Thirty years ago, in 1993, the publishing house of Franco Maria Ricci dedicated a volume of the Luxe, calme et volupté series to Capucci: this original exhibition was created to honor this anniversary, curated by the Roberto Capucci Foundation together with the Franco Maria Ricci Foundation , with the collaboration of Sylvia Ferino.
Roberto Capucci is an unparalleled genius of Italian fashion and style, admired all over the world and whose creations are still exhibited in major museums today.
The Fontanellato exhibition celebrates his career in various aspects, placing his clothes side by side with the works of art in the collection, thus creating unexpected dialogues and new suggestions.
Fashion historians and today's creatives agree in affirming how much for Capucci the term "stylist" is almost reductive: impossible to place in a single category, his is an all-round artistic work. His clothes are architectural structures where color, the undisputed protagonist, sculpts the material into creations with an expressive force that is still unmatched today. Nature is the main source of suggestion in his work, inspired by the descriptions of Ovid's Metamorphoses, where Daphne and other characters are transformed into trees or animals: these myths can be found in Capucci's clothes, the textile material interprets them in real own sculptures, "silk armours" that seem to disregard the shape of the body.
During his career, his notoriety was such as to allow him to dress female icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elsa Martinelli, Irene Brin, Rita Levi Montalcini, who will collect the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986 with one of his dresses, and Silvana Mangano, for whom Capucci, strongly desired by Pierpaolo Pasolini, designed the clothes for the film Teorema .
To understand Capucci's work even better, it is essential to study the preparatory sketches, some of which will be present in the exhibition to allow the creative process to be reconstructed, but also to admire the artist's inexhaustible imagination.