So much for Italian style! Photographer's peek inside Milan's wardrobes reveals they have just as many fashion disasters as the rest of us
Award-winning Italian photographer Pietro Baroni took series of photographs in Milan – entitled Milan Closets
11:58 GMT, 14 November 2012
Are you a folder, a stacker, a hanger, a shover-inner or a hide-away-in-a-drawer kind of person
Exactly how you keep your clothes – and therefore just how tidy your wardrobe is – says a lot about a person.
And one award-winning Italian photographer, Pietro Baroni, set out to explore just how much, taking a series of very intimate photographs of some residents of Milan next to their closets, giving the viewer a snapshot into each subject's life.
And regardless of what we know about Italian style, it seems the people of Italy's fashion capital have just as many fashion disasters as the rest of us….
The Student: Chiara, a student in Milan, opens her white wardrobe in her pink room and shows the photographer her shoe collection
Baroni travelled all over the Italian city (known for its designer gear and luxury goods) on the hunt for a variety of different people whose styles and fashion blunders would provide an insight into their characters.
On his journey he met a wide range of clothes-keepers – women, men, couples and teenagers – each of whom had a wardrobe with a totally unique story to tell.
There is Chaira the student, whose pink
bedroom contains a white wardrobe full of high-heeled shoes; Denise the
fancy-dress fanatic whose large cupboard is stuffed full of Hello Kitty
get-ups and anime outfits; Glenda the entrepreneur who shares her
bedroom with a cat and dachshund, but keeps her wardrobe to herself and crams it with colourful
dresses and hats; and Suni the glass artist, whose wardrobe is in her
Baroni also found two retired couples with contrasting closets, a PR man with a fascination with air travel, two journalists – one male, one female – with completely different ways of organising their clothes, a priest, a pair of tattoo artists and a couple of teenage girls.
The Cosplayer: Denise the cosplayer (someone who dresses up like an anime character) poses in one of her skimpiest outfits beside a box of Hello Kitty paraphernalia
The unique collection of images, dubbed Milan Closets, has earned the
35-year-old an honourable mention in the People Lifestyle category of
the 2012 International Photography Awards.
He said: 'To the rest of the world Milan is one of the main references for fashion and luxury brands. The true vision of the everyday is almost blocked and hidden by the big names in fashion and design. For this project I wanted to photograph the ordinary Milanese people in front of their open closets.
'They are all different ages, genders, social classes and professions
because I wanted to create a collage of a mixed city that hides its most
intriguing side. I have tried to find and am still continuing to look for these extraordinary people.'
The Entrepreneur: Standing with her cat and dachshund, entrepreneur Glenda, an entrepreneur has a neat wardrobe with a sign reading 'vanity kills' and plenty of hats
The artist: Glass artist Suni keeps her clothes next to her paint cupboard
The Journalist: Busy at work on her MacBook, journalist Annarita has piles of outfits for every occasion
The In-Between-Jobber: Denise, unemployed, stands beside her mahogany wardrobe that doubles as a TV stand
The Fitness Enthusiast: Marina the sportswoman stands next to her boxing stand in front of a wardrobe stacked with colourful clothes
The ICT Consultant: Computer whiz Miriam and her husband Claudio, a municipal employee, display their double wardrobe, stuffed with leather jackets and books
The Restauranteurs: The wardrobe of Andrea and Danila, restaurant owners, reveals that he likes checked shirts while she favours floaty patterned tops
The Retired Couple: Pensioners Francesco and Silvana share a very neat mahogany wardrobe
The Teenage Girls: Marta and Emma, students, have wardrobes full of jumbled clothes, books, games and boxes
The Body Artists: GP and Alicia, body artists, have dispensed with a wardrobe and just have their belongings on shelves and pegs
The Pensioners: The Continis are well-prepared for a chilly Italian winter with a wardrobe full of coats
The Male Journalist: Massimiliano's meticulously tidy wardrobe is compartmentalised into jackets, T-shirts, jeans and shirts
The Insurance Man: Adelmo, who works in insurance, has a minimalist wardrobe to go with his minimalist house
The Preist: Don Edy, an Italian priest, has little need for many clothes
The PR Man: Communications manager Massimo evidently has a passion for flying