Original title: Cinque sorelle
“Whatever Fendi does it must be distinguishable, it must stand apart, it must have its own identity” – Paola Fendi
The true story of Fendi family who founded a fashion brand emblem of Italian elegance in the world, symbol of creativity, tradition and style.
Rome, 1918: Adele Casagrande launches her own leather and fur workshop. In 1925 she marries Edoardo Fendi, and the couple open a small boutique next door. Thanks to Adele’s vision and determination, the Fendi atelier quickly becomes a success in Italy and abroad, starting to attract more and more women of high society. Maddalena Splendori is one of them. Coming from humble roots, Maddalena has made her way by becoming the model of the English painter John William Godward, with whom she had a turbulent love story, and she is now married to an about-to be Italian minister.
Maddalena and Adele immediately recognize each other as similar: they have the same nonconformist, bohemian and passionate spirit. They forge a friendship so deep as to bind several generations of women. Maddalena’s female descentas will work closely as models with the Fendis throughout the years, while Adele’s vision passes on to her five brilliant daughters, Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla and Alda. All of them together, thanks to the enduring partnership with Karl Lagerfeld, will make the brand a true and revolutionary icon of international luxury.
Spanning ninety eventful years in Fendi’s family life, Five Sisters takes the readers inside the workrooms of Fendi’s maison, following its evolution from a small family business nestled in the splendor of early 20th century Rome to the current global luxury powerhouse famed for its innovation and bold style. A novel about family, womanhood and friendship that revives the extraordinary legacy of a powerful female dynasty.