Upon completion of her degree in Italian Literature and Art History and attending the Domus Academy in Milan, Anna’s rise in the fashion industry was swift. After spending just one month at Donna Magazine, Anna met Annalisa Milella, who at the time was working with Vogue Italia. After only 8 months of collaboration, Dello Russo found herself there too. She spent 18 years as a part of the Italia family, working at both Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue and in 2006, she parted ways and began to work freelance.
Officially, Anna has said that she was tired of working in men’s fashion and wanted to get back to her roots, but rumor has it that her activity as a professional consultant was hindering her relationships at the magazine. Dello Russo’s client list is said to be only important and international clients, but she keeps it very private in efforts to not outshadow the brand’s fame. As fashion director and creative consultant for Vogue Nippon, she still has an office in the Milanese quarter of Conde Nast but spends most of her time contributing to the creative vision and branding of designers and fashion houses alike.
Despite her grand contributions to the international fashion community, Dello Russo is best known for her impressive wardrobe and incomprehensible fashion collection. Obsessed with image, Dello Russo admits that clothes are like a disease for her. She doesn’t just shop, she collects – buying clothing she might only wear once, if ever. She has an obsession with jewelry and accessories, including a collection of over 4000 pairs of shoes. She keeps a display window of her favorite shoes and another for jewelry in one of her homes. She keeps a separate apartment exclusively for her clothing. Everything is tagged and enveloped, and she keeps very accurate archives and dreams of one day having her own foundation.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.