The Heroine’s Journey of Francesca Interlenghi

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Preparing for an interview. I love discovering new worlds and different creative projects. Learning something new about fashion, art or photography it is always an exciting experience.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?  To live freely in order to express myself.

What is my greatest fear? Death. It is not about pain or suffering, it is more about the idea of the permanent end of this life. I do not know what will happen next and that is my greatest fear.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My dissatisfaction. I am never totally happy with what I do.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? The visionary fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto and the extraordinary creative mind Martin Margiela.

What is my greatest extravagance?  Walking barefoot whenever I want, even if I have to take part in a formal event.

On what occasion would I lie? I would lie to protect my son.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I do not like the exasperated rhythms imposed by the fashion system.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? The day I had an interview with the very famous Italian photographer Giovanni Gastel. He welcomed me as if he had always known me and allowed me to write a very introspective, delicate piece of poetry that I never get tired of reading.

If I could, what would I change about myself? My impulsivity because I know it is really counterproductive.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Having founded my web magazine The Dummys Tales http://www.thedummystales.com. A dream that came true four years ago when I decided to found it.

Where would I most like to live? I would love to be a citizen of the world and live like a nomad around the globe.

What is my most treasured possession? Samuele, my son. A lively six-year-old little boy who constantly teaches me the real meaning of life.

What is my most marked characteristic? I am a very determined person and I am incomparably resilient. Both essential to run my editorial project.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, a Milanese institution for producing and promoting contemporary art. Always a great source of inspiration.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? 10 Corso Como, the place dedicated to art, fashion and design and founded in 1990 by Carla Sozzani.

What books influenced my life and how? Uno, Nessuno, Centomilaby Italian dramatist, writer and poet Luigi Pirandello. It gave me the awareness that reality is not objective.Le città invisibiliby Italo Calvino because the main character of the book, Marco Polo, by describing the invisible cities taught me how complex and chaotic reality can be.

Who are my favorite writers? Talking about foreign literature: Philipp Roth, David Foster Wallace, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ernest Hemingway, John Fante, Gabriel García Márquez, Franz Kafka   but this could be an endless list.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? November by Mx Richter

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? The Bionic Woman, because of her superhuman bionic powers that I would like to own on certain days.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Women who struggle every day to establish themselves.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Ladri di biciclette by Vittorio De Sica, a milestone of Italian Neorealism.

What role plays art in my life and work? A fundamental role. I feel like I can add harmony and beauty to my life every time I stumble upon an artwork.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  My son. He always wants to know about my projects and supports me whenever I am in trouble.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?  I would like to meet the remarkable photographer Mustafa Sabbagh once again. I interviewed him last year but I would love to pose for one of his breathtaking projects.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? Every person who is creative in his own field is very interesting to me and that is the reason why I would love to meet as many people as possible.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I cannot wait to teach fashion and art at the university. I will start my course next September.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? On my web magazine The Dummys Tales http://www.thedummystales.com and on social media Facebook https://www.facebook.com/francesca.interlenghihttps://www.facebook.com/thedummystales and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/the_dummys_tales/

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That there is not a right time to express your talents. No, it is as good a time as any.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Francesca Lolli, Italian video artist and director. Theano Potamianou, founder of the Greek brand Aumorfia. Rita Capuni, Italian fashion designer.                                         

How can you contact me? You can write me here: francesca@thedummystales.com

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