02 December 2014 > 03 May 2015

Bellissima. Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968

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curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, Anna Mattirolo, Stefano Tonchi
Gallery 5

Over 20 years of fashion in an exhibition that recreates the atmosphere and the styles of a period that made an extraordinary contribution to the definition of the Italian identity on an international scale. A wonderful season of pure Italian creativity.

Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968 is not a history of high fashion, but, rather, the attempt to reassemble, through the lens of today, the complex and ever-changing image of Italian fashion, in a choral account made up of many exemplary stories that are the very fabric that will give shape and consistency to the great success of the “made in Italy” label.

From the spectacular creations that lit up the grand balls and foyers of the theaters, accompanied by the glittering expressions of the finest jewelry, to the restrained elegance of the cocktail dresses; from the rigorous black and white graphic look, to the chromatic explosion so typical of the 1960s; from the inventions made for the actresses of the so-called Hollywood on the Tiber, to the results of the sophisticated formal research that was the fruit of the intense collaboration between couturiers and artists.

Works by artists including Carla Accardi, Alberto Burri and Lucio Fontana dialogue with the clothes of Emilio Schuberth and theSorelle Fontana, of Germana Marucelli and Mila Schön, of Sarli and Simonetta, of Capucci and Gattinoni, of Fendi, Balestra, Biki, Galitzine, Pucci and Valentino.

The exhibition also features the creations of Bulgari, the most famous Italian jeweller around the world, with a selection of unique pieces displaying great experimentation and stylistic innovation.


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Bellissima. Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968 has also been displayed in:

BOZAR | Bruxelles
June 5 – September 6 2015

September 24, 2015 – January 10, 2016

NSU ART MUSEUM | Fort Lauderdale – Miami
February 7  – June 19, 2016

MAXXI in the world