They make us dream, they make us stylish, beautiful, sexy and they live us with huge memories.
Micol Fontana left us today at 102. She is one the three Fontana sisters, acclaimed fashion designers-couturiers since 1930.
Who cannot forget the controversial dress Anita Ekberg wore in Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita” ? It was the perfect dress for that film, which epitomized the decadent lifestyle of the rich, high-living society and jet set.
Photo above: Anita Ekberg in the bath scene in Trevi Fountain Rome – film “La Dolce Vita” – Getty Images
Ava Gardner wore Fontana sisters’ dress in the film “Barefoot Contessa” and many of the Fontana’s creations off the screen.
The gracious Audrey Hepburn in the role of a runaway princess who fell in love with a journalist in the movie, “Roman Holiday” also wore Fontana Sister’s creations.
The list of famous people, nobles, royals, presidents’ wife or daughters and Hollywood actresses the Fontana sisters dressed in their career is very long, even Alitalia flight attendants and official hostesses at the UN proudly showcased Fontana’s fashion on their bodies. In my many years of traveling I have always thought the Alitalia flight stewardess are the most elegant of all the airlines employees.
The Fontana sister’s stories, like most fashion designers, started in the mother’s tailor shop or home-based alterations business. From Traversetolo, a small Italian country town between Parma and Modena, where the three sisters inherited their mother dressmaking shop to Rome where they opened the first atelier, the only desire was to dress the aristocracy, the rich and famous. Their adventure started at the break of WWII, but the war didn’t stop them from pursuing their dream. They chose Rome as their base while everybody preferred to open fashion houses in Paris, the three sisters defied and resisted boldly that market. They knew the aristocracy could not resist their sexy clothes and so they made it happen.
Many museums around the world featured the Fontana sisters’s fashion during their career, the awards and articles written about the Fontana abounded. The three sisters Zoë, Micol and Giovanna possessed glamour and created sumptuous dresses with a special attention to women bust, their dresses were easier to wear than their French competitors.
The inspiration for their fashion came from eighteenth-century style and designs of the early Renaissance. Between Parisian haute couture and the originality of the Italian fashion, the three sisters made American women really enamored of the feminine dresses.
Some people cannot be repeatable. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer. Born in Italy in a family of artists, style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on