«To appreciate Germana Marucelli one must know of her position
in the world of art and culture, of her untiring efforts to hire and
encourage young avant-garde artists and writers… of her intelligence,
of what she calls her “radar”
trends of style and taste which will be epoch making (the New Look, which
Dior later launched; the Empire Line, and so on) and to perceive the true
qualities of the artists with whom she surrounds herself. Last year
she received a gold medal in Rimini for her patronage of the arts.
She is the friend of painters, critics, writers, poets».
Lara Vinca Masini
joint work with artists
Since her beginnings in the fashion world, Germana Marucelli established ongoing dialogues with the artists of her time, often leading to fruitful collaborations. Contemporary art helped her find a way to “show off a completely new woman”. Commenting on some of Germana’s collections, fashion critic and writer Irene Brin noted that:
«Germana is… true to herself, because she constantly keeps herself up to date through her connections with artists».
In his 1969 foreword to the catalogue of the exhibition Germana Marucelli creatrice di moda e Getulio Alviani ideatore plastico, Gillo Dorfles maintained that:
«One thing is for sure: Germana has been one of the few fashion creators to always keep up to date, and keenly so, with contemporary works of pure art».
Among the other artists she collaborated with there was Massimo Campigli who, in addition to designing the patterns for a 1951 collection of hers, made a portrait of Germana Marucelli that was exhibited in 1953 at the group exhibition Il Ritratto della Signora Milanese dal Millenovecento a oggi. He also designed the invitation cards for the fashion shows at her atelier.