If you find yourself in Milan for fashion week these day and you can afford a one-hour break, I suggest you take a taxi to Palazzo della Permanente, to check out a just-opened exhibition on fashion and social change, as seen through the eyes and words of some of Italy’s most influential editors of the past decades.
“LEI e le Altre” showcases some of the greatest fashion editorials and reportages of the past 80 years, as they appeared on the pages of magazines such as Annabella, Grazia, Europeo (with stories often penned by Oriana Fallaci) all the way back to ‘Lei’, a now-extinct Rizzoli publication who shaped and reported on European style.
The journey, which starts in the 1930s, shows us how the editorial choices of the women behind these magazines were often a mirror not only of fashion trends but often also of social forces (e.g. the 1960s movement), way beyond the borders of Italy and France.
Besides the history, to some visitors the exhibition may also offer a reflection on the possible destiny of fashion and style print magazines in the digital era.
LEI e le altre. Palazzo della Permanente. Via Turati 34, Milan. From September 15th through October 15th. Free entrance. Open every day, 10 am to 7.30 pm; on Thursday until 10 pm.