Neapolitan filmmaker Gianluca Migliarotti produced and directed two extraordinarily beautiful full length documentaries on Italian menswear: I Colori di Antonio (2013) and O’mast (2011). These films not only explore the history of tailoring in Italy, but also the artistic spirit of the craft. The interviews with the artisans in both films are insightful musings on the importance of careful craftsmanship even in today’s fast-paced retail world. I love these films because they allow the viewer to appreciate the physical beauty of bespoke garments while pushing us to think philosophically about dress and dressing. Created in collaboration with Kid Dandy Productions and The Armoury, these are films you absolutely should be watching if you are at all interested in menswear, the craft of tailoring, or simply appreciate gorgeous cinematography.
I Colori di Antonio provides an inside view into the creative workings and global impact of Florentine tailoring house Liverano & Liverano. Specifically, the film follows the life and work of Antonio Liverano, a man respected as the great master of Florentine tailoring.
O’Mast, meaning “master” in Neapolitan dialect, traces the traditions of Neapolitan tailoring. Through interviews with many masters of craft, the film provides a privileged glimpse into the ethos and practice of tailoring in Naples.
Best of all, these documentaries are both available on iTunes!
Migliarotti has numerous other projects interesting to those in the fashion world. For example, his short film Vitale Barberis Canonico, on the famous wool mill opened in 1663 and still operating just north of Milan, or Emilio Pucci, un journée particulière, which sheds insight on the style and creative process of the maison Emilio Pucci. You can explore all of Migliarotti’s film projects here.
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