The Ladybug Goes Navy Prep: Exploring the Jole Veneziani Expo at Villa Necchi Campiglio

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When I read about the Jole Veneziani expo in Milan, and more precisely at the Villa Necchi Campiglio, I felt that it was a prefect opportunity to visit both the expo and the Villa!

Jole Veneziani was the pioneer of Italian Haute Couture in the 1950s and ’60s. She was the center of the Milanese fashion scene, with her own Maison and a lot of famous followers from the cinema, the theater and the richest women of her era. This expo was promoted by FAI with the help of the Jole Veneziani archive with a lot of vintage clothes, accessories, drawings, pictures, videos, sartorial objects and fabrics. In addition, part of her viale Montenapoleone’s atelier was represented with original objects, models and pictures coming from her creative studio.

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I particularly loved the fact that in the wonderful villa, once owned by a Milanese upper middle-class family, were mannequins “giving life” to Jole Veneziani’s cocktail and house dresses… depending on the room where they are placed.

For the occasion I went for a preppy mariner style, wearing a striped Topshop dress with a navy blue cape-coat from Max&Co.

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I added my baker boy hat from the last Isabel Marant for H&M collection (the only piece that I liked that I could find in store…[sob]) and a pair of tan brogues from Shoegasm in New York.

My vintage piece of the day is this wonderful late ’70s bag from Foxy Brown vintage that I bought at the Vintagemania event in Bassano del Grappa.

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