The Philadelphia Museum of Art will host the first compilation in the U.S. from revered Italian fashion designer and artist Roberto Capucci during Roberto Capucci: Art in Fashion from March 16 – June 5, 2011.
The exhibition, which includes work from the beginning of his career to his legendary sculpture dresses, is the first survey of Capucci’s work in the United States. Visitors can explore over eighty of Capucci’s works, including his 1978 “Colonna” silhouette as well as original drawings and sketches.
A Study in Form
Capucci refers to his work as a “study in form” inspired by art, architecture and nature. His early career coincided with the rise of the Italian fashion industry and Italian high fashion at the end of World War II.
In 1950, Capucci opened his first couture salon in Rome at the age of 20 and by 1956 he was declared Italy’s best designer, lauded for his “vigor, imagination and uninhabited originality.”
Capucci later moved to Paris where he created experimental collections incorporating materials like plastic and stone. By the 1980s, Capucci decided to embrace his artistic vision and decided to abandon the fashion calendar, instead presenting his work once a year at venues throughout the world.
Capucci has stated that the act of creation is a complete sensory experience; he has described it as an assault—of art, beauty, color, emotion, music, nature, poetry.
I don't recall ever seeing anything more beautiful!