Francesco Vezzoli (1971). Fashion designer, an expert on embroidery and arte povera. He was a pupil of Alighiero Boetti. The techniques of petit-point embroidery and the art of pillow lace were the foundations of his artistic research. A revival, in a high fashion version, of the age-old techniques of embroidery that today survive in Italy only in Burano and in small towns in the center and south of the country. Vezzoli featured his creations in ironic videoperformances that involved legendary protagonists such as Audrey Hepburn, Veruschka, Silvana Mangano and Valentina Cortese. These techniques led to the creation of one-off or personalized items, occasionally through simple details or accessories such as hand-made handbags, to be worn with designer evening gowns.