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Despite starting her career in the 90s, as a stylist and fashion editor at Italian Vogue, today Manuela Pavesi is celebrated for her work as a photographer, following in the footsteps of Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Irving Penn, whom she worked with whilst at Vogue. Channelling 1920s absurdist humour, her shoot for The Wise Up Issue featured a trouser-less model (raising his glass of champagne, whilst sitting at the dining room table), an ancient suit of armour, and a feathered fan. Now the owner of Villa Zani, the Italian setting for Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The 120 Days of Sodom, Manuela memorialised the 16th century building in a haunting collaboration with artist Francesco Vezzoli. Currently based in Mantua, Manuela is also a close friend and the right hand of Miuccia Prada, acting as fashion coordinator for the brand. This is the woman who once wore a polkadot jacket, pyjamas and a pair of wedges to work; there’s nothing she can’t do.








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