‘Memos. On fashion in this Millennium’ at Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan

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‘Memos. On fashion in this Millennium’ at Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan

Until May 4, 2020, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan hosts the exhibition ‘Memos. On fashion in this Millennium’. Curated by Maria Luisa Frisa and realized by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion in collaboration with the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, the project opens a series of reflections on contemporary fashion and its qualities taking as its starting point Italo Calvino’s ‘Six Memos for the Next Millennium’, that the great writer was supposed to give at Harvard University (as part of the ‘Charles Eliot Norton Poetry Lectures’) in the autumn of 1985.

Calvino died suddenly in September of the same year, but his wife Esther decided to publish what he had written for them. Thus the incisive and inclusive word ‘Memos’ has been chosen as the title of the exhibition, and the exhibition uses Calvino’s words as devices to reflect on what has changed and what has stayed the same in fashion. ‘Memos’ aims to construct a ‘discourse on method,’ or rather a reflection on fashion curating and its ability to deal with the different products of that fashion: not just the objects, but also the images and the words.
A discourse on the method that also sees contributions from the writer Chiara Valerio and the film director Roberta Torre, who give voice to some of the materials on display; authorial voices that describe the object from the perspective of their respective imaginations.
The selection of objects, clothes, and magazines that are part of the stories told by fashion, and that organize the exhibition into a sequence of three-dimensional ‘memos’, include among other, things clothes designed by Giorgio Armani, J.W. Anderson for Loewe, Riccardo Tisci for Burberry, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior, Marco de Vincenzo, Fendi, Maria Sole Ferragamo, Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Francesco Risso for Marni, Moschino, Prada, Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino, Versace.

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above and cover image: ‘Memos. On fashion in this Millennium ‘, installation views, photo F.de Luca FCS, courtesy Museo Poldi Pezzoli

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above: Francesco Risso for Marni,Memos. On fashion in this Millennium’, Poldi Pezzoli Museum, photo coppibarbieri, courtesy Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

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above: Marco de Vincenzo,Memos. On fashion in this Millennium’, Poldi Pezzoli Museum, photo coppibarbieri, courtesy Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

‘Memos. On fashion in this Millennium ‘
Until May 4, 2020
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
via Manzoni, 12 Milan


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