|Photojournalist and stylist Nally Bellati was
born in Italy and raised in England. She is married to Italian
photographer and interior designer Conte Manfredi Bellati and
resides in an 18th-century farmhouse in the Veneto with their
two Jack Russell terriers Pixel and Jpg. Periodically she
visits her son Bartolomeo in New York. She continues to work
in Milan, Florence and Venice.
After finishing her studies in London, Bellati moved to
Paris, where she worked as a photographic stylist. In 1968 she
moved to Milan. Her first assignment there was for Fiorucci,
the world-renown, Milan-based, shop for innovative style, as a
buyer/designer, creating some of the signature fashion
statements associated with that firm. At the same time she
also worked as the Italian liaison for Biba of London at the
height of the designer/retailer’s fame. Later, she served as
Italian public relations representative for the American
fashion company Pinky and Dianne/Private Label.
Encouraged by her husband, Bellati began to use a camera.
Her first work, published in Vogue Italia in 1978, were social
party portraits, which she continues to do today. Soon after,
L’Uomo Vogue, the men’s fashion magazine, hired her for her
first feature: portraits of famous men in their pajamas.
Throughout the 1980’s and 1990s Nally Bellati has contributed
photographs and features to all major Italian magazines as
well as by-lined columns in Harper’s Bazaar Uomo and L’Uomo
Vogue. Today she works directly as a society photographer with
fashion houses, design companies and various corporations and
her candid party pictures are distributed to many newspapers
and magazines around the world.
Bellati wrote the book NEW ITALIAN DESIGN (Rizzoli, N.Y.
1990) a fresh study of new names and designs coming out of the
internationally renowned Italian design scene. It was
translated into four languages. She has also researched,
styled and written sections for several other books.