Roberto Capucci: A study in form

Another great example of the fusion of fashion and art is illustrated in an exhibition on Italian fashion designer and artist Roberto Capucci. Showcasing his contemporary interpretation of innovative silhouettes and creative applications of form, colour, and materials, the exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art features over 80 works, original drawings and sketches. His legendary sculpture-dresses are one of the highlights on show.

Referring to his work as “a study in form”, Capucci took inspiration in art, architecture, and nature. He opened his first couture salon at the tender age of 20 and in a few years’ time, gained recognition as Italy’s best designer. By the 1960s, Capucci was creating both classical and experimental collections, exploring with unconventional materials such as plastic and stones.

Some dresses on show:

In recognition of his creativity and achievements, Capucci was awarded the Filene’s Young Talent Design Award in 1958 along with Pierre Cardin and James Galanos. He continued to produce amazing works, especially with unusual materials such as bamboo, pebbles, straw, and raffia in the 1970s. In 1980, he decided to forgo commercial success and announced his departure from the official couture calendar. Soon after, he began presenting his works annually in major cities such as Milan,Tokyo,Paris and New York. Eventually, Capucci was invited to show his stand-alone sculptures at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 1995.

Capucci works remind me of the fundamentals of art; form, line, colour, texture and space. His works inspire innovation but at the same time, hint at the essence of our fundamentals and roots. The basics never change and if you get them right, they never fail you.


Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion

16th March – 5th June 2011

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Streetand the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA19130

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(Images from Luxury Culture)

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