Rugged Style War—Rome: WWII-Era American Military Jackets from the Eternal City

Mirko DiGiovanni, Andrea Ventura, Photographs by David Petrini

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With their softened camouflage, sun-faded stencils, and well-worn insignia patches, this collection of more than 100 iconic WWII American military jackets will wow even the most hardcore connoisseurs and collectors. The cult-status jackets come from the collections of the authors, who are natives of Rome. This “eternal city,” universally defined as one of the largest “open-air sets” in the world, provides evocative backdrops for some of the pieces. In glamour poses shot off the usual tourist routes, 30 models-for-a-day put a distinctive spin on the jackets, mixing and matching them with rugged outfits. Part of the appeal of vintage military jackets is that each piece tells the story of the life it lived. This manifesto of post-WWII style encourages us to see its charms with new eyes.

Size: 8 1/2" x 12" | 630 color and b/w images | 304 pp
ISBN13: 9780764361302

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Mirko Di Giovanni was born and raised in Rome. He enlisted as a warrant officer in an Italian law enforcement agency and earned a law degree. He began collecting American vintage clothing in the late 1980s, focusing on military garments. Andrea Ventura was born in Rome and has worked as a creative director for communication agencies. His passion for vintage clothing leads to collaborations—as a graphic designer and style consultant—with high-end fashion brands. David Petrini, also born in Rome, was influenced by his father, an Associated Press photographer. A member of AIRF (Associazione Italiana Reporter Fotografici), his work mixes elements from classic documentary photography to portraiture.