Icon: Marcello Mastroianni

“I only exist when I’m working on a movie” Marcello Mastroianni.

Great interpreter of different roles in cinema and theater, Marcello Mastroianni can undoubtedly be considered a great icon of style, elegance and charm.

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Actor in love with life and with disenchanted eyes, is one of the main example of excellent Italian tailoring. Mastroianni had the peculiarity to be always dressed perfectly, without ever looking to trends and labels. A classic black suit, a white shirt with French collar and a black tie were everything he needed to surprise the public in every situation. With Federico Fellini, his clothes became tailored and a pair of rectangular sunglasses were one of his hallmarks. Emulate his style may seem easy, but it actually requires a lot of time and effort, since find clothes that fit perfectly the body is not an easy task: each piece is unique and adapts differently to the person. Wear everything with a strong confidence can enable you to get a taste of the dolce vita. It does’t matter what you wear, but how you wear it.

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Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri in 1924 from a family of humble origins, he studied in Turin and later in Rome, city that gave him the opportunity to develop his talent and to begin his career. Thanks to his enrollment at the University Theatre Center he had the opportunity to meet Giulietta Masina: she will later introduced him to her husband Fellini.  In 1948 he was hired by the theater company directed by Luchino Visconti, an event that will determine all his career because it was one of the most important and in sight during that period. His beauty, though different to the common canons of the time, and his seductive tone of voice enchanted soon also the movies world, leading him to become a male model of Italian beauty. He began to dedicate himself to the movies, starring in Giorni d’amore and Peccato che sia una canaglia, years in which he married, with Flora Carabella, and had a daughter, Barbara. At the end of the ’50s he acts in I soliti sospetti and La dolce vita, movie from which starts his collaboration and deep friendship with Federico Fellini. Shortly he will be filming in 8 e ½, Divorzio all’italiana, Matrimonio all’italiana, Amanti and Girasoli. Movies that consecrated the pair Loren – Mastroianni. In 1970, he won the Palma d’oro with Dramma della gelosia and in 1971 he went to Paris to act in Tempo d’amore with the beautiful actress Catherine Deneuve, they had a relationship and a daughter: Chiara. The ’70s are important to remember his performances in Un giorno speciale, Città delle donne and Il volo. Later he won some serious awards: best actor at Festival of Cannes in 1987, Felix Award at career in 1988, Leone d’oro at career in 1990, nominated to three Oscar Awards and many other awards. He received two honors: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 1995 he was diagnosed with cancer and completed his last year alongside partner Anna Maria Tato, died in Paris in 1996.

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  1. Great post about a talented and stylish man. I still enjoy his movies today. Thank goodness for classic American cinematic television stations. I really enjoyed your analysis of his personal style.

    Sharon

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