Wanted: The White Shirt

For long time I was associating the white shirt as part of my school Uniform and I could not get excited about it Then as a fashion editor, the white shirt became one of the items ‘every woman should own’, and I didn’t.


Picture the most famous supermodels lens by German photographer Peter Lindbergh sparked the phenomenon with a shot in American Vogue, August 1988, of in white shirts on the beach.


A white shirt can be very sexy. Think of Marilyn Monroe, photographed in a crisp white shirt and dark jeans by Eve Arnold on the set of The Misfits in 1961. Or Elizabeth Taylor, who decreed that “every woman should have a great white shirt in her wardrobe”. It is no coincidence that white shirts have been a recurring theme in model iconography.

  • Milan Fashion Week SS20 Antonio Marras

Valentino for Summer 2020 launched “Le Blanc” where a dedicated Made To Order service will allow you to customize a series of garments by choosing shapes, cuts and volumes by participating in the design in first person with the support of an individual tailoring service. Furthermore, the white shirt will be the protagonist of a further customization that will not only focus on the choice of fit, but also on the finishing, such as embroidery and particular processes.

The classic white shirt or blouse makes every woman look a little bit more French, which is never a bad thing.

Don’t know what to wear? Nine times out of ten, a crisp white T-shirt can solve the conundrum. Whether liberatingly loose and airy, or cut to flatter in ribbed, retro fabric, there’s something wonderfully straight-talking about putting a freshly-laundered wardrobe binder into service once again.

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