A Magazine Curated By and Valentino are delighted to announce that issue
N°20 has been curated by Pierpaolo Piccioli. Based in Rome, the Italian fashion designer was named the sole Artistic Director at Valentino in July 2016, after having first worked under Mr. Valentino in 1999 and maintaining a long working relationship with the house ever since. Piccioli is known for re-awakening the extravagant spirit of haute couture in fashion, with his use of bright colour and grand volumes contrasted by his willful advocation of fashion as a conduit for optimism, diversity and inclusivity.
Pierpaolo Piccioli’s issue of A Magazine Curated By contains a multitude of
messages centered around the exploration of the city of Rome and its dualities.
Approached as a longform visual essay, the magazine unfolds from a still-life
shoot by Joel Meyerowitz of Pierpaolo’s secret cahiers des défilés, his ‘mood
books’ that underline each fashion show and contain everything from their
initial inspirations to the end result of the fashion show’s imagery and ephemera. From this key starting point, a diarised visual portfolio by Charles H. Traub – known for his iconic series’ ‘Lunchtime’ on the streets of New York City and ‘Dolce Via’ across Italy in the 1980s – takes place in chapters, documenting many of Pierpaolo’s favourite places in Rome from the Spanish Steps to Trastevere and the Palatine Hill. The series features a host of characters from near and far, including the models Leslye Houenou, Hannelore Knuts and Aurora Talarico, the Principessa Nicoletta Odescalchi, the actress Alba Rohrwacher, Pierpaolo’s wife Simona and daughter Benedetta, and many more.
Paintings from the Italian Renaissance and the work of Hieronymus Bosch are
scattered throughout the magazine’s pages, countering Pierpaolo’s
contemporary vision with his classical inspirations, including a rarely seen
Caravaggio painting restored by Studio Merlini Storti Restauri at the Palazzo
Odescalchi in Rome.
Closing the magazine, a 48-page portrait series photographed by Pierpaolo
Piccioli himself is situated as a tribute to Franca Sozzani and an homage to
Steven Meisel’s iconic Vogue Italia October 1992 photo shoot, in which Meisel
captured a multitude of international personalities wearing his signature
trapper hat and holding their handwritten name card. Swapping black and
white for dazzling colour, and the black hat for Philip Treacy’s now-iconic pink
hat for Valentino, Pierpaolo hand-picked a cast of family, friends, Valentino
artisans and international celebrities to pose for him, including Naomi
Campbell, Mariacarla Boscono, British Vogue’s Edward Enninful, Pat McGrath,
Guido Palau, and the original series’ stylist Joe McKenna. His closing subject,
the actress Frances McDormand, appears on the magazine’s cover in a green
haute couture sequin cape. The cover’s black cloth effect and red stripe are a
CONTRIBUTORS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Alessio Bolzoni, Alexandre Desplat, Benedetta Piccioli, Bruce Weber,
Charles H. Traub, Clare Waight Keller, Craig Green, Daniela Storti,
Deborah Turbeville, Ernest Pignon Ernest, Francesco Bonami, Giancarlo
Giammetti, Greta Bellamacina, Guido Palau, Gwenaël Rattke, Harumi
Klossowska de Rola, Joel Meyerowitz, Julianne Moore, Jun Takahashi,
Kimberly Drew, Liya Kebede, Lorenzo Castore, Luca Guadagnino, Luigi Ballerini, Marc Jacobs, Marco Gazza, Mariacarla Boscono, Michel Gaubert, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pablo Arroyo, Paolo di Paolo, Pat McGrath, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Nicoletta Odescalchi, Rocco Sergio Baldassarro, Roger Dean, Ryan Aguilar, Sidival Fila, Simona nod to Pierpaolo’s cahiers des défilés, embossed with a ‘P.P. ’ stamp as a subtle nod to Pier Paolo Pasolini.