About Livia Quaresmini

The more I grew up the more I became addicted to fashion.

After graduating in fashion design in 2009 I started working as a designer for a young fashion brand.
I consider clothes and fabrics as white canvases where you can put literally everything on.
The history conscious approach to fashion lead me to become lecturer of fashion and costume history shortly after my graduation. I was also in charge of fashion drawing and design classes.

My life is completed devoted to fashion and I discovered the passion for the quest of vintage treasures.
I have experiences managing a vintage shop in Florence and consulting for the costume jewelry department of an auction house, as well as teaching costume and fashion history. I love collecting vintage pieces, and as I study them, to tell their stories.

This blog is about those stories, that are related to an unforgettable fascinating past, with a costant reference to our fashionable present.

Posts by Livia Quaresmini:

The curious guide to the history of Parisian Haute Couture (Part 1)


Parisian Haute Couture


Between 1860 and 1960 the Parisian High Fashion (Haute Couture) gave a new idea of fashion. Behind the poetic facade there were high-skilled professionals and complex production facilities, generating a universe of dreams, made by excellent, artistic and high-quality products.

Here I describe the first 100 years of this history; a century of tough decisions, business strategies and artisanal work.… Read more

Why furs are luxury business


Vintage Furs


The rise of furs as a symbol of luxury

The first dress of humans on the planet, apart the biblical leave of Adam and Eve, was the animals’s skin, fur, which during the following centuries was tanned and sewed in order to follow the silhouette of the body.

The business of furs, at the time of the first civilizations, was the most important way to earn money or to do exchanges of goods.… Read more