Philadelphia Museum of Art Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion exhibition catalogue

Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion

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'The exceptional catalog Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion…reveals a man who is as much architect as tailor.' - The Wall Street Journal

'This heavily and beautifully illustrated book by Blum (Philadelphia Museum of Art) is a necessary addition to any fashion or history of fashion collection.' - Choice 

Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion - Philadelphia Museum of Art

Accompanying the Philadelphia Museum of Art's 2011 exhibition, Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion, this beautifully illustrated book examines the career of Italian couturier Roberto Capucci (b. 1930).

Revered by contemporary fashion designers for his innovative silhouettes and masterful use of colour and materials, Capucci is considered one of Italy's greatest talents.

Capucci's designs first captured the attention of the international press in 1951, when he presented his collection in Florence, at 21, including a dress that featured nine sculpted layers of taffeta meant to invoke ripples from a stone thrown into water. He refused to compromise his artistic vision to commercial concerns, and after withdrawing from the formal fashion world in the early 1980s, presented one collection a year, each in a different city around the world.

Drawing inspiration from a multitude of sources, including art, architecture, and nature, Capucci has experimented with construction techniques and unconventional materials such as raffia, wire, and stones.

Featuring more than 80 extraordinary works, including Capucci's 'sculpture dresses' with their inventive use of pleating, colour and form, this catalogue with its 183 colour images provides a captivating look at this designer.

  • Author: Dilys E Blum, Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Date published:  April 2011
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300169584
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 26.3 x 1.9 cm

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Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion at Philadelphia Museum of Art

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