Bikini Fashion: The Mia Benedetta Collection at Coccaro Beach

We proudly present: Mia Benedetta, famous italian actress and beachwear designer. This summer You’ll find the most beautiful pieces of her latest collection at the Coccaro Beach Boutique – you should definitely pass by to have a look! Here’s something you might not know about the artist living in Rome and going back and forth to Puglia whenever possible, not only for work (these days she’s making a new film all around Monopoli) or her puglian ancestors by the way: The actress lost her heart in Bari.

(Mia trying vintage dresses for a new film)

“I was born in Rome but my father is originally from Puglia, my roots are reaching as far as Monopoli. Remember the beautiful old cinema there, Radar, in the storic center? Right there, exactly. I’m an actress, started off with Mauro Bolognini at Casa Ricordi, a TV movie with dresses from the early 1900s. At the time I couldn’t get enough of trying all these beautiful outfits on, we used to meet up at the Roman tailor Tirelli and I just adored the beauty and the elegance of the business. That is why I never let go fashion, it always has been and always will be one of my greatest passions beside acting and cinema. My main focus is the past: The beachwear I’m designing (summer 2012 is my 9th collection already!) brings up memories of old Esther Williams musicals; some might recognize allusions to Billy Wilder comedies. The italian comedies of the 60ies inspired me a lot, too (“Poveri ma belli”).

(One of Mia’s retro models)

What I do is design never more than 10 pieces per season. This way I can work the way I like it: Take my time to chose the right material and the best tailors, all of them retro style for as much as possible. I’m coming to Puglia every summer, not only for pleasure but more and more often even to make films. It definitely is an up and coming region for many reasons. My favorite place, needless to say, is the area of Capitolo and Savelletri where, sitting down in front of a pasta& Ricci dish, at notorious “Forcatella”, for example, my heart feels like home.”

(Bathing Suit out of lace and lycra, collection 2012)