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Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion

Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion

by Dilys E. Blum

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Italian couturier Roberto Capucci (born 1930) is revered by contemporary fashion designers for his innovative silhouettes and masterful use of color and materials. Capucci refers to his creations as “studies in form” and draws inspiration from a multitude of sources, including art, architecture, and nature. This beautifully illustrated book, the companion to the first exhibition of Capucci’s work in the United States, examines his career from the 1950s to the present in the context of the rise of Italian fashion.

Capucci’s designs first captured the attention of the international press in 1951, when he presented his collection in Florence. Considered one of Italy’s greatest talents, he experimented with construction techniques and unconventional materials such as raffia, wire, and stones. He refused to compromise his artistic vision to commercial concerns, and after withdrawing from the formal fashion world in the early 1980s, he presented one collection a year, each in a different city around the world. Featuring more than eighty extraordinary works, including the iconic “dress sculptures” with their inventive use of pleating, color, and form, Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion is a captivating look at this brilliant designer who transcends the conventional line between fashion and art.

About the Author
Dilys E. Blum is the Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

202 pages
204 illus. (182 color)
10 x 12 inches
Yale University Press, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0300169584