A Magazine Curated By Francesco Risso
A Magazine Curated By is pleased to announce that the 23rd issue has been curated by Francesco Risso, the creative director of the Italian fashion house Marni.
Drawing upon an intimate and diverse community of artists, musicians, writers, photographers, family and friends, A Magazine Curated By Francesco Risso is an analogue exploration of the print object through a myriad of visual and philosophical stimuli that question contemporary notions of living.
Divided into 20 distinct contributions across 240 pages, the issue is conceived as a compilation of scrapbooks - each a conceptual window into the minds and hearts of a protagonist or protagonists that offers a glimpse into their creative process or journey. Opening with a painted portrait, each chapter is unique, featuring a plethora of lo-fi techniques from handwritten and mechanically typed pages to paper collages, illustration, painting, doodling and hand-retouched photography.
The playful cover mimics a red vintage scrapbook, combining multiple finishing techniques including a trompe l’œil embossed ‘tape’ spine, embossed ‘A’ and spot varnished portrait of Francesco Risso himself.
The issue is a scrapbook that documents the boundless imagination of Risso, one that possesses a playful yet profound view of materiality, nature and the human spirit. A sense of liberation is perceivable throughout A#23, from Sergio Cattivelli’s photographic series of the designer himself role-playing a myriad of characters, Michele Rizzo’s sculpture of endless lifetimes carved from clay and even memories of a debaucherous weekend with motorbikers captured on film by Francesca Sorrenti. Twenty-one original portraits consecrate each contributor, bound together in a single publication that showcases the colourful whimsy of Francesco Risso and the graphic, colourful world of Marni.
Each issue contains a single photographic print by Dorothy Sing Zhang from the Sheldrake Brothers’ story.
Selected contributors include: Andrea Artemisio, Babak Radboy, Camilla Nickerson, Charlie Fox, Cosmo & Merlin Sheldrake, Dan Colen, Dev Hynes, Dorothy Sing Zhang, Flaminia Veronesi, Francesca Sorrenti, Jamie Hawkesworth, Jonah Hill, Jordan Hemingway, Julien d'Ys, Lexie Smith, Lola Montes, Michele Rizzo, Rachel Chandler, Sara Moonves, Sophie von Hellermann, Terraforma and Wilfrid Wood.
ABOUT FRANCESCO RISSO
Appointed as Marni’s creative director in 2016, Francesco Risso is leading the brand into a new era, mixing Marni’s essence with eccentricity and intellectualism, while bringing in his own aesthetic. Born in Sardinia, Italy, Risso spent the first years of his life on a boat with his parents until they moved to Genoa to live with family. He learned his earliest skills from his grandmother, a well-known tailor in Genoa, before moving to Florence aged 16 to attend Polimoda. He then studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and completed his MA at Central Saint Martins in London under Louise Wilson. Risso worked for Anna Molinari at Blumarine, Alessandro Dell'Acqua and Malo, before joining Prada in 2008 to work on womenswear and special projects. His debut collection for Marni was Fall/Winter 2017.
Innovative and multifaceted, Marni celebrates individuality through a rigorous yet subversive language. Marni is a state of mind, a playful spirit, with a history of friendly, humanist values combined with an experimental approach to materials and colours, as well as a unique flair for mixing prints and shapes. The aesthetic paradigm mirrors the vision of creative director Francesco Risso: the quirky elegance of Marni is a range of possibilities, an exploration of ideals, a lifestyle with an avant-garde spirit that holds a constant dialogue with the world of art, finding ultimate expression in special collaborations and capsule collections. Marni’s elegantly subversive perspective celebrates the authenticity of artisanal workmanship, exalting the sophistication of materials and the originality of design. The brand offers women’s, men’s and kids’ ready-to- wear collections, bags, shoes, jewellery and eyewear, distributed through a network of monobrand boutiques and high-end retailers around the world. Founded in 1994, since 2013 Marni is part of OTB, an international group which assembles and promotes the development of alternative brands in the luxury field. www.marni.com
Dimensions: 230 × 295 mm
Publisher: A Magazine