Roberto Capucci Art into Fashion Dilys E. Blum

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
30 Mar 2011
ISBN:
9780300169584
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
202 pages: 298 x 254mm
Illustrations:
22 b-w + 182 color illus.

Italian couturier Roberto Capucci (b. 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 80 extraordinary works, including the iconic "sculpture dresses" with their inventive use of pleating, color, and form, Roberto Capucci is a captivating look at this brilliant designer who transcends the conventional line between fashion and art.

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

“Comprehensive”—Pottstown Mercury

“The exceptional catalog ‘Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion’…reveals a man who is as much architect as tailor.” — The Wall Street Journal

 


“For those who did not have an opportunity to view the spring/summer 2011 retrospective of Italian fashion designer Roberto Capucci’s work held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this catalogue provides a visually spectacular survey of his career.” —Studio International

"[A] beautiful book for your reference library."—Threads

"This heavily and beautifully illustrated book by Blum (Philadelphia Museum of Art) is a necessary addition to any fashion or history of fashion collection."—C. Stevens, Choice

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