Summer Vintage: Death in Venice

Luchino Visconti’s “Death in Venice” (1971), based on Thomas Mann’s classic novel, is a masterpiece of excellent visual style. Although it describes the struggle within the soul of a man, it provides the viewers with breathtaking images of Venice during the 1910’s. An avant-garde composer travels to the island of Lido in order to find peace and repose. There he meets a boy by whose beauty he becomes obsessed. Although the two of them never speak, the composer’s love for the boy consumes him in a way that makes beauty seem dangerous and corruptive.

Visconti has an excellent way to recreate lush period detail and aristocratic style. The color photography by Pasqualino de Santis, and the costumes by Piero Tosi are magnificent. Resort wear and beachwear of that era are shown in great variety and the classic navy stripes inspire us in our own seek of eternal beauty.

Mary Giatra
Special thanks to Dada Ioannidou for her significant guidance.

 Get the look

1. Jenny striped cotton top  55 EUR, J.CREW
2. Vintage cotton-twill shorts 103 EUR Splendid
3. Okra metallic leather wing sandals 298 EUR, Ancient Greek Sandals
You can find all the above at

1. Jenny striped cotton top  55 EUR, J.CREW  (
2. New Boymuda cotton-blend eyelet shorts, 322 EUR, Diane Von Furstenberg  (
3. Cartwheel hat with grosgrain band  29.95 EUR, Zara
4. studded ankle strap sandal 35.95 EUR, Zara

1. Striped cashmere sweater 270 EUR, J.CREW  (
2. Denim shorts 19,95 EUR, H&M
3. Paper braid trilby 19 EUR, Accessorize
4. Canvas classic espadrilles 48.39 EUR, TOMS, Theory (2 P. Ioakem str., Kolonaki, Athens, p.: 210.723.8981)