Dante Ferretti

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Dante Ferretti
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Dante Ferretti in his workshop
Born (1943-02-26) 26 February 1943 (age 79)
OccupationProduction designer
Years active1964–present
SpouseFrancesca Lo Schiavo

Dante Ferretti (Italian pronunciation: [ˌdante ferˈretti], born 26 February 1943) is an Italian production designer, art director, and costume designer.


Throughout his career, Ferretti has worked with many acclaimed directors, both American and Italian, including; Pier Paolo Pasolini, Elio Petri, Federico Fellini, Liliana Cavani, Terry Gilliam, Franco Zeffirelli, Martin Scorsese, Anthony Minghella, and Tim Burton. He frequently collaborates with his wife, set decorator Francesca Lo Schiavo.

Ferretti was a protégé of Federico Fellini, and worked under him for five films.[1] He also had a five-film collaboration with Pier Paolo Pasolini and later developed a very close professional relationship with Martin Scorsese, designing nine of his last eleven movies.

In 2008, he designed the set for Howard Shore's opera The Fly, directed by David Cronenberg, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Ferretti has won three Academy Awards for Best Art Direction; for The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Hugo. He had seven previous nominations. In addition, he was nominated for Best Costume Design for Kundun. He has also won three BAFTA Awards.

In 2012, he designed the decor for Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, a restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side.[2][3]

For the 2015 Expo held in Milan, Italy Ferretti was commissioned to do a series of statues articulating the concept "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".[4]

He is member of the Italy-USA Foundation.



  1. ^ Fergus M. Bordewich, Manhattan Mayhem, Smithsonian Magazine, December 2002, Accessed July 15, 2010.
  2. ^ "Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto Il Ristorante | 903 Madison Ave | Restaurants". Time Out New York. October 16, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Adam Platt. "Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto – Upper East Side – New York Magazine Restaurant Guide". Nymag.com. Retrieved January 24, 2013. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Ortolino arrives in Buenos Aires: The Ferretti Statue as Symbol of the Expo Milano 2015 Theme | Expo Milano 2015". Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-11-04.

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