Flavio Lucchini was born in 1928, in Mantua, Italy. Lucchini attended Milan Polytechnic in the the faculty of Architecture and later studied at the Brera Arts Academy.
In the 1960’s he worked as a graphic designer and gained a reputation for his unique avant-garde work. In 1979 he collaborated with Corriere della Sera and created Edimoda, the first Italian publishing group specialized in high-target fashion publications. He created Donna, Mondo Uomo,Moda and other magazines that have influenced the content and the aesthetics of women’s magazines of the past decade.
From 1965 to 1979, on behalf of Condè Nast, he launched Vogue Italia and created all the new magazines of the group (L’Uomo Vogue, Casa Vogue, Vogue Bambini, Lei-Glamour ecc). Lucchini is known as the most influential character in fashion editing. He continues to scout and support many young artists that will become stylists, photographers and successful journalists.
In 1993 became a temporary consultant of of Condè Nast Italy. After this he left all his important commissions and began to deepen explore the relationships between art and fashion. For several years Lucchini began to experiment with technique and materials, allowing him to accumulate works – mostly sculptures and bass-relief, of great pathos and with an ever-present sense of irony.
“I move from classicism and new pop, in a sort of direct line between Canova and Jeff Koons. I’m interested in mystery, the magic of fashion, to glorify it and at the same time to desecrate it”.
After 15 years of isolating himself in his studio, perfecting his works, he participated in his first exhibition. In 2004 he publishes the book “Dress-Art”, a life in fashion. In 2010 “From Fashion to Art: the Vogue Lesson” curated by Luca Beatrice, Edizioni Skira.
In 2011 he is invited to Venice Biennale, to represent the Italian Pavillion. In 2012 he exhibits more than one hundred works in the anthological and institutional exhibition “On the dream of the body ‘living’” at the Palazzo Ducale, Sabbioneta (Mantua, Italy).
In 2018 he published “Cahier”, an artist’s booklet signed and numbered in a limited edition of 100 copies, with original drawings inspired by the collections of Armani, Gigli, Versace of the early 90’s and “Il Destino – I had to be a farmer but I met fashion (and I’m not a fashion designer)”, an autobiographical book on the golden years of fashion and the experience of art in 90 memories.
Lucchini, currently, divides his time between Milan, where he has his studio, and Paris, where in his Saint-Germain home-gallery he focuses completely on his art.