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ORIENTALISMS AND EXOTICISMS, with Sisley Schio | Lecture (in English, online)

The Italian Cultural Institute in Haifa
is pleased to invite you to the second lecture of the series:

A Fashion Journey, between History and Contemporary styles
Presents Sisley Schio, journalist, researcher, costume designer

Tuesday, 07 February 2023, at 18.30
ONLINE | Italian Cultural Institute

Free of charge, in Englsh.
In order to receive your link for the Zoom meeting, please fill out THIS FORM.

francesco ballesio

Odalisque, by Francesco Ballesio (1860-1923)

Orientalisms and exoticisms: the fascination for the other from Renaissance, Baroque age until early Industrialism. Looking at far away countries with curiosity and admiration, even wanting to wear the clothes of other cultures and traditions, has been a constant in Italian society over the centuries. This represented a fundamental push for the exchanges and the diffusion of fashion across the continents.

  • FREE admission. Online event, in ENGLISH. In order to receive your link for the Zoom meeting, please fill out THIS FORM.

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The series | A journey across one thousand years of fashion influences between Europe, Asia and the Middle East: this is the framework within which the fashion historian Sisley Schio will portrait some of the central changes in the fashion phenomenon, in Italy and in Europe. The assimilation of ideas and styles from East and Far East has always played a powerful role morphing Italian and European fashion, since the early Middle ages, through Renaissance and the birth of Industrialism, until the contemporary trends where cinema, digital production and the culture of social media are shaping a new aesthetic panorama. The reciprocal fascination between West and East is pivotal in the genesis of fashion’s social and economic phenomenon. Curiosity, exoticism and geopolitical balances feed a never-ending sequence of exchanges and references in the production of Italian fashion.

Sisley Schio began her professional career as costume and textile researcher, teacher, costume designer for the theater, in Pisa, Marseille and Paris. She has been Director’s assistant at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Musée du Louvre in Paris in the years 2000-2001. She wrote sections related to italian fashion for Treccani Encyclopedia. She writes today about trends in fashion, design and contemporary creativity. As a journalist during the last 15 years, she could develop a deep understanding of the internal dynamics of the current fashion system and trends development.

Event in English, FREE OF CHARGE, online.

Tuesday, 07 February 2023, @ 18.30
Italian Cultural Institute, Rehov Meir Rutberg 12 – Haifa

  • In order to receive your link for the Zoom meeting, please fill out THIS FORM.
  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Haifa