A book with extraordinary images is dedicated to the genius of Roberto Capucci: haute couture dresses with volumes sculpted in silk and colors borrowed from nature and India, pure Made in Italy!

Sculpture dresses designed by Roberto Capucci: from left, in silk taffeta, Berlin 1992; Ventagli dress, Rome 1980

The ‘emotional biography’ about Roberto Capucci, one of the fathers of Italian fashion, written by Gian Luca Bauzano is titled ‘Lo Scultore della Seta. Roberto Capucci, il sublime nella moda’, curated by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte (Mestieri d’Arte series, Marsilio Editori), and it gives a new charming portrait of a great artist/artisan.

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This exceptional couturier was born in Rome in 1930 and made his official debut in Florence during the fashion shows organized by Giovanni Battista Giorgini, opened by an event that took place in his family villa on February 12th, 1951, in the heart of the city. This is how the legend of Capucci rose: theirs are not simple haute couture creations, precious dresses for Hollywood stars, Roman noblewomen and international jet setters, but authentic sculptures, extraordinary fabric architectures.

A drawing by Roberto Capucci for an exhibition about fans in Florence, 2011

His sculptural dresses excite admiration and cause sensation, walk down the catwalks and are exhibited in the most important museums and art institutions, from the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome to the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, from Palazzo Strozzi in Florence to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and Venice Art Biennale.

Plastic and organza box dress, by Roberto Capucci, Paris 1966

Leafing through the book, one is full with admiration and can touch the master’s drawings and photos that fully testify to Capucci’s passion for shapes, colors, materials, art and nature, his sources of inspiration along with India, which he has visited 38 times. The book relies on an extraordinary iconographic apparatus, mainly granted by Fondazione Roberto Capucci, directed by Enrico Minio Capucci, depositary and promoter of a unique heritage made up of hundreds haute couture creations, illustrations, sketches, sketchbooks, audiovisual material, an impressive photographic archive that is a reference for fashion and costume scholars. [Text Paola Molteni – Photo Claudia Primangeli, Archivio Fondazione Capucci]

Preparatory sketches by Capucci: from left, Sagenite dress, Venice Biennale 1995; eighteenth century inspired evening gown, Rome 2016