“If I could, unless we” curated by Linda Loppa at Manifattura Tabacchi in Florence through June 14th

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I had the pleasure of visiting the latest project of Linda Loppa “”If I could, unless we” while in Florence as a member of the Polimoda 2019 jury. The exhibition took the form of a nightwalk through the disused areas of Manifattura Tabacchi featuring installations from seven designers/artists which highlight their visions of the world of fashion and beyond. Artists/Designers included: Bart Hess, Lara Torres, Armando Chant, Moses Hamborg, Bernhard Willhelm, Clemens Thornquist and Senjan Jansen, all working alongside the curator, creating an itinerary away from typical fashion clichés: no clothes, no catwalks, no timelines.

“By inviting you to Manifattura Tabacchi we come together in several fashion/art/sound/seeing/looking moments” declared curator Linda Loppa. “By speaking and looking, we can create emotions to share, but only if we don’t look back. We will walk and talk together or alone. We will step in the world of another and dream together. Seven designers/artists will share their visions of the world of fashion and beyond, whilst we walk together through Manifattura Tabacchi”.


“We were immediately taken by the idea of a night walk, which evokes a different, reflective dimension, on the line between fashion and art. It is a route which takes in multidisciplinary installations and which expresses the spirit of experimentation that is such a part of the Manifattura project and its vocation for the contemporary”, said Michelangelo Giombini, Head of Product Development at Manifattura Tabacchi, of the project.


The installation, produced by Manifattura Tabacchi, is looking to set up a dialogue with the concept of Pitti Immagine, an event of the highest importance for the city of Florence and the wider international world of fashion. It will also be an opportunity to show the city and the fashion community the exciting changes taking place at Manifattura Tabacchi.

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.