Military-inspired chic: the influence of the regime was obvious in much 1930s fashion. As one magazine commented, “the cape is generally inspired by the officer’s rounded cloak, and the decorations often recall braid, loop fastenings and buttons.”

Fascist Fascination

Military-inspired chic: the influence of the regime was obvious in much fashion. As one magazine commented, “the cape is generally inspired by the officer’s rounded cloak, and the decorations often recall braid, loop fastenings and buttons.

Everything from cinema to silk came with a spirit of nationalism. The Italian diva Isa Miranda models “very Italian” dresses in a series of 1935 pictures intended to prove the tautological idea that “Italian elegance is most suitable because it’s the best.”

Fascist Fascination

The handsome book "Fashion at the Time of Fascism," out later this month from Damiani, struck me right away.

Book: Fashion under Fascism

When we think of Italian fashion, Gucci, Max Mara and the meteoric rise of Prada immediately spring to mind. But Italian fashion has a dark history that has

Book: Fashion at the Time of Fascism

Fascist Fascination

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“Sartorial techniques insist on the beauty of a geometrically measurable body.” Fascists did too, breaking the body into fragments in search of an ideal. Here, a chart of movie star glances aims to sum up the beauty of the eye.

Cigarettes seemed to have been an ever-present prop of the fascist fashionista. 1931 even saw the premier of the Vallaguzza belt, an accessory for beach life that kept your cigarettes dry in a “lacquered clasp-container” that “attached at the waist with a soft woollen belt that matched the colour of your swimsuit.”

Fascist Fascination

Cigarettes seemed to have been an ever-present prop of the fascist fashionista. 1931 even saw the premier of the Vallaguzza belt, an accessory for beach life that kept your cigarettes dry in a “lacquered clasp-container” that “attached at the waist with a soft woollen belt that matched the colour of your swimsuit.”


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