Roberto Capucci is one of today’s most inflectional artist-couturiers. Through the audio tour I learned compelling facts about how Capucci became such an international sensation as a successful designer. I was so tempted to touch the various textiles that he used but I reminded myself that I was not in a couture dress salon but in an art museum. His silhouettes are truly one-of-a kind art forms. In the 1950s he started off his career at a young age and Cupucci helped put Italy on the map in the world of modern fashion.
The exhibit was arranged in chronological order creating a timeline through his designs. In the early 1950s many of his dresses were monochromatic but he started using many colors in his designs. In the 1970s his sculpture dresses were revolutionary using objects such as bamboo, straw, brass and pebbles mixed with fine fabrics.Nature is a big inspiration in his work along with architecture. This really shines through to his work.
See the wonderful craftsmanship up close on your own tour of the exhibit. Check out the website for ticket information. Don’t forget to order tickets a head of time because PIFA will draw a big crowd.
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Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nove Gonne (Nine Skirts), 1956, By Roberto Ca pucci (Italian, b. 1930). Sala Bianca Palazzo Pitti Florence. Sculpture-dress, ‘bello’ red silk taf feta, overlapping elements on the skirt. Claudia Primangeli / L.e C. Service