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Reinvented Italian design classics go on show in Rome

A brief but glorious flourish of designer creativity

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Reinvented Italian design classics go on show in Rome

July 08 2011
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Fashion moves fast: at 7pm on Friday July 8, eight young designers armed with eight fashion must-haves will head for Rome’s Palazzo della Civiltà for a very brief (July 8 and 9 only) show at exhibition space Altaroma. But the show – called Limited/Unlimited – has a twist: each item, whether a frame bag or a tailored coat, is a reinvention of a design from a historic Italian maison.

Paris-trained Albino D’Amato, for example, used archive images of tailor Alberto Fabiani’s typically 1950s voluminous dresses as the starting point for what is now a contemporary-looking structured pleated dress. “I used white and black, the classics of timeless elegance, with a structured fabric to create a three-dimensional effect – the cuts are sharp with pleats on the back panel of the skirt and precise kimono sleeves,” says D’Amato of the design.

Meanwhile designer Albertina Marzotto, who has created an equally covetable dress in season-appropriate apricot orange (second picture), took her inspiration from a shift dress design by Fendi’s Silvia Venturini Fendi, while Nicole Brundage has redesigned a classic Gherardini bag in silver-coloured leather (first picture), complete with mirrored hardware.

And for those not currently in (or on the road to) Rome and keen to purchase the one-off designs, they will also be available to reserve on fashion e-tail site Yoox.com.