After a summer filled with couture appearances and walking top cruise shows, Italian Adele Aldighieri made a splash before her exclusive spot for Versace ushered her into another level of esteem. Her continued domination in Milan and Paris walking for Ports 1961, Chanel, and Givenchy brought her on the radar of industry vets and our editors for Models.com’s Top Newcomers S/S 22 season and it seems, to the top of a handful of top photographers casting lists as well. Collier Schorr, David Sims, and Quentin De Briey have all worked with Aldighieri as she collects influential clients like Zara and tearsheets from Self Service and M Le magazine du Monde. We spoke briefly to Aldighieri about how she managed to get scouted during COVID, how she maintains balance outside of modeling and working with clients she used to dream about.

How was the experience shooting with Quentin De Briey for Self Service?
Shooting for Self Service was a lifetime dream that has come through. Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by fashion magazines that I used to find in my mother’s clothing store in a small town in Veneto. I was totally carried away by those beautiful images. As if by magic, I too found myself posing for such an incredible photographer like Quentin De Brey, who normally portrays absolute stars, for a deeply inspirational story.

Where are you from and how did you get scouted at first?
My town is Bassano del Grappa in Veneto, a nice and cozy place where I spent a serene childhood and adolescence.
After finishing high school, I decided that I wanted something more but all the Covid restrictions came up and I got stuck there for a while. As a sign of fate and out of the blue, I was contacted on Instagram by Fabbrica Milano, my mother agency that has always been focused on scouting Italian girls. We set up a zoom call and I immediately felt like family.

I’m sure you have so many, but what have been your most favorite moments in your career?
I know that it will sound obvious but my debut show with Versace was a moment full of emotional value. In the collective imagination, Versace has always had a strong image, in Italy and throughout the World, and has always been identified as a fashion icon. It was an honor for me

I’m sure you have so many, but what have been your most favorite moments in your career?
I know that it will sound obvious but my debut show with Versace was a moment full of emotional value. In the collective imagination, Versace has always had a strong image, in Italy and throughout the World, and has always been identified as a fashion icon. It was an honor for me to be chosen to represent its values.

When you’re not modeling, what mostly takes up your time?
It will probably be less obvious that I spend a lot of time crocheting. It is a real art that has been handed down from my grandmother, through my mother, to get to me. Crochet can make me relax completely and prevent stress from building up. When I have time to be with my mother, who is very little lately, I like to help her in her shop in my hometown. It makes me feel like I am her little baby again.

What’s one thing people may be surprised to find out about you?
I know it will be hard to believe, but in the kitchen, I am a real marvel. My Pasta e fasul or “pasta with beans” is truly unbeatable. I invite everyone to try it!