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Dialogue Between Fashion & Death

Weekend Read / Giacomo Leopardi and the Thin Veil Between Fashion and Mortality 

The Romantic ‘Dialogue between Fashion and Death’ is curious and resonating work that deals with the powerful connection between dress and mortality. The piece presents ‘Fashion’ as a fictional character in conversation with ‘Death’, that is, like Death, actively responsible for human suffering. Conceived by the Italian poet, essayist, and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi (1798–1837), it has since been adopted into the context of fashion discourse as a powerful rendering of fashion’s capacity to engage with our own transience.

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