Ephimera. Discussions about fashion — Conferences curated by Sofia Gnoli


26 October 2019 - 21 March 2020

Curia Iulia, Roman Forum



All the encounters are held on Saturday mornings, starting at 11.30
Admission free while places last (seating for 100 and standing room for 30)
Reservations required ephimera@mondadori.it, starting from 7:30 AM on the Monday prior to the event

How to get here
Curia Iulia at the Roman Forum
Metro station Colosseo, Via dei Fori Imperiali near Largo Corrado Ricci

Curated by Sofia Gnoli

Promoted by Parco archeologico del Colosseo with Electa


Fashion in its countless forms is the protagonist of Ephimera. Dialoghi sulla moda, a series of ten conferences dedicated to the various aspects of contemporary fashion, in which some of the most renowned creative directors, artists, writers, scholars and journalists of the field will take turns discussing the topic. The talks — held on Saturday mornings from 26 October 2019 to 21 March 2020 – will all take place in the monumental Curia Iulia in the Roman Forum.

The project — promoted by the Parco archeologico del Colosseo — confirms the age-old vocation of the Curia Iulia, location of the ancient Roman senate, as a living cultural space designed for debate and discussion. These conferences represent yet another occasion to reinforce the city’s bond with its central archaeological area, reaffirming a strategy that the PArCo pursues consistently. Conceived with this spirit in mind, the conferences are all free of charge subject to availability.

The projectcurated by Sofia Gnoli, fashion historian, professor and journalist, organized and promoted by Electa — presents an interpretation of fashion as a set of codes that display and communicate tastes and trends, in a debate between individuality (the expression of the self) and conformity (the adherence to collective trends), but also as a language of symbols, as artistic expression, without neglecting such classic topics as androgyny or dandyism and its links with cinema, literature and photography.

Calendar 2019-2020

26 October


Introduction to the conference series EPHIMERA. DIALOGHI SULLA MODA

Alfonsina Russo, Director of the Parco archeologico del Colosseo

Sofia Gnoli, fashion historian, professor and journalist


“The future is a door, the past is the key” (Victor Hugo)

Silvia Venturini Fendi

Antonio Mancinelli


9 November


The indistinct sexuality of fashion

Lorenza Foschini

Quirino Conti


23 November


D.P. Double Pages: Anna Piaggi

Paolo Castaldi

Luca Stoppini


14 December


Archaeologist of things to come: Alessandro Michele

Alessandro Michele

Maria Luisa Frisa



11 January


Fashion: tool of awareness, art of the possible

Maria Grazia Chiuri

Valeria Palermi


25 January


Phenomenology of the dandy

Luigi Ontani

Mariuccia Casadio

Giuseppe Scaraffia


8 February


Oscars for costume design

Gabriella Pescucci

Enrico Magrelli


22 February


Eros’s armoire: literature, fashion and seduction

Daniela Baroncini

Giacomo Ferrara


7 March


Considerations on kitsch

Roberto D’Agostino

Andrea Mecacci


21 March


Italian eyes

Giovanni Gastel

Cristina Lucchini