. Petersburg.   After hurdling the governmental obstacles of passports and visas (my visa coming in just one day before my trip), I finally made the journey to [...] Continue Reading
  • Downton Abbey Wardrobe Visionary Calls on Fortuny for Final Season

    Over the past 6 years, Downton Abbey has given its international audience a glimpse into a time that seems so far from our current day. When in fact, the turn of the century shares many parallels with the present. Nations at war, a widening income and class gap, and the promise of ending prohibition. The [...] Continue Reading
  • Fortuny in Valentino S/S 2016 Haute Couture

    January is a busy month in Paris. With the Haute Couture week, Paris Deco Off and Maison et Objet, Paris beams with the finest designs and an influx of international creativity. In this city of light and arts where Mariano Fortuny grew up, Italian haute couturier Valentino unveiled a magnificent haute couture collection where Venetian [...] Continue Reading
  • A Fascination with Greece: The Palace of Knossos

    A lot can be learned from the sketchbook of a master. A scrap from 1906 gives us a glimpse into Fortuny's the process and influence. In 1905, Sir Arthur Evans' completed his historic archeological dig of the palace of Knossos in Greece -- this is Fortuny's sketch of the discovered pieces.  It seems Fortuny, a known Grecophile, was [...] Continue Reading
  • The Timelessness of the Pleats

    No matter the city, whether it be New York, Milan or Paris, in every season surrounding the flurry of Fashion Week, there is an inevitable shift in the "It" crowd–new models arrive on the scene, new designers have their first shows, and new trends make their debuts. However, among all the new, one can often [...] Continue Reading
  • Milton Gendel’s Portrait of the Countess

    Those that have had the honor of meeting or knowing Countess Elsie Lee Gozzi can attest to her larger-than-life persona, a fitting description for the woman responsible for bringing Fortuny’s textiles out of the churches, museums and theater and into people’s homes. Her relationship with Fortuny began in 1927 and continued until her death in [...] Continue Reading
  • Bill Cunningham’s “Facades”

    Bill Cunningham's series "Facades" is on view at the New York Historical Society through this Sunday, June 15.  In his project, which spanned from the late sixties to early seventies, Cunningham shot portraits of Italian-American photographer Editta Sherman in front of landmark buildings around Manhattan, dressed and posed in styles contemporary with the architecture of [...] Continue Reading