Emanuela Di Filippo was born in Rome in 1984. Studied Fine Art in Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain and qualified as a QTS teacher in England in 2012. Public collections include more than five Saatchi Art's online collections (2014 - 2016): Original $500 and Under Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage online curated by Rebecca Wilson, New Drawings $500 and Under Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage “Inspired by Fashion”. Collective museum exhibitions include Academy of Fine Art, Rome, Italy (2005), Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, Italy (2003). Selected Publications include List of Recent Dress Exhibitions, Emanuela Di Filippo:Tribute to Biba, Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend On Sea, The Costume Society of Great Britain, Edinburgh University Press, Mar. (2017). Inspired by Biba: oil pastel fashion, The Observer, Feb. 4 (2018). Solo Museum exhibitions include "The Romford look: the art of high street fashion", Havering Museum, London, England (2015), "Tribute to BIBA", Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, England (2016) "Biba in the Studio", Worthing Museum, Worthing, England (2017), "Biba Inspiration", City Hall, The Vestibules, Bristol, England (2018) and “A glimpse into Art & Biba Fashion”, Kingston Museum, Kingston Upon Thames (2018). Di Filippo currently lives and works in Rome and in UK.
From London to Rome: Tribute to Biba. Art & Fashion.
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."
From London to Rome: Tribute to Biba. Art & Fashion, consists of a series of Biba new originals taken from Di Filippo's Biba pastels.For this exhibition she has selected a series of pastels on paper of different sizes that will be simply displayed inside this fascinating Italian art rooms. It is a brief colourful summary of her 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”.