Volume I

 
 
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Austrian-style Cafe Sabarsky in New York City on March 4th 2016.

Unidentified Madeleine

Sometimes we feel connected to elders that are not necessarily our ancestors, or not even people we met and were close to. Sometimes we just have a special connection with the idea of a certain generation who lived on a given spot on the planet. It’s just hard to understand why when a cultural world emotionally overwhelms you. It’s different from just liking something; it’s more about feeling a familial linage with someone when you don’t.  I guess a fantasy of where you could be from. 

Written by Haydée Touitou and Photographed by Sofia Nebiolo

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Adam and Eve ring by Joanne Burke.

Lady Joanne Beginner

The funny thing about a dinner party, when looking back, the food always seems so secondary.  In early October, at the arrival of dear Joanne Burke in Paris, such a dinner was organized. She kindly asked, " Could I possibly bring my magical companion Brunhilde ? We will be together you see and I think you all need to meet each other." The Skirt Chronicles being a platform for creative exchange, could not resist. 

Written by Sofia Nebiolo and Photographed by Camille Vivier

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A.P.C. wool sweater, Amin Kader crepe top, Margaret Howell skirt, "Plume" Hermes bag in brown swift calfskin, "Tank Solo" Cartier watch.

Saint Sulpice

The expression Sulpician style or said “Saint-Sulpice” style was invented in 1897 by Léon Bloy to describe“bondieuserie” such as saints statuettes or figurative scenes on stained-glass windows, with a somehow naive style and without any great genius. 

Styled by Sarah de Mavaleix and Photographed by Adrianna Glaviano

 

Volume II

 
At the foundry where Luna Paiva manufactures her pieces, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2017.

At the foundry where Luna Paiva manufactures her pieces, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2017.

The moon is illuminated by the sun, interview with Luna Paiva

What led you to the foundry? I found this amazing bronze foundry six years ago, and I met the three brothers who run it. We immediately started working on more than twenty different species of succulents and cacti. They are the fourth generation of founders and have made most of the sculptures that are in public parks, along with most of the monuments in Argentina.

Why did you choose this technique? It is the same lost wax technique sculptor first used during the Bronze Age. I find it extremely attractive because of its material fidelity, the mutability of the medium and the change in temperatures. The fact that it endures over time is also particularly interesting to me. 

Written by Haydée Touitou and Photographed by Luna Paiva & Martin Pisotti

Impossible beach to find on a map, Monte Argentario, Italy, May 2017.

Impossible beach to find on a map, Monte Argentario, Italy, May 2017.

Monte Argentario

The sea was all around us yet it was nowhere to be found. We followed a sign with the word
mare and an arrow pointing to the right. Emerging from the water, a mermaid that doesn't
like to swim.

Joanne is wearing a J.W Anderson pleated gauze dress, jewels model’s own.

Photographed by Gillian Garcia and Styled by Sarah de Mavaleix

Model Joanne Burke

Da Isa Pizzeria, Tokyo, Japan, April 2017.

Da Isa Pizzeria, Tokyo, Japan, April 2017.

How deep is your love?

The word artisan does not quite capture the totality of dedication and cultural reverence embedded in the Japanese word shokunin. This word represents a person’s full commitment to every detail of their craft, whether they are an author, a musician or a pizzaiolo.

The term pizzaiolo appears for the first time in a document dated August 12th 1799, in which a young pizza chef makes an appeal to the Polizia Generale of Naples, as a result of the prejudices suffered by his trade during the Parthenopoeian Republic.

Written and Photographed by Sofia Nebiolo

 

Volume III

 
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Little Grey Boxes, interview with Margaret Howell

"I was always very interested in the making of things, and I wanted to have something a bit bigger and somehow more permanent. I used to go to jumble sales and that is where I found this beautiful shirt: very short, softened with age, made of very good quality cloth, and tiny stitching. It was beautifully made and I thought, I would like to make a shirt like this. I used to make my own clothes and I used to make shirts for myself as opposed to a blouse or something like that. I always had a love of the construction, of all the little bits to a shirt. These kinds of classic traditions that are long-standing inspired me to start producing shirts."

Interview by Sofia Nebiolo, Styled by Sarah de Mavaleix and Photographed by Alexandre Khondji

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La Donna sulla Nave, interview with Cristina Casini

"There have been real destinations like Anafi and Palermo. Anafi for me represents more a spirit of freedom and of holidays but I don't necessarily take inspiration from them. Even Palermo, it was more an atmosphere and a certain type of light, things that we like, such as a spirit which is a bit decadent but also modern. We always start with the materials. We look at them and then think, “what can that become?"

Interview & Styled by Sarah de Mavaleix and Photographed by Tim Elkaïm

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Mercer between Spring and Prince

Metzner photographed Jacqueline wearing a black Alaïa shell, floating in a space dominated by sculptures, towering racks, and partitions that were objets d’art in themselves. In one image, she lies atop a bronze sculpture with the letters CVJ, for “Come Va Jacqueline?” emblazoned under its head—the letters echoing the “AA”s painted on the coffin-like glass cases, which Schnabel had created by transforming sculptures he had originally made in 1986, as part of a conceptual tomb to honor the German artist Josef Beuys. “One thing gets born out of another,” he said.

Written by Christopher Niquet and Photographed by Sheila Metzner

 

Volume IV

You can listen to the sound of Volume IV by clicking here.

 
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Stones Patla Kijie, interview with Catherine Levy

“The idea with Dorette is that you can wear the pieces all the time—when you do your gardening, when you do the dishes. It’s jewelry you cannot lose. I am not going to start adding security devices to the jewelry because you can always see those. You increase your chances of losing them if you take them off and put them back on.”

Interview by The Skirt Chronicles, Photographed by Marie Déhé and Styled by Sarah de Mavaleix

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Holy Water

My first encounter with the Greek islands was in 1980 at the tender age of one. I believe it was the island of Skiathos that initiated this relationship that has stood the test of time for thirty-nine years now. That was the first time I got baptized in the holy waters of the Aegean; the first time the sea accepted my body as a sacrifice.

Written and Photographed by Chris Kontos

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Eleanor Coppola

The people that don’t seek the spotlight tend to be the most intriguing. Eleanor Coppola is one of these. She has documented the creative ups and downs of her large family of artists, but has also managed to remain on the sidelines of fame with respect to her own artistic practice.Best known for her critically acclaimed documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, few people know her as the multidisciplinary artists she is. The powerful body of work she has created, independently of her family's movie making business, has been challenging the limits of what art can be since the 1960’s. Now in her eighth decade, she is the latest member of the artistic Coppola clan to enter the movie making world and is putting a life’s worth of creation into storytelling.


Interview by Christopher Niquet, Photographs courtesy of Eleanor Coppola