The Ladybug Goes All the Way Back to Her Fashion Roots in Sicily: Visiting the Sicilian Fashion Expo

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My love and passion for vintage fashion never rests, not even when I am trying to rest my body and mind, aka winter break in Sicily!

A few days after my arrival in Sicily, I was reading the newspaper and my eye got caught by a very small article in the events out of town area. It was announcing a brief expo during Christmas holidays called “La moda Siciliana dal 1860 al 1950” (Sicilian Fashion from 1860 to 1950), reuniting the best vintage pieces from the Museum of Sicilian Costume and Fashion of Mirto, in the village of Sant’Agata di Militello.

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It was a good idea and an occasion to spend a day out with family and friends, visiting a village that we’ve never seen before and to take some pics at the expo. Of course we decided wait until KNAGUI came to see us in Sicily.

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It was a beautiful day at beginning of January when we headed to Sant’Agata di Militello to visit the lovely town square, Cathedral and the Medieval Castle where the expo was held (with included amazing view on the sea!). I was really amazed by the oldest pieces exposed, mainly for two reasons: first of all the amazing condition of those great pieces- mostly donated or lent by local collectors. Secondly, I was shocked by the tininess of the dresses, especially those form the end of the XIX century, which tells us a lot about the body evolution in the last two centuries.  The maniacal attention to details was the leitmotif of all the pieces and as they were shown in a castle, the visitor could have the feeling of being in a scene of Tomasi di Lampedusa’s “The Leopard,” a beautiful novel (and then a movie) chronicling of life and society in Sicily during the Risorgimento.

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For the day I wore a Max&Co gray and black striped wool jumper and American Apparel gray pocket skirt. I added the Isabel Marant for H&M canvas bag – that KNAGUI saved for me from his incursion in the shop during the launch of the collection – and a pair of my own ’90s sandals from Parentesi that strangely still fit my small feet!

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