This month, Phoenix Art Museum features Stefano Piaggi as guest speaker of Arizona Costume Institute’s Second Wednesday luncheon and lecture on Oct. 10. President of Associazione Culturale Anna Piaggi and nephew of Italian fashion writer Anna Piaggi, he will present a slide lecture about his aunt’s eccentric existence to the museum’s guests.
Journalist, muse to designers and fashion enthusiast, Piaggi was a fashion icon. The event, titled “Anna Piaggi: Creativity and Passion in Fashion and Beyond,” provides an inside look at her life and career from the 1930s to the present.
From 1961 to 1968, Piaggi was fashion editor for Arianna magazine. In the late 1960s, she became contributing editor to Vogue Italia where she started her editorial piece “D.P. Doppie Pagine di Anna Piaggi,” a highly acclaimed piece among all fashionistas. Then in the 1980s, she worked for the avant-garde magazine Vanity.
In addition to her successful career, Piaggi was a collector of garments from all eras. Her large clothes collection included 2,865 dresses and 265 pairs of shoes according to a 2006 exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She was also known for her bright blue hair, excessive make-up and unique sense of style that mixed vintage and contemporary fashion.
The lecture will include pictures from Karl Lagerfeld‘s 1988 sketchbook dedicated to the icon, images by photographers David Bailey and her husband Alfa Castaldi and film clips from the documentary Anna Piaggi: Una Visionaria Nella Moda. Directed by Alina Marazzi, the film was released in June 2016.
Anna Piaggi: Creativity and Passion in Fashion and Beyond
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
For more information/tickets, visit arizonacostumeinstitute.org.