Tullio Crali’s future-friendly fashion

When fascist poet and journalist Vincenzo Fani (also known as Volt, his pen name) published the “Manifesto of Futurist Fashion” in 1920, he founded it on three keywords: “genius”, “boldness”, and “economy”.

These concepts were illustrated in the first half of the 1930s by futurist painter Tullio Crali (1910-2000) – a friend and close collaborator of Marinetti, who designated him as “travelling salesman of the Ideal”.

“Genius” meant attributing to the idea of “female clothing… the same value of a fresco by Michelangelo or a Madonna by Titian”; “boldness” pointed to the will to cast on “female silhouettes the most aggressive lines and brightest colors of our futurist paintings”; “economy” summed up the decision to bring down “the kingdom of silk”, and to open “the doors of the fashion ateliers to paper, cardboard, and glass, to foil, aluminum, and majolicas…”

A series of drawings that makes up a futuristic fashion show from the past.

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March 20, 2014