April 26, 2011
1 Roberto Capucci
2 Roberto Capucci
Often credited as both a fashion designer and an artist, Roberto Capucci is presenting his unique creations in a new exhibition in Philadelphia.
The contemporary designer, whose designs blur the line between art and fashion, is well known for his innovative silhouettes and creative use of form, colour and materials. The exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art features over 80 of his original works, drawings and sketches. Not only does it showcase Capucci’s groundbreaking designs, but it also presents film clips and historical photographs that document the artist’s career. The show traces his career chronologically, right from his discovery in 1951 to his sculptures in 2007.
Roberto Capucci began his career at Accademia delle Belle Arti in Rome, and went on to establish his own fashion house in 1950. It was there that he began taking his inspiration from art, architecture and nature. He began to gain attention for his architectural approach to fashion and even received praise from established designers like Christian Dior when he was only a teenager. Capucci describes designing as a “complete sensory experience” and an “assault of art, beauty, colour, emotion, music, nature and beauty.”
American actresses such as Marilyn Monroe, Esther Williams and Gloria Swanson were seen in his designs, but perhaps his most famous design was his Colonna Dorica dress – a silk satin creation that took inspiration from a Doric column. Capucci was also known for his revolutionary box silhouette, which was shaped with four seams instead of the usual two. This represented a detachment from the traditional fitted form that was popular during the period, and earned Capucci the prestigious Filene’s Fashion Award in 1958.
This collection of Robert Capucci’s designs can be seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 16th March – 5th June 2011.