How did the current political climate influence your theme decision?
It’s like last year when we did an exhibition on the female gaze – I want to cause a dialogue where people talk about fashion in a more profound, deep way. I believe that fashion is not superficial, it is a language, it’s the first thing we use to communicate who we are. I think in the past years with all the terms like “influencer” etc, I feel that the communication around fashion has been trivialised. So I see this festival as another way to approach fashion: in a more intellectual, more artistic way. I hope there will be a third, a fourth, a fifth edition – and I always want them to explore fashion in a way that’s related to society and culture, not just a pretty dress. It’s what Vogue Italia has always been interested in exploring, and I think that it’s great that our new editor-in-chief, Emanuele Farneti, is continuing the approach to fashion that was started by Franca Sozzani. Just like our September covers – with the two gay kisses – Italian Vogue is very current and relevant, and I think we don’t realise how people still think. When I shared that cover on Instagram, you have no idea how many negative comments we got. It shows that there are still so many issues, and fashion plays such an important role in opening up peoples minds. When you think about gender issues, political, social, cultural change – fashion has always been there to be a voice.