Tony Federico "Occhi"
Tony Federico "Occhi"
Fine Art Print
59,4 x 72,2 cm
Limited edition: 15 prints
Gallery quality print
Hahnemühle Photo Matt Fibre 200 g/qm
Printed, stamped & numbered in Berlin
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About this artwork
Shot on Polaroid i-Type 600 / 5x8
Milano / 2004
“This picture was taken during the summer/spring edition of Milano Fashion Week. Backstage I met this woman with these beautiful eyes and was able to take a picture of her in this sovereign pose. And it's one of the few Polaroids where fashion strongly determines image composition. This collar is part of a coat by the great designer Enrico Coveri - I am still an admirer of his work.
I do think that there is a special Italian sense of aesthetics - of course, it doesn't apply to everyone, but there is a tendency. Italy was already known for the production of luxury goods in the middle ages, and today Milano is one of the important fashion capitals. Many of the most traditional brands are based in the country. Armani, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Moschino, Prada, Valentino, Versace and many others. It's interesting to ask why the fashion industry is so much associated with Italy.
I can remember my childhood when Sunday was the day to go to church. My mother immediately saw if I was well dressed. Did the socks match the colour of the trousers, the belt matches the shirt, the jacket matches the scarf? Fashion is part of our cultural DNA. Although the fashion industry is based in northern Italy, many of the creative people are from the south. For example, Domenico Dolce from Sicily or Gianni Versace, who was born in Reggio Calabria. The Italian aesthetic has developed over two thousand years from many influences and through many coincidences in history, some of these cultures have survived and been able to develop further. Gianni Versace was strongly influenced by Ancient Greece - he always underlined that. Born by chance in Italy, I am happy to be native to the homeland of fashion too.
And even though I wasn't happy in the fashion industry, fashion and the whole culture around it is something wonderful. Isn't it nice when people can think about what to wear? Yes, it is a luxury and unfortunately, it is often carried out on the backs of others - but apart from that, I think it is an achievement of our civilisation if we can also engage with the beautiful and the pleasurable.”
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