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With the exhibition “Francesco Ballestrazzi. Not Just a Fairy Tale”, Portugal welcomes, for the first time, the work of one of the most original and talented milliners of today.

Francesco Ballestrazzi was born in Carpi, a municipality in the region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, known for its cultural heritage and beautiful natural landscapes, elements that had great influence on the development of this creator’s personality and sensibility.

In Milan, where he lives and works, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera, after which he began his professional career, first as an illustrator of children’s books, then through a fleeting experience in the world of dance and finally entering the world of fashion. Collaborations with major designers and fashion labels such as Alexander McQueen or Moschino brought him renewed knowledge and experience, to which he added a greater creative freedom.

Looking to make a journey of discovery to his creative “Self”, in 2011, Francesco Ballestrazzi launched the label “Francesco Ballestrazzi Hats & Creations”, with which he started to give shape to what would become visual expressions of his dreams and inspirations.

Divided into 10 different collections and featuring 72 pieces, produced between 2013 and 2021, the exhibition “Not Just a Fairy Tale” invites us to embark on a dream and fantasy journey to Francesco Ballestrazzi’s alternative universes.

Patent at the Hat Museum from october 11 2021 to may 2  2022.

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