December 18, 2019
Italian fashion and architecture are combined by elegant design respecting the requirements of today, but also quality production materials. Like luxury Italian furniture, so does Italian fashion is synonymous with quality and luxury.
Italian fashion has been in the limelight since the Middle Ages
Italians are known to be born with a love of fashion. They pay close attention to what they are wearing and judge others according to their appearance. It certainly can’t happen to you that, for example, an Italian would welcome you at home only in shorts and a pulled-out T-shirt. They are Italians elegant for every occasion.
Italian cities have in the past focused on the production of velvet, silk and wool. Especially in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance, when Florence was the fashion capital of fashion, quality men’s and women’s clothing were extravagant and expensive.
Clothes from Italy enjoyed great popularity throughout Europe. In the 15th and 16th centuries, fashion was inspired by works
Michelangela, Leonardo da Vinci or Raphael. Sewing was most often made of velvet and brocade, and ribbons and expensive jewelry were used for decoration.
Portrait of sculptor Michelangelo
Women’s dresses accentuated the lower body
The women’s dress was characterized by a V-neck and a rich skirt to evoke fullness. Balloon and wide sleeves were often lined with fur.
The women wore up to five layers of clothing every day, which was not very practical and comfortable. As the clothes reached the floor, they walked
women in high heelsso as not to smear their clothes.
Men’s fashion emphasized the upper body
Men’s fashion was characterized by wide and inflated sleeves, which were most often made of brocade. The upper layer of the garment consisted of the so-called cioppa, characterized by a different color of the outer and inner parts. After all, this was the main feature of the Italian Renaissance. The lower part of the body was most often worn into tights. Both rich men and women wore the top of their clothing, which was characterized by detachable sleeves. Wealthy citizens they owned a number of sleeveswhich they combined to match their dress or cloak.
Italian tailors have enriched the fashion market with accessories, which include hats, hair nets, handbags and gloves. Widely used mirrors, whose presence was typical of the Renaissance, increased the interest in their own appearance and fashion as such.
In the 1950s, Italian fashion conquered the world
Thanks to fashion shows, Italian fashion has spread to other countries, including the United States. They did not escape in the 1960s handbags designed by Gucci the attention of celebrities, including Audrey Hepburn and the first lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy, making the iconic GG logo synonymous with Hollywood fashion.
From the 1970s and 1980s, Italian fashion began to focus on ready-made clothing, including jeans, sweaters and miniskirts.
Italian design and architecture
Italian architecture and design were most influenced by the Renaissancewhich brought with it a new style of thinking. People deviated from the strict dogmas of religion and began to discover a world that was not nearly as small and simple as it had been presented so far.
Thanks to the deepening knowledge and newly acquired information that people gained through discovering the world, a breeding ground for a change of thinking was created, which was reflected in all social and other areas (literature, art, politics, architecture and housing).
Renaissance architecture seeks inspiration in antiquity
Renaissance architects they sought inspiration mainly in antiquity. The constructions were based on Roman buildings, their symmetry, simplicity of geometric shapes and regularity of proportions.
Completely new buildings began to emerge, which were mainly representative:
- suburban villas,
- town hall.
In addition to stone, brick began to be used as a building material. The buildings were richly decorated with stucco or marble tiles. The following were applied in the architecture of buildings:
- outer colonnade,
- barrel vault,
- staircase, which has become a separate architectural element.
The facades were decorated with sgraffito and gothic angled arches were replaced by circular arches. Each house had a courtyard in the center, which was surrounded by individual rooms. Everything had its order and symmetry. It was the Renaissance that marked the beginning of the typical features of Italian architecture:
- respect for history,
Especially Florencewhich is literally living museum of renaissance architecture
(you can visit the preserved monuments of Michelangelo Buonarroti or Leonardo da Vinci), offers some of the best schools in the field of architecture and design. These are mainly Florence Design Academy, Architecture Florence Design School or Florence Institute of Design International, where the long tradition of Italian architecture can continue young designers.
Luxury Italian furniture
Furniture from previous styles was made by carpenters mainly for purpose. However, Renaissance furniture was in manors and aristocratic houses
primarily a work of art. Renaissance design appeared mainly on chests, cabinets, cabinets and sideboards.
Italian design cares about appearance and comfort. Luxury in such furnished houses layer from floor to ceiling. Every detail is precise. Crystal chandeliers hang from the tiled ceilings, the walls are decorated with murals and the floors are made of glossy wood or marble.
Italian design can never be completely minimalist, although it does not have to be pompous. For example, more minimalist kitchens feature glossy fronts of lacquered kitchens and chandeliers with glass accessories.
Modern kitchen with Italian design. Source: IDWItalia.com
Typical features of Italian design
- Mahogany furniture,
- gilded elements and accessories,
- marble cladding,
- crystal chandeliers,
Contemporary Italian design
Current trends in Italian design they turn to elegancebut do not lose the luxury. The furniture is less decorative, but still first-class and very high quality, as only the best materials are used for production. The interiors include crystal chandeliers and other glittering accessories that you would hardly find in a minimalist house.