Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
TURIN

Capucci's glitterati gowns showcased in Turin

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(By Kate Carlisle)
Turin, March 27 - Not everyone can don meters of
silk, satin and velvet, and make it work. Most of all, few
designers can craft a mass of fabric and turn it into
incomparable elegance.
Fashion designer Roberto Capucci, born in Rome in 1930,
spent decades doing just that for women like Italian sex symbol
Silvana Mangano, princesses Pallavicini and Borghese, American
actress Esther Williams and many more. His architecture-inspired
creations were worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Gloria
Swanson and have influenced generations of younger designers
Fifty of his most elegant and wonderful works that
epitomised glamour and have become icons are now on display in
the Venaria Reale palace near Turin until September 8.
The man who was defined by Christian Dior as "the best
Italian fashion creator" when he was only 27 made his
international debut in 1951 when he participated in the first
edition of Italian fashion collective shows in Florence.
"Roberto Capucci. La ricerca della regalita'" (In search
of Regality) follows his career that spans over five decades.
"You created 50 years of joy," Bulgarian opera singer
Raina Kabaivanska told Capucci at the exhibition opening last
Friday.
"Thank you because you made me beautiful. If a person
does not have the inner strength to wear the creations of
Roberto, they will eat you alive," she said.
Together with Capucci's glitterati gowns, the unique
display also includes sample designs, photographs, footage and
writings documenting the master of cloth's career, starting in
his modest Rome atelier in the 1950s.
"These dresses are the story of my life. Between these
walls are the emotions of my days," Capucci said.
One of his most famous creations, the Nove Gonne (Nine
Skirts), created in 1956, was featured in a Cadillac convertible
commercial in 1957. The brazen garment is made of lipstick-red
taffeta and fans out into nine tiered circular skirts, open in
front and trailing to the floor in the back.
Nove Gonne was "inspired by a stone dropped into pool of
still water," Capucci said.
After decades of fabric sculpting, Capucci said that he
was still inspired, and especially by seeing streams of his work
displayed in the historic Piedmont palace.
"My enthusiasm is identical to that of 1950, when I
started working," Capucci said.

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