Feminine icon

The divine marchioness

Montecore women’s virgin wool coat with special KD processing and coyote fur inserts. (mod. 2326C448P1)

There was a lady who has been represented many times by artists of the first half of the 20th century, a woman who was a source of inspiration for literary characters. Charming, eccentric and extravagant. An art lover who was able to transform herself into a masterpiece and a living legend. She had the courage to reject stereotypes of European aristocracy and to build a character made of Pharaonic villas, spiritism, exotic animals, sexual freedom. It ‘s impossible not to have yet met Luisa Casati.

We find her in the paintings by Carrà, in the portraits by Giacomo Balla and Giovanni Boldini, in the sculptures by Boccioni, in the surreal pictures by Man Ray, in the war diaries by Marinetti as well as in Depero’s memories. She was a muse for the futurists and the avant-gardists.

She inspired the character of Isabella Inghirami of novel “Forse che sì forse che no” by D’Annunzio of whom she was a mistress. In practice, all those who knew her could not help but dedicate her a small masterpiece.

Portrait of Luisa Casati by Jean de Gaigneron, 1922.

“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.”

William Shakespeare

But that’s not all. Luisa’s inimitable aesthetic became the inspiring force for the 1998 and 2007 Christian Dior collections by John Galliano, Tom Ford’s S/S 2004 for Yves Saint Laurent, several shoe models by Gucci, the 2008 collection of bags by Raven Kauffman, a collection of men’s shoes signed Louis Leeman and also the 2009 collection “Chanel cruises with Casati” by Karl Lagerfeld presented at Venice Lido.

Vogue magazine has described her as “a face that made history.” Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese has revealed how Casati has influenced the dark side of her fetishist charm. In 2015 Venice dedicated an exhibition to the “Divine Marchioness” (so she was named by Gabriele d’Annunzio), featuring her as an incredibly modern woman who is still able to influence our culture and to inspire high fashion. The exhibition was held in the house of Mariano Fortuny, a close friend of Casati. The only who could “dress her dreams”.

Mole Antonelliana

National Museum of Cinema

An architectural landmark of the city of Turin, it was initially conceived as a synagogue, before being bought by the Municipality of Turin and made into a monument to national unity. Planned and begun by architect Alessandro Antonelli in 1863, it was only completed in 1889. With a height of 167.5 metres, it was the tallest brick building in Europe at the time. The panoramic lift was inaugurated in 1961, during the celebrations for the centenary of the Italian Unification and it was renovated in 1999. Today it still allows visitors to go up to the panoramic terrace which is 85 metres high and take in the amazing views of the city and the surrounding Alps. Visitors can also climb on foot along the cavity of the dome stairs, up to the panoramic terrace.

Montecore women’s double breasted woolen coat with Alpaca fur skirt. (mod. 2326C449P)
Montecore women’s double breasted woolen coat with Alpaca fur skirt. (mod. 2326C449P)