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Twisted Silks & Stilettos: The History of Italian Fashion' Webinar. Friday, Jan 2810 AM - 11:30 EST

Updated: Apr 14, 2022

Can't make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week! New York Adventure Club |

From the togas of Ancient Rome to the gowns of Valentino and Versace, Italy has been a source of style that has influenced the globe for millennia. But how did cities like Florence, Rome, and Milan contribute to the reputation of Italy as one of the most important centers of fashion innovation? This is the story of Italian fashion and its continued reign as one of the premier fashion hub of the world.

Join New York Adventure Club for a digital journey through the history of Italian fashion and the twisted silks and stilettos that have come to define its garments over the past several hundred years.

Led by fashion historian Caroline Elenowitz-Hess, our virtual experience and showcase of stunning examples of Italian fashion will include:

  • A discussion around what purple dye in Ancient Rome was made of, and why it was reserved for emperors

  • Why fashion was crucial for Italian men’s reputation in the Renaissance

  • The origin story behind Gucci, Prada, Valentino, and others

  • Scandalous stories throughout the ages, including18th century industrial espionage that allowed the French to steal the Italian fashion industry's silk spinning secrets

  • The tragic murder of Gianni Versace at his house in Miami Beach, and how his sister has carried on his legacy

  • A virtual peek into the workshops and artisan studiosthat have built “Made in Italy” into such a trusted name

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Caroline — any and all questions about Italian fashion are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Caroline

Caroline Elenowitz-Hess is an independent fashion historian based in New York City. Caroline worked for several years as a fashion designer before pursuing her MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons. She previously received a BA in English Literature from Yale University and an AAS in Fashion Design from FIT. Most recently, Caroline has been a curatorial intern at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Museum at FIT. Her research is focused on definitions of femininity in the twentieth century in France and the United States.


"Presenter was very knowledgeable. Great slides and fantastic history." -Tonya

"Knowledgeable presenter enjoyable due to excellent illustrations." -Dot

"Great skip through the historical influences on modern Italian fashion, vivid slides of current designers work." -Linde

"Really good research and history. Loved it." -Carol

"Knowledgeable speaker, good visuals." -Jacqueline

"Everything! The topic, the information and the photos. (Thanks for including Roberto Capucci). Caroline’s webinars are always so informative and a treat for the eyes!" -Karen

"I appreciated how she drew together different aspects of fashion and how they reappeared it later decades." -Gwen

"So well researched and prevented. Educational and entertaining. Have signed up for the next two in July!" -Catherine


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