Daily Archives: February 9, 2011

Walter Albini

From Albini’s F/W 1978 campaign, shot by Maria Vittoria

Walter Albini for Trell  photographed by David Bailey in Vogue Italia, 1976

Walter Albini for Trell photographed by Gian Paolo Barbieri for Vogue Paris, 1977

Last year Stefano Tonchi and Maria Luisa Frisa put together a special book detailing the life and work of the Italian designer titled Walter Albini and His Times: All Power to the Imagination. With the current 1970’s mood that has inspired so many designers and their collections, a look at Albini’s work grants a refreshing insight. Inspired by 1920’s and ‘30s modernism, as most designers were at the time, Albini sought to advance it as a reference, to shift the spirit into something that would not look to the past but instead push towards the future. Like Halston, Kenzo, and Yves St. Laurent, Albini’s designs informed the popular fashion discourse and defined the era, but unlike those celebrated designers, Albini’s contribution would be mostly forgotten.

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