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Poldi Pezzoli – Memos on Fashion in this Millenium

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MUSEO POLDI MEZZOLI – MILAN
Memos. On Fashion in This Millennium

‘Memos. On Fashion in This Millennium’, the show currently hosted at Milan’s Museo Poldi Pezzoli, is fashion critic and curator Maria Luisa Frisa’s latest work, taking writer Italo Calvino’s ‘Six Memos for the Next Millennium’ as a starting point to investigate fashion’s nature through the practice of fashion curating.

In February 2020, inside Milan’s Museo Poldi Pezzoli, IUAV’s Head of Fashion Design and Multimedia Arts Maria Luisa Frisa presented ‘Memos. On Fashion in This Millennium’, the latest exhibition she’s ideated and curated (on this occasion, Frisa collaborated with exhibition-maker Judith Clark and L’Officiel’s Chief Creative Officer Stefano Tonchi). The show, realised by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, was built on writer Italo Calvino’s ‘Six Memos for the Next Millennium’, that’s the lectures he was meant to give, in the autumn of 1985, at Harvard University. In fact, the words of this intellectual were used as a means to reflect on fashion’s cyclical, ever-changing nature. From a Balenciaga men’s suit to a long knitted woolen poncho designed in 2018 by Jonathan Anderson for Loewe, ‘Memos. On Fashion in This Millennium’ is made up of garments, accessories, magazines and ephemera as well, making the viewer enter the world of fashion curating and, eventually, learn more about its ability to manage fashion’s different productions, from images to words and, of course, clothing. Lastly, taking viewers through the displayed objects is the original museum captions by writer Chiara Valerio and filmmaker Roberta Torre. ‘Memos. On Fashion in This Millennium’ will be hosted at Museo Poldi Pezzoli (Via Alessandro Manzoni 12, Milan) until the 28th of September 2020, take part in the open dialogue about today’s fashion right now!

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’On Fashion in This Millennium’ is made up of garments, accessories, magazines and ephemera as well, making the viewer enter the world of fashion curating and, eventually, learn more about its ability to manage fashion’s different productions, from images to words and, of course, clothing.’

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Credits: Text by Marco Martello – Photos by Sara Ferraris