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Roberto Capucci (born December 2, 1930 in Rome) is an Italian fashion designer. He created unusual, sculpted dresses in original materials, bewitched the fashion world and has, since his debut, been featured in shows representing most talented and renowned designers.
Capucci attended art school and Accademia di Belle Arti, where he studied with the artists Mazzacurati, Avenali and Libero De Libero.
In 1950 he opened his first atelier in via Sistina and in 1951, for the first time, he showed his creations at Giovanni Battista Giorgini’s Villa in Florence. Giorgini is considered the talent scout of “Italian High Fashion”, the inventor of the “Made in Italy”.
In 1952, together with other designers such as Vincenzo Ferdinandi, the Sartoria Antonelli, the Atelier Carosa, Giovannelli-Sciarra, Polinober, Germana Marucelli, the Sartoria Vanna, Jole Veneziani and sixteen sportswear companies and boutiques at the first historic show at the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti in Florence. A very young Oriana Fallaci, sent by the weekly Epoca, told the news.
Only 26 years old, he was considered the best designer of the Italian fashion, particularly appreciated by Christian Dior, and in 1958 he created the “Linea a Scatola” (Box Line), artistic and stylistic a real revolution.
For this innovative proposal, he received, in 1958, the Boston Fashion Award (Filene’s Young Talent Design Award) as the best creator of fashion along with Pierre Cardin and James Galanos.
In 1961, Paris fashion shows, he was welcomed with enthusiasm by French critics. For this reason he opened, in 1962, his atelier at n°4mme rue Cambon in Paris.
In 1968 he returns to Italy in his atelier at via Gregoriana in Rome, where he showed his collections during the fashion calendar organized by the Camera Nazionale dell’Alta Moda and, in the same year, he draws costumes for Silvana Mangano and Terence Stamp for Pier Paolo Pasolini’s movie “Teorema”.
In July 1970, he showed, for the first time, his work in a museum, in Rome at the Nymphaeum of Museo di Arte Etrusca at Villa Giulia, with a collection that revolutionized the tradition of fashion, with models wearing boots with low heels without make up and hair styling.
He began the big experimentation with the inclusion of decorative, rigid and structural elements, in a mix of rich and poor material, precious fabrics, stones and straw.
In 1980 Capucci left the Camera Nazionale della Moda and decided to show the collections out of all calendars and institutions and only when he was ready.
With the exhibition “Roberto Capucci l’Arte Nella Moda - Volume, Colore e Metodo” in 1990 at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, his explosive season began with big praise of critics and audiences in the most important museum of the world, including Kunsthistorisches Museum (Wien), Nordiska Museet (Stockholm), Puskin Museum (Moscow), Museum of Art of Philadelphia, Reggia di Venaria Reale (Turin).
In 1995 he was invited to show his creations at the Esposizione Internazionale di Arti Visive. La Biennale di Venezia, at the edition of the century 1985 -1995.
In 2005, with the Associazione Civita, he founded the Fondazione Roberto Capucci to preserve his archive of 439 historical dresses, 500 signed illustrations, 22.000 original draws, a full press release and a large photo and media library.
In 2007 he opened in Florence at Villa Bardini, the Roberto Capucci Foundation Museum where are organized exhibitions and intense teaching activities.
In Milan in April 2012 has been launched and in April 2013 carried out the Event “Roberto Capucci per i giovani designer. Oltre (a)gli abiti – il design prende una nuova piega” with the Awards at Royal Palace of Milan and the exhibition/event at Palazzo Morando.
In 2010 he collaborates with artists Maurizio Martusciello and Mattia Casalegno in the audiovisual installation 'Il Gesto Sospeso', commissioned by FENDI and premiered at the Hadrian Temple for the Rome Fashion Week.
Roberto Capucci is considered one of the most important designers of the 20th century.
- Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion (2011)
- Fabric Sculpture Exhibit at Odescalchi Castle (2009) 
- Roberto Capucci at Bracciano Castle (2009) 
- Roberto Capucci fashion design at Palazzo Fortuny (2009) 
- “Fantasie Guerriere” Warrior Fantasies (2008) 
- Returning to Origins (2007)
Notes and references
- "Epoca n.95/1952" (PDF).
- "Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion". Philadelphia Museum of Art. Archived from the original on 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
- "Capucci "Fabric Sculpture" Exhibit at Odescalchi Castle". WebVisionItaly.com. August 19, 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
- "The "supreme elegance" of Roberto Capucci on view in a new exhibition at Bracciano Castle". The Gleni Blog. December 2, 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-05-30.
- "Roberto Capucci fashion design at Palazzo Fortuny". Venice-Tourism.com. Archived from the original on 2011-05-30.
- Battista, Anna. "Roberto Capucci's Warrior Fantasies". Dazed Digital. Archived from the original on 2011-05-30.
- "Roberto Capucci "Returning to Origins": Exhibition in Florence". TuscanyPass.com. 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-05-30.