I use different types of media such as drawing, painting and various materials to investigate and explore new systems of the language of art.
“Untitled” is my last series of two hundred oil pastels on paper. A brief colourful summary of my artistic research but above all a tribute to Biba. “Tight cut skinny sleeves, earthy colours , called “Auntie Colours - Blackish mulberries, blueberries, rusts and plums. Hulanicki described them as looking like a funeral”.
I was inspired by shapes of Italian fashion clothing and work uniforms and the brightness of the colours of British clothing, the simplicity of the shapes playing with primary colors, secondary and complementary. The human body, male or female, that communicates emotions through different clothing. I would like to link art to fashion. Since I started my artistic research more than fifty years ago I have never painted directly from nature or from photographs but I have always tried to interpret the real visions according to the colours, lines and forms.
“Di Filippo's influences include the slender portraits Modigliani and especially, the vibrant colours of Sonia Delaunay. In The Observer she explains, "I was inspired by abstract, minimal, contemporary artists. But then I came back to my first loves: art and fashion." Biba’s designs are reminiscent of the classic Italian fashion Di Filippo grew up with: "They have a simplicity of shape, and I loved the colours such as olive, rust, and bruised purple." For Di Filippo, Biba's 60s style remains timeless. "It’s like Coco Chanel’s little black dress. It will never get old."
Emanuela Di Filippo
Born in 1984 , Rome, Italy
Lives and works in Rome.
Qualified Teacher Status QTS, UK.
MA Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy.
BA Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy.
“Tribute to Biba Inspiration”, Devonport Guildhall, Devon, UK.
Emanuela Di Filippo: A Glimpse into Art & Biba Fashion, Kingston Museum, Kingston Upon Thames, UK.
Biba Inspiration, City hall,The Vestibules, Bristol, UK.
Biba in the Studio, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Worthing, UK.
Tribute to BIBA, Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-On-Sea, UK.
The Romford look: the art of high street fashion, Havering Museum, Romford, UK.
'Collected and Conserved', Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Worthing, UK
ART-E-DISU-08, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
White Night, Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Rome, Italy.
Culture Week, Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy.
See No Evil / Speak No Evil / Hear No Evil, Sisley Xhafa, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome Italy.
The Other Art Fair Chicago - Mana Contemporary Chicago, USA.
"From London to Rome: Tribute to Biba. Art & Fashion", Artrooms Fair Roma, Rome, Italy.
Awards and Fellowships:
Tutor Visitors, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China.
UCM Fine Arts, scholarship to study in Madrid, Spain.
"Autumn/Winter 2018",Oil Pastel on Paper, 32 x 40 cm Inspired by Fashion, Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, Saatchi Art.
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Worthing, UK.
Inspired by Fashion, Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, Saatchi Art.
Original Art Under $250, Collection, Saatchi Art's 2015 Gift Guide, Saatchi Art.
New Drawings $500 and Under, Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, Saatchi Art.
Originals for $500 and Under, Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, Saatchi Art.
Articles and Reviews:
Inspired by Biba: oil pastel fashion, The Observer, Feb.4 (2018).
Selective List of Recent Dress Exhibitions Costume, The Costume Society of Great Britain, Edinburgh University Press. London, UK.
Teaching and Workshop:
Master in Fashion Business, IED, European Institute of Design, Florence, Italy
Art & Fashion Workshop, Public Space, Rome, Italy - U.K.
italki, Online Teaching Learning Platform, Rome, Italy.
Axcis Education, Local Schools, Bristol, London U.K.
Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Italy.
Liceo Artistico Caravillani, Rome, Italy.