Cameron Silver guides us through the history of the caftan (in men's wardrobes as well)
Edition 106
Place of the event
Lounge Filippo (Padiglione Centrale, Top Floor)
Date of the event
13.06.2024 16:00
Cameron Silver, the proprietor of the renowned vintage boutique Decades in LA, presents at Pitti Uomo his new book, "Caftans: From Classical to Camp." This enchanting book, featuring over 200 images, reveals why caftans never fade from vogue. From the chitons depicted on urns and murals in ancient Greece and Rome to the diaphanous versions wafting down today’s red carpets, the caftan appears in every era and culture, ranging in style from loungewear to haute couture.

Silver, who spans the world in search of vintage couture and dresses celebrities for the red carpet, guides us expertly through all the manifestations of this garment: “Caftan Couture” presents creations by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Marc Bohan for Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Emilio Pucci, Rudi Gernreich, and Oscar de la Renta; “Caftan Stars” showcases caftans worn in films, concerts, and on the red carpet, as well as at home—think Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Natalie Wood, Barbara Streisand, Princess Grace of Monaco, Jacqueline Kennedy, Liza Minnelli, Nina Simone, Billy Porter, and Jennifer Lopez; “Mantans” reveals men’s growing penchant for wearing caftans; “Resort” focuses on the colorful, lightweight versions that are the go-to garments when on holiday; “Caftan Capital” highlights the iconic caftans of Morocco; and “Caftans Today” documents the current embrace of caftans as the ultimate multigenerational, size-inclusive, gender-fluid, cross-cultural, populist items in our wardrobes. 

The book presented at Pitti Uomo is not Silver's first; his talent has also led him to curate a museum exhibition for MOCA, design a collection of statement footwear inspired by the 1950s–1980s, write for major fashion publications, and star in a famous reality show. In his previous book, "Decades: A Century of Fashion," he celebrates his passion for vintage fashion.

The presentation and book signing of "Caftans: From Classical to Camp" will take place in the Filippo Lounge (Central Pavilion, Top Floor) on Thursday, June 13 at 4 PM. The author will be in conversation with Fabiana Giacomotti.