Lila De Nobili

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Lila De Nobili (Castagnola (Lugano), September 3, 1916 – Paris, February 19, 2002) was an Italian fashion illustrator, stage designer, and costume designer. She was noted for her work at Vogue magazine and her collaborations with directors such as Luchino Visconti and Franco Zeffirelli.


De Nobili's father was from an old Italian family and her mother was from a Jewish Hungarian family. An uncle was the painter Marcel Vertès.

In the 1930s, she studied with the artist Ferruccio Ferrazzi at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.

She settled in Paris in 1943, and this would be her home for most of her life up until her death in 2002.



In Paris, De Nobili began doing illustrations of the haute couture collections for various magazines, especially Vogue.


Lila De Nobili created stage and costume designs for many of the most important productions of her time, including Angel Pavement (1947), Le voleur d'enfants (1948), A Streetcar Named Desire (1949), La Petite Lili (1951), Anna Karenine (1951), Gigi (1951), Cyrano de Bergerac (1953), The Country Girl (1954), The Crucible (1954), La Plume de Ma Tante (1958), L'Arlésienne (1958), Carmen (1959) and The Aspern Papers (1961).

She went on to work on numerous collaborations with Luchino Visconti, working with him at the La Scala opera house in Milan, and Franco Zeffirelli, as well as working with Peter Hall.


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