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Le Silver – An Italian Oral History of the Nike Air Max 97
Lodovico Pignatti Morano [see all titles]
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Lodovico Pignatti Morano Le Silver An Italian Oral History of the Nike Air Max 97
Published by Kaleidoscope, Milan.
published in May 2017
English edition
12 x 20 cm (softcover)
152 pages (color ill.)
ISBN: 978-2-84066-956-2
EAN: 9782840669562
out of print
Originally a report commissioned by Nike, the book tells the story of the Air Max 97 phenomenon in Italy in the late 90s and early 00s, through the voices of those who wore the shoe with the greatest obsessiveness. In doing so, it becomes a snapshot of the attitude of late '90s Italian urban culture.
In the fall of 1997, Nike released the Air Max 97, a reflective silver shoe created by a young internal designer the bulk of whose previous experience lay in elite-level football boots. The shoe sold well globally without ever accruing the strong cultural associations achieved by previous Air Max models such as the 90, BW Classic and 95. Except in Italy. In Italy, the shoe was first adopted en-masse by underground scenes before being discovered by the Milanese fashion system and going on to become an unprecedented commercial success, seeping through to every city, province and demographic in the country.
Lodovico Pignatti Morano is a Milan-based writer. He is the author of the novel Nicola, Milan (Semiotext(e), Los Angeles, 2014) as well as author and editor of Cinelli: the Art and Design of the Bicycle (Rizzoli New York, New York, 2012) and editor of Ideas from Massimo Osti (Damiani Editore, Bologna, 2012).