1960s Fashion Photography Masterclass in Milan, Italy : February 17-20, 2023 in partnership with Carla Sozzani Gallery


TUITION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS (On Scholarship: Must be a recent college graduate in photography, art direction, or fashion styling): $2200.00 USD


Maximum 4 students TOTAL


From February 17-20, 2023 in Milan, Italy, Mark de Paola presents an intensive masterclass on 1960s fashion photography.

In partnership with the upcoming Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell exhibition presented at the Carla Sozzani Gallery at 10 Corso Como, students will have the unique opportunity to attend an intensive 4-day masterclass immersed in 1960s fashion photography through lectures, real-life editorial assisting for L'Officiel Italia, as well as shooting their own 1960s inspired editorial shoot in the streets of Milan. 



- The influence of 1960s fashion to the world.

- Shooting high fashion editorial

- Fashion portfolio image curation and editing

- Fashion as art.



- Assist Mark de Paola on a real L'Officiel Italia editorial styled with delicate and unique archive pieces by Ossie Clark from the precious exhibit and archive around the iconic 10 Corso Como facades.
- Attend lectures on the pivotal 1960s era in high fashion design and photography.
- Shoot a 1960s inspired editorial directed by Mark de Paola and styled by Alessia Caliendo
- Receive one on one portfolio feedback.



Stylized geometries, floral bouquets and patterns inspired by art (ranging from medieval tapestries to Ballets Russes to all the Cubist avant-garde and pointillism): Ossie Clark defined the
language of Swinging London with his long, colorful, fluid clothes.
With his unmistakable “flower power” style and one step ahead of new trends, Ossie was called the "King of Kings Road" thanks to his 1930s and 40s-inspired dresses with a slender cut that revealed the décolleté amidst sensual movements and plays on transparency. His short, but very intense, career left its mark in London in the period from 1965 to 1974,1 between Mary Quant's miniskirt and the subversive punk movement of Malcolm MacLaren and Vivienne Westwood. Clark and his wife Celia Birtwell (Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, from David Hockney's famous painting at Tate Britain, 1970-71) came to define the bohemian neighbourhood of West London that was home to the new generation of brilliant and revolutionary youth.
Celia drew prints on light crêpes, silks and chiffons, and Ossie transformed them into
clothes that immediately conquered the international jet-set and the pop scene. From Brigitte
Bardot to Liz Taylor or Verushka, everyone was fascinated by their fashion. Mick Jagger, Brian
Jones, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Marianne Faithfull, Anita Pallenberg, Eric Clapton, George
Harrison, Bianca Jagger, Marisa Berenson: these are just some of the people that Ossie Clark
dressed. When Hockney painted Ossie and Celia in their Notting Hill home, he depicted a
snapshot of modern life, a perfect representation of the world of Clark and Birtwell, whose projects embodied a new, courageous way of life. Ossie was also the first designer to reconsider the idea of "occasion": for him, evening dresses could be worn during the day and vice versa, while he invented the nude look with his transparent chiffon. 


Email the following application materials to info@depaolapictures.com to apply for 1960s Fashion 2023 Masterclass.
- Biography
- Work portfolio (20-25 pieces/images)
- Written essay: Why are you taking this course? (max 500 words)




Mark de Paola is a New York City-based fine art and fashion photographer with over 30 years of experience shooting campaign and fine art commissions for the likes of Vogue Spain, Vogue Mexico, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, David Koma, Roksanda, and Saint Laurent. 

De Paola has directed several hundred television spots in the fashion/beauty sector including those for Giorgio RED Perfume (Bergdorf Goodman windows and MoMA NY), Ducati, Leica Camera, Sony, Neutrogena, and Ford Motorsports. 


De Paola's fine art work is included in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Getty in Los Angeles, the San Diego Center of Photographic Arts, and the TOP Museum in Tokyo. His photography monographs Recent Work I (2018), Recent Work II (2019), and Five Years and Sixty Seconds (2020) can be found with Leica Camera retailers in major cities worldwide. De Paola's solo exhibitions have traveled around the world including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dali (China), Tokyo, Milan (Triennale Museum), and at home in New York City. 


De Paola's pictorialist work as a still and motion artist has been driven by his studies of the neurobiology and cognitive psychology of human vision.



Alessia Caliendo is a Producer, Stylist, Photo Editor, Project Leader, Talent Developer and Lecturer. She was trained at IED Rome, then she moved to London to specialize in Fashion Styling, Art Direction, and Fashion Journalism at Central Saint Martins. She has several international publications, advertising campaigns, music videos, and celebrity works to her credit. She is a lecturer at Polimoda and IED - European Institute of Design, where she teaches visual content curation, fashion production and fashion styling.She regularly delivers workshops and lectures for renowned photography institutes such as Leica Akademie in New York, and ISFCI - Istituto Superiore di Fotografia and SDA Bocconi in Milan. In 2018 she joined Condé Nast to produce contents for Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, Glamour and GQ and lectured at Condé Nast Academy.

Since 2020 she professionally trained as photo editor to complete and cover all the fields related to visual production and content curation.


Her research spans across different fields of the visual art and fashion, from photography to contemporary aesthetics. Images and writing are a fundamental part of her practice to collect and imprint collective memories.