Posted in Archive, on September 22, 2015

The 'Sahariana' was the field jacket worn by the Italian Police in Africa during World War Two. The garment was long enough to cover one's hips, had four pockets and epaulets as well as having the collar and cuffs of a shirt, while consistently being characterised by its waist belt.

Massimo took the basic model and reinvented it by introducing details from other designs; using shapes and constructions from British officer's uniforms, hunting jackets and other field jackets from his archive.

The jacket would go on to feature in a variety of publications including the Raw Linen version in L'Uomo Vogue's 1990 April issue (as pictured above), while the design would be developed throughout a number of collections, including the piece featured in the C.P. Company Magazine for SS '89.

Osti's variations on the theme of the original Sahariana demonstrated his ability to enrich the smallest of details, such as a transversal cut, the button hole of a collar, or even a small modification to the fold of a cuff.

Through passionately studying individual details of pieces from his archive, Massimo subtly restructured simple garments and forms to give them a new identity throughout his time as owner, designer, and creative director of C.P. Company.

(Images courtesy of the Massimo Osti Archive)