FAULT Magazine Travel Photo Series: ‘Love Letter to Italy’

Situated in the idyllic, central belt of Italy lie the regions of Tuscany and Liguria. One reason to visit would simply be the cuisine on it’s own. Both regions boasting delicious gastronomy with great olive oil, wines, truffle and pastas respectively but then there’s the scenery.

At the uppermost tip of Tuscany you find the Province of Pisa and its world heritage site – famed for it’s leaning tower and the white structures of the Duomo and Baptistry. Pisa is well worth the trip to see these architectural wonders and spend an hour in the evening sun next to the green lawns, amused by the many tourists attempting to line up with the tower. As you travel inland you enter the Province of Lucca, and a stones through from Pisa is the walled city of Lucca its self. With its Roman heart is cultured, peaceful and evocative. The place is brimming with piazzas, churches and cobbled lanes.

Further north and not to be missed are Valle del Serchio or Garfagnana with their characteristic villages – among them Borgo a Mozzano, famous for its spectacular Devil’s Bridge. As well as both Coreglia Antelminelli and Barga – enchanting Medieval villages with prized architecture and breath taking views. Lakes and spectacular mountain passes are found in abundance.

Bordering Tuscany in the region of Liguria is the Province of La Spezia. Changing landscapes succeed each other and create glorious sceneries. The Cinque Terre, composed of five villages that are made up from pastel-hued buildings, provides a breath taking backdrop to the crystalline Ligurian Sea. These picturesque villages are backed by stretches of hills that are covered by olive trees and woods that dominate the landscape. But an afternoon spent in Manarola, where you can watch cliff divers and sun bathers in their droves whilst drinking crisp white wine and eating anti pasti really is the epitome of this trip. La Dolce Vita.

 

Barga

 

Pisa

 

Borgo A Mozzano

 

Borgo A Mozzano ‘Devils Bridge’

 

Barga

 

Shades of yellow around Tuscany

 

Pontecosi

 

Fiats in Barga

 

Pisa

 

Left – View of the Apuane Alps. Right – Borgo A Mozzano

 

Sunset from Coreglia Antelminelli

 

Coreglia Antelminelli

 

Coreglia Antelminelli

 

Left – Coreglia Antelminelli. Right – Lucca

 

Left – Fiat 500 in Barga Right – Manarola

 

Monterosso Al Mare

 

Monterosso Al Mare

 

Diving in Manarola

 

Manarola

 

Manarola

 

Photography and words by Thomas Wood

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Proof – Lauren Hockney

 

The Glamour of Italian Fashion

The next must-see fashion retrospective to hit the V & A is ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion”, which is showing as the spring exhibition in April.

 

Capturing the exciting, influential period post world war two, it is the first major show to dissect Italy’s rich and varied design and cultural history from the past 75 years, with a carefully edited selection of original mens and womenswear garments on display.

 

When you think of old school glamour, I bet Elizabeth Taylor is pretty high up on your list; And as you would expect, she is a big influence for the Italian fashion industry, and much is referenced at the show. Everything from her fabulous ball gowns to her vast collection of bling- including the Bulgari diamond and emerald jewellery, which Richard Burton gave her as a wedding present (after all, it is a Bulgari sponsored show!)

 

The infamous “Sala Bianca” is also celebrated, as the first of it’s kind fashion shows staged in the Sala Bianca in Palazzo Pitti, Florence. Originating in the 50s, the innovative runway show were a way for real models to showcase designers and tailoring to a wider audience, and marked the beginning of Italian designers international success.

 

With original designs from some of Italy’s most well known and loved names such as Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Valentino and Versace, the show also exhibits current designers, popular on the Milan fashion week circuit, alongside the next generation of talent including couture by Giambattista Valli, ready-to-wear from Fausto Puglisi and work from Valentino’s new designer duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.

 

With Italy to this day, leading the way as an aspirational, luxurious and quality led design hub, the exhibition breaks down 75 years of history into bite-size segments, 100 original garments and snippets of information, including the fact that when Marilyn Monroe died in 1962, she was buried in a her favourite Pucci dress. And if that’s not pure glam, I don’t know what is!

 

Dig out your best frock, and get inspired…

 

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, sponsored by Bulgari, runs from 5 April – 27 July 2014 at the V&A.

 

By Sara Darling

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