ROBERTO CAPUCCI art into fashion exhibition starts March 16
Art into Fashion Exhibit: ARTIST-COUTURIER ROBERTO CAPUCCI : a master of color + innovative SCULPTURED silhouettes is one of Italy’s most influential artists-couturiers today.. by brigitte segura
A ‘boy wonder’ in the 50s, CAPUCCI got attention from CHRISTIAN DIOR while still a teen, appealing to Italian aristocrats like noblewoman Maria Pace Odescalchi, and American actresses Marilyn Monroe and Esther Williams. His work aesthetic has been associated with the work of Cristobal BALENCIAGA and Charles James, and today he continues to inspire designers like Chado Ralph Rucci, who admires Capucci’s dedication to the purity of his art.
Six decades later, Capucci’s WALKING sculptured ‘habitats’ are inspired by nature and architecture, without the restrictions to a womans body. Art into Fashion exhibits of about 90 works is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fondazione Roberto Capucci in Florence traces his work from the 50s thru 2007 including the 60s Op Art-inspired collections using plastic and woven ribbons, and 70s works that marked the turning point in Capucci’s career and exploration of the dress as an actual sculpture.
CAPUCCI exhibition phila museum of art photo courtesy of PMA photo on FashionDailyMag
We were taken by the close-up views of the MASTER’s use of gradation of colors in creating multi-DIMENTIONAL pleated and embellished fabrications. The view of the ‘WALKING’ sculptures were beautifully accelerated by the lighting sensibility designed for the EXHIBIT, bringing us to another level of WOW… definitely worth the 2 hour escape to view, not too far from NYC.
Refusing to compromise his vision for purely commercial concerns, in 1980 CAPUCCI resigned from the ITALIAN couture system, and instead he presented a singular collection each year in a different city including Tokyo, New York, and Berlin. Since 1992, he continues to exhibit landmark series dress sculptures, Return to Origins: Homage to Florence, from 2007. Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion; (March 16 – June 5, 2011) PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART on FASHION DAILY MAG : a LOOK to the future: fashion.
CAPUCCI exhibition phila museum of art starts Mar 16 2011 photo courtesy of PMA on FashionDailyMag