Italian Fashion since 1945

A Cultural History

  • Emanuela Scarpellini

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Emanuela Scarpellini
    Pages 1-29
  3. Emanuela Scarpellini
    Pages 31-58
  4. Emanuela Scarpellini
    Pages 95-129
  5. Emanuela Scarpellini
    Pages 131-182
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-265

About this book


In the course of the twentieth century, Italy succeeded in establishing itself as one of the world's preeminent fashion capitals, despite the centuries-old predominance of Paris and London. This book traces the story of how this came to be, guiding readers through the major cultural and economic revolutions of twentieth-century Italy and how they shaped the consumption practices and material lives of everyday Italians. In order to understand the specific character of the “Italian model,” Emanuela Scarpellini considers not only aspects of craftsmanship, industrial production and the evolution of styles, but also the economic and cultural changes that have radically transformed Italy and the international scene within a few decades: the post-war economic miracle, the youth revolution, the consumerism of the 1980s, globalization, the environmentalism of the 2000s and the Italy of today. Written in a lively style, full of references to cinema, literature, art and the world of media, this work offers the first comprehensive overview of a phenomenon that has profoundly shaped recent Italian history.


the Italian model Consumer culture Fashion history Italian design Material culture Garment Industry Italian High Fashion The Youth Revolution in Italy Fashion and globalization luxury fashion fashion sustainability Italian economic miracle

Authors and affiliations

  • Emanuela Scarpellini
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MilanMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17811-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17812-3
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