I am inspired by shapes of Italian fashion, work uniforms and the brightness of the colours of British clothing, the simplicity of the shapes playing with primary colours, secondary and complementary.The human body, male or female, that communicates emotions through different clothing. I would like to link art to fashion.- Emanuela Di Filippo
The Kingston Museum is pleased to host an exhibition in their community case of oil pastels by Italian artist Emanuela Di Filippo inspired by the iconic London fashion of Biba and recently featured in The Observer. Emanuela's Show follows on from her exhibition at Bristol's City Hall and her feature in The Observer.
A Glimpse into Art & Biba Fashion at the Kingston Museum consists of a series of Biba printed greeting cards taken from Di Filippo's Biba pastels alongside a few originals. The colours and forms of these artworks utilise a wide range of colours from the silver, brown and gold of Biba to the brighter reds and yellows of Delaunay but always concentrating on the shape and pattern; the repetitions of stripes and flower patterns that characterise these fashion illustrations.
Di Filippo's influences include the slender portraits Modigliani and especially, the vibrant colours of Sonia Delaunay. In The Observer she explains, "I was inspired by abstract, minimal, contemporary artists. But then I came back to my first loves: art and fashion." Biba’s designs are reminiscent of the classic Italian fashion Di Filippo grew up with: "They have a simplicity of shape, and I loved the colours such as olive, rust, and bruised purple." For Di Filippo, Biba's 60s style remains timeless. "It’s like Coco Chanel’s little black dress. It will never get old."
Emanuela Di Filippo was born in Rome in 1984. Studied Fine Art in Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain and qualified as a QTS teacher in England in 2012. Public collections include more than five Saatchi Art's online collections (2014 - 2016): Original $500 and Under Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage online curated by Rebecca Wilson, New Drawings $500 and Under Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage “Inspired by Fashion”. Collective museum exhibitions include Academy of Fine Art, Rome, Italy (2005), Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, Italy (2003). Selected Publications include List of Recent Dress Exhibitions, Emanuela Di Filippo:Tribute to Biba, Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend On Sea, The Costume Society of Great Britain, Edinburgh University Press, Mar. (2017). Inspired by Biba: oil pastel fashion, The Observer, Feb. 4 (2018). Solo Museum exhibitions include "The Romford look: the art of high street fashion", Havering Museum, London, England (2015), "Tribute to BIBA", Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, England (2016) "Biba in the Studio", Worthing Museum, Worthing, England (2017), "Biba Inspiration", City Hall, The Vestibules, Bristol, England (2018) and “A glimpse into Art & Biba Fashion”, Kingston Museum, Kingston Upon Thames (2018). Di Filippo currently lives and works in Bristol and Rome.
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