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Italian Masculinities: Young Creatives on Fashion and Identity

Tuesday 13 September, 6pm

Matteo Augello in conversation with Marta Franceschini, Daniele Fummo, Nicola Neri and Marco Pavoni

Italian Masculinities: Young Creatives on Fashion and Identity is a panel discussion which will investigate stereotypes of masculinity in Italian culture. Matteo Augello will host a conversation with four Italian professionals who have explored masculinity in both their personal and professional lives: Marta Franceschini (fashion historian), Daniele Fummo (photographer), Nicola Neri (stylist) and Marco Pavoni (architect). The audience is invited to take part in a collective reflection on how the gender manifestations we encountered in our lives have made us who we are.


Dr Matteo Augello is a university lecturer and performer. His research focuses on performance and costume, and he has worked as historian for the Royal Opera House in London, BBC and American Ballet Theatre in New York. His first monograph, Curating Italian Fashion: Heritage, Industry and Institutions, will be published by Bloomsbury in October 2022. He is currently working on a multidisciplinary research project on Caravaggio and music. He has taken part in the documentary Maschile / Femminile / Genderless on Italian fashion, which will be broadcast by Sky Arts in 2023.

Dr Marta Franceschini is a fashion historian based in London. She holds an MA in History of Design at RCA and V&A and a PhD in Design Sciences at Iuav University of Venice. Her research interests lay in the liaisons and counter-circuits between politics and heritage, national and gender identities. She has contributed to books and exhibitions on Italian fashion and menswear history. She collaborates with the European Fashion Heritage Association (EFHA) as communication coordinator, and is research assistant of the exhibition Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear at the Victoria and Albert museum.

Daniele Fummo is a photographer whose work is devoted to shed light on the multiplicity of characters that inhabit the world; to explore sexuality, race, social classes; to investigate traditions in relation to our instinctive nature; to dig out the ‘weird’ and celebrate it. He was one of the Winners of Portrait of Britain 2021 and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Dazed, GQ, as well as in leading institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He regularly collaborates with brands and artists such as Vivienne Westwood, Jordanluca and Holly Blakey.

Nicola Neri is an Italian freelance stylist based in London. After working for two years in fashion PR, he started assisting the creative director of Dazed & Confused and then moved to AnOther magazine, where he took on the position of fashion assistant. He has worked with international photographers, luxury brands, mainstream and independent publications. His personal works have been published on Altered States, AnOther magazine and Vogue Man Arabia among other titles.

Marco Pavoni is Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects, which he joined in 2017. He has worked on a series of important international projects such as the winning proposal of the Southbank Tower Lobby in London UK, the Mercury Headquarters and Penthouse in Moscow, Russia, the Bee’ha Headquarter, in Sharjah UAE. Marco works closely with ZHVR Group, supporting the team in developing solutions for the practice’s emerging digital design workflow, including immersive design techniques and networked visualization tools. Before joining ZHA, Marco worked with Claudio Silvestrin at CSA where he managed a varied portfolio of clients, including Kanye West, the Italian luxury department store Rinascente and ZUMA Restaurants.

The Italian Cultural Institute will not admit anyone showing covid-19 symptoms such as a continuous cough, a cold and a temperature. You are strongly invited to wear face covering during events, maintain social distancing and use wall-unit sanitizers, as a matter of courtesy to the clinically vulnerable. We keep windows open whenever possible to ensure ventilation and thoroughly clean our rooms before and after each event. Thank you for your co-operation.

We reserve the right not to admit any late comers.