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Fashion Dialogues. The Costume Series with Massimo Cantini Parrini


Fashion Dialogues. The Costume Series. Massimo Cantini Parrini in conversation with Matteo Augello

The FASHION DIALOGUES return at the Italian Cultural Institute in London with a series dedicated to costume. Fashion historian Matteo Augello will dive into the worlds of cinema, theatre, opera and ballet, exploring the central role costumes play in bringing stories to life. The new season kicks off with one of Italy’s most awarded costume designers, Massimo Cantini Parrini.

Cantini Parrini started his career at an early age after the Oscar-winning costume designer Piero Tosi noticed his talent at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. He joined the renowned costumier Tirelli in Rome, where he met another Oscar-winner, Gabriella Tosi, with whom he would work as an assistant costume designer for a decade on films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton, 2005) and The Brothers Grimm (Terry Gilliam, 2005).

The event will take place at 6.30pm and will last approximately one hour, followed by Q&A. It will be conducted in Italian with English consecutive translation.


Since his first credit as costume design in 2008, Cantini Parrini has worked on more than 50 productions and holds the record for most wins with five David di Donatello. He has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2020 and received his first Oscar nomination in 2021 for the costumes of Pinocchio (Matteo Garrone, 2019), followed by another in 2022 for the costumes of Cyrano (Joe Wright, 2021).

Matteo Augello is a fashion historian and lecturer based. From 2013 to 2017, he was a curatorial consultant to the V&A Museum in London for the exhibition Opera: Passion, Power, Politics. He regularly holds masterclasses on costume at the NABA Academy in Milan and has collaborated with Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo and American Ballet Theatre in New York. His first book, Curating Italian Fashion: Heritage, Industry, Institutions, was published by Bloomsbury in 2022.

  • Organizzato da: ICI London
  • In collaborazione con: Matteo Augello