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From haute couture to landscapes, the multiple vocations of Federico Forquet as seen by Hamish Bowles

Fashion designer, interior decorator, landscape designer and collector, Federico Forquet, still active at 89, is not very well known to the general public. The World of Federico Forquet, a richly illustrated book by journalist and fashion historian Hamish Bowles with the help of photographer Guido Taroni, sheds light on the multiple talents of this fascinating designer, while tracing a part of the societal history of post-war Italy and its dolce vita.

After seventy-five years of a long and rich career that led him to found a couture workshop under his own name before using his talent to design gardens, Federico Forquet is a man who does not regret any of his creations, whether they be dresses or green compositions. Following his inspiration, nourished by a classical refinement mixed with a Mediterranean exuberance, and never ceasing to enrich his unique know-how developed in contact with the greatest, Federico Forquet has demonstrated a perfect ease in the different fields in which he has invested himself.

It was during a stay in Marrakech at Marella Agnelli’s villa that Hamish Bowles met Federico Forquet. Fascinated by the designer’s creations that marked the fashion of the 1960s despite his short ten-year career, the journalist also saw in this meeting the opportunity to deepen his knowledge in the context of exhibitions he organized on Cristóbal Balenciaga, whose Federico Forquet was a disciple.


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