1995 ‘Ematite’ Roberto Capucci
ph Fiorenzo Niccoli
  Florence, May 18, 2016 / April 7, 2017

“Giochi di Ruolo tra Arte e Moda”

Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

The exhibition “Giochi di Ruolo tra Arte e Moda”, promoted and organized by the Ferragamo Foundation and the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, opens on the 18th May and is a representation between art and fashion.

Salvatore Ferragamo has always been fascinated by the Avant-garde Art of the XX Century and he has always been inspired by the art, working with a lot of artists during his life. Taking the cue from Salvatore Ferragamo history, the project analyzes the dialogue and the influence between these two worlds - the art and the fashion - and the connection between different artistic trends: from the Preraffaelliti to the Futurism, from the Surrealism to the Radical Fashion.

The exhibition is designed and curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, Enrica Morini, Stefania Ricci, Alberto Salvadori and are exposed: dresses, accessories, textiles, art-works, books and photos lent by private collections and national and international museums.

One of the twelve “Architectures in Fabric” made by Roberto Capucci in 1995 for the Centenary of the Biennale of Venezia and ispired by semi-precious stones, is shown in the “Giochi di Ruolo tra Arte e Moda”. The opera is 'Ematite' in shades of grey and green plissé taffeta shaped like an honeycomb and in white pleated taffeta bodice.

  Florence, April 21 2016

“Piramide dell’Eccellenza”

Accademia Italiana Moda of Florence

The Accademia Italiana Moda of Florence presents to the maestro Roberto Capucci the honourable prize “Piramide dell’Eccellenza”, an important ricognition - since the 2005 - awarded by the students of the Accademia and dedicated to the creative work of a great Maestro. The “Piramide dell’Eccellenza” is a sculpture designed by the scenographer Gianni Quaranta and inspired to the logo of the Accademia.

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1989 Roberto Capucci
photo Giuliano Serafini
  Florence, February 27 2016 / May 1 2016,

“Mariani chez Capucci”

Villa Bardini

On the 27th February opened in the Space of Temporary Exhibitions of Villa Bardini the personal exhibition of the artist Umberto Mariani that includes also a selection of Roberto Capucci sculpture-dresses in taffetas plissè. The Capucci’s creations recall the geometric shapes of Mariani’s artworks. The exhibition wants to pay tribute to the Capucci abilities in the processing techniques of the fabrics also in comparison with sculpture world represented by Umberto Mariani, who works and colors the materials like Capucci style.

1958 Roberto Capucci
Photo Claudia Primangeli
  Montreal, May 27 2016 / September 25, 2016

“Italian Style: fashion since 1945”

Musée McCord

The ”Glamour of Italian Fashion” organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2014 is renewed with the new title “Italian Style: fashion since 1945”: the first location is Montreal. This impressive exhibition shows the work of the most celebrated Italian designers, particularly following World War II. In addition to viewing numerous dresses and creations by Valentino, Armani, Fendi, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Emilio Pucci, to name just a few, the public will discover pieces by new and emerging designers as well as a range of accessories, photographs, magazines, drawings and film clips: all witnesses to the glamour and influence of Italian fashion from 1945 to today. In the exhibition Roberto Capucci presents an historical dress with ‘Linea a Scatola’ of 1958. The project is organized and produced by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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1969 ‘Omaggio a Burri’ Roberto Capucci
Photo Claudia Primangeli
  Miami, February 7 2016 / June 5 2016

“BELLISSIMA. L'Italia dell'alta moda 1945-1968”

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

On January of the new year, the exhibition about Italian Haute Couture ‘Bellissima’ arrives in Florida – Miami, thanks to the international success achieved in the previous editions. With this exhibition, The United States wants to celebrate the style and the importance of the Italian high fashion and its designers since the end of the Second World War. Also in the american edition of the exhibition, the dresses are exposed with historical videos and images linked with the most famous italian film and actors of the epoch. The project is organized by the Museum MAXXI of Rome and curated by Maria Luisa Frisa - critic and fashion curator, Anna Mattirolo - director of MAXXI and Stefano Tonchi - director of the magazine W.

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Monza, September 24, 2015 / January 10, 2016

“BELLISSIMA. L'Italia dell'alta moda 1945-1968”

Villa Reale of Monza

After the great success of ‘Bellissima. L'Italia dell'alta moda 1945-1968’ last year in the MAXXI Museum, the new edition of the exhibition about Italian Haute Couture opens in the Villa Reale of Monza on 24 September 2015.
The news of this exhibition is the presence of the textile archives of Agnona, Clerici Tessuto, Faliero Sarti, Filatura Fratelli Galfione, Fratelli Tallia di Delfino, Lanerossi, Lanificio Annibale Bozzalla, Lanificio Faudella, Lanificio di Pray, Lanificio Pria, Lanificio Rivetti, Lanificio Zignone, Luigi Verga, Marzotto Group, Taroni, Piacenza Cashmere, Tessitura Serica Bedetti Pedraglio and the historical photo archives of Federico Garolla, Johnny Moncada, Ugo Mulas, Archivio Giorgini.
The organization and the communication of the exhibition are curated by Associazione Civita, partner/founder of the Roberto Capucci Foundation.

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Rome, December 2 2014 / May 3 2015

“BELLISSIMA. L'Italia dell'alta moda 1945-1968”

MAXXI Museum

The year 2014 has been characterized by the participation to important exhibitions in Italy and outside, such as to the Reggia di Venaria Reale of Turin, to the State Museum of Theater and Music of Saint Petersburg and to the Albert Museum of London. From December 2 2014 to May 3 2015 Roberto Capucci takes part to the new exhibition “BELLISSIMA. L'Italia dell'alta moda 1945-1968” set up in the wonderful location of the MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo - of Rome.
The exhibition is curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, Anna Mattirolo, Stefano Tonchi and shows the universe of italian high fashion: the styles and the most important designers. Roberto Capucci is considered one of the best italian high fashion designer for the inusual and innovative shapes of his creations and he participates to the exhibition with his most revolutionary ideas: 6 creations made between ‘50s and ‘60s.

Roberto Capucci is a member of the Honor Committee.

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1989 ‘Capitello Corinzio’ Roberto Capucci photo Claudia Primangeli
  Como, 11 July / 11 October 2015

“Giardini di Seta. Tessile e botanica del territorio lariano”

Villa Bernasconi a Cernobbio

The exhibition curated by the Antonio Ratti Foundation is focused on the valorization of the local identity represented by the connection between the silk production district and the environmental beauty. The exhibition explores the relation between the silk fabrics and botany from XVIII century until today and describes the history of the landscape resources of the area. Together with local silk fabrics are presented dresses of the Italian Haute Couture of XX century linked to the floreal theme. The Roberto Capucci Foundation participates with the ‘Capitello Corinzio’ of 1989, a wonderful sculpture-dress in plissé charmeuse with bodice covered by green and golden leaves.

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1982 ‘Violoncello’ Roberto Capucci
Foto di Amedeo Volpe
  jubljana, June 16 / November 16 2015

“Fashion in Motion. Italian Style 1951-1990”

Slovene Ethnographic Museum

The exhibition shows the italian dresses and the pictures of the photographer Federico Garolla about how the Italian fashion met the world of ‘la dolce vita’ that flourished in Italy in the 50s and 60s and has continued to this day in the shape of the renowned style Made in Italy of the 90s. Roberto Capucci participates in “Fashion in Motion. Italian Style 1951-1990” with two creations of 1982 - ‘Arancio’ and ‘Violoncello’ - with vertical elements in mixed colours.

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1982 Roberto Capucci - Disegni per teatro e balletto
Matite colorate su carta da Fabriano
Archivio Fondazione Roberto Capucci
  Mantova, 29 May/28 June and 30 May/28 June 2015

“Sulla storia della moda e del costume: la testimonianza di Roberto Capucci”

Teatro Bibiena

“Roberto Capucci: invenzioni per teatro e balletto dal 1982 al 2006”

Bernardelli Stores

The Delegation of FAI of Mantova organizes several conferences about the History of Fashion and Costumes from 2006. This year Roberto Capucci participates to the conference curated by the contemporary art historian Michele Venturini at the prestigious Teatro Bibiena, that hosts until the 28 June, a series of the Roberto Capucci Foundation Archive dresses. The 30 May opens at the Bernardelli stores the exhibition of Roberto Capucci illustrations curated by Stefano Gozzoli. In this location are also exposed the ‘iconic’ dresses of the Roberto Capucci Pret a Porter. These events are part of the Mantovacreativa festival, dedicated to the arts and the culture and organized by FAI Delegazione di Mantova, Comune of Mantova, Gruppo Bernardelli and realized by Twin-set.

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Official photo from the V&A Museum website
  London, April 5 - July 27 2014

“The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014”

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Roberto Capucci Foundation takes part in wonderful exhibition “The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014”, curated by Sonnit Stanfill, that is a comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style.
It includes both womens and menswear to highlight the exceptional quality of techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.
The exhibition examines Italy's dramatic transition from post-war ruins to the luxury paraded in the landmark ‘Sala Bianca’ catwalk shows held in Florence in the 1950s, which propelled Italian fashion onto the world stage. During the 1950s and '60s the many Hollywood films that were shot on location in Italy had an enormous impact on fashion as stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became style ambassadors for Italian fashion, fuelling a keen international appetite for luxurious clothing made in Italy.
On display are around 100 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including an evening dress of silk in pink and green made by Roberto Capucci in 1987.

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  Saint Petersburg, November 20 2013 / January 22 2014

“Style on Stage. Art of Elegance”

Sheremetev Palace Saint Petersburg State Museum of Theater and Music

Within the frames of Festival DiaghilevP.S., this fantastic exhibition is like a scenic performance dedicated to the theater costumes made by the most famous Italian fashion stylists. Capucci presents the best of his Historical Archive: the creation "La Vedova Allegra" - worn by the soprano Raina Kabaivanska in 1991 - and the costume Norma made in 1986 for the RAI Eurovision show Questa è l'Arena qui è nata Maria Callas. The exhibition includes an illustration of Stefano Canulli and a drawing of the Maestro. The concept of the exhibition has been elaborated by the curator Massimiliano Capella - italian art and fashion historian, by the Director of Saint Petersburg State Museum of Theater and Music Natalia Metelitsa and by the designer Massimo Marcomini who has done an integration between fashion and the historical interior of the Museum environment.The exhibition has been organized with the cooperation of VM Company (Rome) and ComunicaMente (Bologna) and promoted by the Consolato Generale d'Italia of Saint Petersburg.

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  Asti, June 21 - November 3 2013

“La Rinascita 1946-1969. Nascita e affermazione del Made in Italy”

Exhibition-event in three locations in the City of Asti: Palazzo Mazzetti, Palazzo Ottolenghi, Palazzo Alfieri.

The Roberto Capucci Foundation participates to this prestigious celebration on the Italian identity, style and design, with 8 precious testimonies; the creations realized from 1959 to 1969, tell the Roberto Capucci’s international success of his ”arte/couture”.
The experimental fashion language of Roberto Capucci raises clearly among elements of design, photos, industrial products, projects and multimedial contributions, «all elements included in a scenographic context coherent with the period».
Are exhibited 'Bocciolo', presented in 1956 in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti in Florence, during the birth of the Italian High Fashion. There are also a creation of 1969 expression of the innovative 'Box Line' invented by the maestro and an example of materic experiment of 1966, with inlays of transparent plastic. The excellent initiative is organized by Comune of Asti and the Foundation of Cassa di Risparmio of Asti and is conceived by Professor Davide Rampello, actually curator of Padiglione Zero Milan EXPO 2015.
Roberto Capucci thanks Gianluca Bauzano of Corriere della Sera, curator of the section Fashion and Custom of this wonderful exhibition.

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1991 - Rai Uno Eurovisione “Gli specchi di Trieste” The soprano Raina Kabaivanska wears Roberto Capucci’s “Angelo d’oro”
  Turin, 23 march – 8 september 2013

Until February 2 2014

“Roberto Capucci. In search of regality”
La Venaria Reale

Venaria Reale writes about us:
«The show is a dazzling display of more than 50 dresses created since the ‘50s by the legendary fashion designer Capucci for queens, movie stars and dames of high society.
Capucci is unparalleled in his ability to represent regality through creations that are genuine “sculpture dresses”, presented here along with sketches, photos, videos and anecdotes on particular moments in time and the celebrities that actually wore such masterpieces.

The splendor and solemnity of Capucci’s creations graced the silhouettes of, among others, the princesses of the Borghese, Odescalchi and Colonna families, actresses Valentina Cortese and Silvana Mangano, the opera singer Raina Kabajvanska, international stars like Marilyn Monroe, Esther Williams and the Nobel prize winner for Medicine Rita Levi Montalcini:  their dresses punctuate a fascinating journey through fashion and luxury in the second half of the 20th century that reflected the creative genius of one of the world’s greatest fashion designers.».

The exhibition is curated by Massimiliano Capella

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foto Claudia Primangeli
  Rome, July 6 – 9 , 2012

Complesso Monumentale Santo Spirito in Sassia

The 2012 edition of  LIMITED/UNLIMITED is dedicated to the sculptures and  the skill  of Roberto Capucci  finds her perfect  dimension  in this framework.
The project Demi-Couture  created by  Altaroma  focused on the topic of  research and  craftsmanship gathers the young  talents  who have based  their work  in the fusion of creativity and craftsmenship.

In this context the maestro exhibits the sculpture-dress ‘Corde’  a work created in 2007  on the occasion of  the opening of the Roberto Capucci Foundation Museum in  the Villa Bardini of Florence. This creation is part of  a series of  eight  pieces which find their peculiarity in the research of forms as well as in the choice and coupling  of  materials.  ‘Corde’ is  made of white silk Mikado  and  threads  of pure gold , in the style of the ‘Linea a Scatola’.  The design of embroideries,  in turquoise paste with golden beads, recalls suggestions and harmonies  of the  Middle-Est.

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  Bracciano of Rome, June 21 2012 – January 6 2013
“Ciak al Castello: 50 anni di Cinema al Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano”

Museum of Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano

The Museum of Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano, chosen as the location for film, television and photo shoot since the early fiftieth, has more than 150 productions realized inside its interior.
The exhibition “Ciak al Castello: 50 anni di Cinema al Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano”  shows every aspect of the dialogue between the  wonderful cinefotographic world and this location, full of magic and suggestion. Roberto Capucci participates exposing ‘Cinema’, an unique sculpture-dress. During the first presentation at the Army National Guard Armory of New York in 1985, this creation aroused large interest in the international press. In fact it was the U.S. media to nickname the dress ‘The Movie’.
«I always defined myself as an artisan of the style, directing the attention on indisputable quality of  fabrics and processing techniques, and also on the constant creative search» Roberto Capucci said «and I feel close to this exhibition because the italian cinema always distinguished itself for the excellent work of the film directors, but also for the great attention reserved to every detail. The Italian excellence expresses itself in the great intelligence of the scripts, in the absolute quality of photography, in the memorable soundtracks, in the artistic setting, in a perfect reconstruction also of the costumes».

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  Rome, November 14, 2011
"Portale Archivi della Moda del Novecento"

Archivio di Stato

Roberto Capucci’s creations are on line in the Web Site of the Archivi della Moda del Novecento, promoted by Direzione Generale per gli Archivi del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali. The aim of the Web Site is, “…..exclusively cultural, to preserve an historical heritage in which the memory of fashion is concentrated and to involve in a simple and friendly way restricted to specialized audiences such as archivists, bibliographies, iconographies, audiovisual sources kept by the industry, from training schools, from agencies and magazines”.
 «We are honoured to be partners of this prestigious project, and we thanks the Consorzio Baicr and Dr. Roberta Orsi Landini – expert in History of Costume and Textile - and Dr. Mariaelisa Nannini - Responsible of the Roberto Capucci Foundation Historical Archive - » says Enrico Minio Capucci - General Manager of the Foundation - . «We have issued more than one hundred dresses, so our Historical Archive is visible to the whole world; » he continues «I am greatful to the Ministero dei Beni Culturali, to the Direzione Generale degli Archivi and to the Sovrintendenza Archivistica del Lazio that have always supported us; we are also grateful to the Direzione Generale per le Biblioteche, gli Istituti Culturali ed il Diritto d’Autore because from now on the Roberto Capucci Foundation has been accepted  within the organizations operating in the field of Culture».

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  Brescia, November 19 2011 – March 18 2012
"Roberto Capucci e l'antico. Omaggio alla Vittoria Alata"

Museo di Santa Giulia

A selection of pieces of the Historical Archive of the Roberto Capucci Foundation is hosted in this site, recognized by Unesco as World Heritage, in the exhibition"Roberto Capucci e l'antico. Omaggio alla Vittoria Alata". The exhibition, promoted and organised by Comune di Brescia and Fondazione Giacomini Meo Fiorot-Musei Mazzucchelli and with the cooperation of Fondazione Brescia Musei, is held in the Museo of Santa Giulia that, from June 25 of this year has been included into the prestigious and precious list of the sites considered World Heritage of Humanity, as part of the serial site "I Longobardi in Italia. I luoghi del potere (568-774 d.C.)".
Santa Giulia is an extraordinary compound which holds , amongst other important historical/artistic heritage, the Vittoria Alata, bronze statue of the Ist century, symbol of the city of Brescia. Roberto Capucci has created his own version of the Vittoria Alata: a unique creation in georgette in three shades of green and mauve, with belt and underskirt in mikado of the same color, which recall the chromatic suggestions of the mauve that covers the ancient bronze.
Thirthy sculpture-dresses which illustrate different themes of inspiration are exhibited: architectural hints but also ideas suggested by the ancient costume, by natural elements and the rotation of seasons. The exhibition, curated by Massimiliano Capella and Francesca Morandini, is divided into five sections : The antique. The architectural orders. The seasons. Fire, Earth, Air, Water and the Vittoria Alata.

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Foto di Fiorenzo Niccoli
  Venaria Reale - Turin, September 17, 2011 - January 8, 2012
“Moda in Italia: 150 anni di eleganza”

Reggia di Venaria

The Halls of Art of the Reggia di Venaria host an unique exhibition on the history of italian fashion, organized on the occasion of the celebrations of the 150 th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy. The exhibition is organized by the Consortium La Venaria Reale and by the Committee Italia 150 – under the Patron the Italian President -, of the Tirelli/Trappetti Foundation Rome, under the artistic direction of Gabriella Pescucci and Franca Sozzani, and the consultancy of Dino Trappetti. The layout is by Michele De Lucchi, who realised the Roberto Capucci Foundation’s Museum at Villa Bardini in Florence in 2007.

The historical-scientific coordinators, Clara Goria e Andrea Merlotti, have chosen to divide the exposition into two sections: the first refers to the period between the birth of the unitary State and the birth of Italian fashion, the second is from the seventies till today and it’s the result of choices of Franca Sozzani, director of Vogue Italy.

It is a tour in the Italian style from 1861 till today, from women of the Renaissance till the artists of Futurism, from movie stars to contemporary designers, in an exhibition that includes nearly 200 dresses including ‘Oceano’, a creation of Roberto Capucci made in 1998 for the World Expo in Lisbon 2000, by request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The uniqueness of the sculpture-dress ‘Oceano’ is represented by the complicated workmanship of taffetas plissé in 37 shades of blue: the incredible colouristic flow chosen by the Maestro makes the sense of movement and inspiration to water perfect.

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  A special tribute to Maestro Capucci by the photographer Marcello Fara

A volume with photos and video titled “Marcello Fara legge Roberto Capucci”, has been published by GLI ORI, Pistoia, in April 2011. It was edited by the photographer himself, with a preface by Enrico Minio Capucci, interviews to Roberto Capucci and contributions of professors of art history, of architecture, of semiology of the image and of cinematographic language. It is presented in a red-lined silk box.

Fara tells us: «The images, collected in quatrains, put Roberto Capucci’s sculpture-dresses in direct correspondence with the light and the geometry of crystals, the colours and silkiness of flowers, the water colour effects, the evanescent mutability of clouds, the mysterious elegance of a butterfly. The dress, in its tailored structure, is dissolves itself on the mirrors, takes on new forms breaking up for levels, geometric lines, colour and liquefied light, as a true artistic creation even before becoming couture. The video gives us a dream vision of Capucci’s colours and materials».

  Candelo - Biella, June 2-19 2011
"Abiti, architetture del corpo"

Centro culturale Le Rosminiane

The exhibition “Abiti, architetture del corpo” is a tribute to the great know-how of the Biella territory and is presented in the event “Artigiani d’Italia, il genio e la creatività” curated by Patrizia Maggia, sponsored by Confartigianato and CNA - Associazioni Artigianali del Biellese -, and supported by the Camera di Commercio di Biella and the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella. The aim of this initiative is to underline the excellence of Biella in the manufacture of woolen fabrics that are considered the finest in the world, a real mix beetwen craft and art, where technology and knowledge are transmitted from generation to generation. The exhibition hosts a sculpture-dress of  Maestro Capucci, the evening coat in casentino plissè ‘Mahasaraswati’ created in the project Tessile & Sostenibilità, that has been presented in May 2008 at the Corsini Garden in Florence. The vision of the Roberto Capucci Foundation is to relaunch the Italian Quality and to bring out the importance of the natural fibres.

[ > see Time Art Centro di Arti Applicate V. Kandinskij, CNA - Associazione Artigiani del Biellese - e Confartigianato. ]

  Rome, May 19 – May 29 2011
"Era di Maggio"

Palazzo Corsini – Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Antica

This philanthropic and cultural initiative promoted by the Roberto Capucci Foundation and by the Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Antica di Palazzo Corsini is based on a perfect balance between grace and beauty. The exhibition “Era di Maggio” – devised by Angela Negro, Director of the gallery and by the maestro Capucci – hosts 11 sculpture-dresses created by Roberto Capucci between 1981 and 1992, they are set like rare gems or precious and exotic flowers in the fascinating location of the historical roman palace. Wonderful collecting roses will be also exhibited in the small garden of Palazzo Corsini for three days; the selection includes the precious  ‘Rosa Capucci’ invented by the famous nursery and garden centre “ROSE BARNI” in Pistoia. The ‘Rosa Capucci’ is an example of aesthetic perfection, it is reach in petals like a peony and emanates an intense scent, colours’ variety goes from pearly to deep shades of pink. In 2000 the ‘Rosa Capucci’ won the silver medal on occasion of the competition “La rosa dell’anno” in Monza. May 24th a meeting between Roberto Capucci and students of fashion and arts institutes has been organized, the workshop will focus on plissé techniques.

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  Rome, March 25- July 3 2011
"Copyright Italia Brevetti Marchi Prodotti 1948-1970"

Archivio Centrale dello Stato

In this exhibition, created on occasion of the 150 years of the Unification of Italy, promoted by the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali Direzione Generale per gli Archivi, Archivio Centrale dello Stato in collaboration with Bocconi University and Istat,  two very special creations, realized by Roberto Capucci in 1965, chosen for their characteristic innovation, are exposed. The embroidery of phosphorescent beads glows in the darkness, a magical visual effect! Due to this surprising effect, at the time of the presentation in Paris in 1965, the Maestro obtained the cover of the famous LIFE magazine.
(Catalogue Ed. Archivio Centrale dello Stato Roma)

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  Philadelphia, March 16 – June 5 2011
"Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion"

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The third most important museum of the U.S.A. gives hospitality to “Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion”,  the  first anthological exhibition dedicated to the Maestro in the United States, cured by Dilys Blum Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles. The exhibition is an important appointment, after many events taken place during the years; between 1956 and 2003, creations by Roberto Capucci have been protagonist on occasion of individual and collective events in the most important cities of the United States. The exhibition “Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion”, organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and by the Roberto Capucci Foundation is located in the Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries at the first floor of the Museum. More than 80 creations, original drawings and sketches, a monumental selection which includes wonderful sculpture-dresses, underlines the singleness of sartorial work by Roberto Capucci explaining through a powerful visual impact, the characteristics of the style and the original sensibility of the Maestro. The exhibition shows all the aspects that place Capucci’s creations above trends, above Fashion. The exhibition hosts the dresses created at the beginning of his career, when Christian Dior defined Roberto Capucci the best Italian fashion designer as well as famous sculpture-dresses, for example the ‘Colonna Dorica’ and series of sculptures from 2007 honoring the city of Florence. A limited edition of Mini-Capucci’s, by request of the Museum, has been created in the creative laboratory of the Maestro to re-confirm the Capucci griffe on the American market. The 6 mini-creations use the same proportions and the same fabrics of the original creations on a small scale (in the ratio of 1 to 40), they will be sold in the Shop of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and on-line.

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Photo Luca Sorrentino
  Rome, January 31 2011
LIMITED/UNLIMITED "Small Objects of Desire"

Biblioteca Casanatense

The wonderful and monumental hall of one of the most prestigious library in the world, which preserves ancient and rare volumes, contains “for a night” the exhibition of artistic and decorative works: dresses, jewels, shoes and design works are masterpieces of high craftsmanship exhibited in a poetic atmosphere to represent the Italian creativity and the excellence of the made in Italy. The creations by Roberto Capucci exhibited on occasion of this elegant show are private clients properties.



  Rome, December 15 - December 30 2011
"1960 L'anno dei re a Napoli il ballo a Palazzo Serra di Cassano, le Olimpiadi, La Dolce Vita"

Fondazione Memmo - Palazzo Ruspoli

The volume “1960 L’anno dei re a Napoli il ballo a Palazzo Serra di Cassano, le Olimpiadi, La Dolce Vita” published by Mondadori-Electa has been presented at the Palazzo Ruspoli, the volume includes a text signed by Roberto Capucci and new drawings created by the Master.
The precious volume curated by Francesco Serra di Cassano, Masha Prunas Hobart, Amedeo Palazzi, Peter Glidewell e Fabio Nicolucci, tells the story of the Olympic Games played in Rome in the 1960 and describes the linked events through 200 images.
On occasion of the Olympic Games the sailing races were organized in Naples and was reopened the wonderful Palazzo Serra di Cassano closed for mourning and for a challenge to the Borbonic dynasty in 1799, after the period of the Neapolitan Republic. The Palace was repaired after devastations caused by the war.
On occasion of the reopening on September 3 1960, the Dukes Francesco and Elena Serra di Cassano organized a famous ball. The ball was attended by over a thousand guests among which aristocrats and heads of States, protagonists of financial and cultural worlds. Roberto Capucci created 11 new and extraordinary drawings inspired by ball fashion of the 60’s, they are exhibited at the Galleria Rucellai in the Palazzo Ruspoli.

[ > see Palazzo Serra di Cassano]

Los Angeles, October 10 - November 13, 2011
"Il Teatro alla Moda. Theater in Fashion"

Annenberg Exhibition Space Beverly Hills

Milano, May 19 - July 10, 2011
"Il Teatro alla Moda. Costume di scena. Grandi Stilisti"

Palazzo Morando

Brescia, January 18 - March 20, 2011
"Il Teatro alla Moda. Costume di scena. Grandi Stilisti"

Fondazione Giacomini Meo Fiorot - Musei Mazzucchelli

Rome, November 5 – December 5, 2010
"Il Teatro alla Moda. Costume di scena. Grandi Stilisti"

Museo della Fondazione Roma

The aesthetic universes of fashion, arts and music are the scenery and the premise of this extraordinary exhibition promoted by the Fondazione Roma, Altaroma and the Musei Mazzucchelli di Brescia. The Director of the Musei Mazzucchelli Massimiliano Capella is the curator of this exhibition which collects dresses created for famous theatrical exhibitions, opera shows, and ballets by some of the most famous Italian fashion designers. 14 charming creations by Roberto Capucci belonging to the stars of opera Raina Kabaivanska, Katia Ricciarelli, Stefania Bonfadelli and Anna Caterina Antonacci are exhibited, these fabulous creations have been dressed on occasion of prestigious performances. At the exhibition are also shown an original design by Roberto Capucci and a drawing by Stefano Canulli . The drawing is based on costumes created by the maestro Capucci for the Norma by Vincenzo Bellini in the 1996. Roberto Capucci’s creations are able to suggest elaborated mise-en-scene, Capucci is a master in the art of representation, he understands the communicative power of dresses and he uses this power with excellent results. Roberto Capucci says: “the charismatic effect of a show and the power of attraction created by colors, atmosphere, songs and action depend  on the ability of all figures involved into a performance:  the director,  the scenery designer, the costume designer and the actors. A show can be considered well done when it is able to create a dreamlike dimension, when the audience after the performance needs to speak about it”.

[ > see Fondazione Roma Museo]


Xian, October 1 2010
Daming Palace

The opportunity of  great prestige offerred to Roberto Capucci is represented by an event of worldwide issue. The cultural evolution of today's China : the Daming Palace of the Tang Dinasty (618-907) National Patrimony recognized by UNESCO, is - after 60 years of restoration - re-opened with a show of 10 new creations realized by the Maestro inspired the sumptuous traditional costumes. The shape of the fabulous dresses, permanently exposed at the Daming Palace Museum, rewind us of the typical architectonical line of China, the "Pagoda" and the "Dugong": especially the derss in red and orange dedicated to the City of Xian and the Daming Palace; it has a particular hat with an architectural element symbol of good destiny. The costumes are created with precious silk mikado, satin, organza and tafeta, yellow green blue pink and purple typical Tang 's colors, special embroideries, fantastic hats, and jewels invented by Roberto Capucci. The accessories are completed by the magnificent shoes in precious leather with Capucci' colours, realized by the Roberto Botticelli luxury shoe factory.

Many thanks to:
Platino Srl Como for fabrics
Antica Manifattura Cappelli Rome

[ > see Calzaturificio Roberto Botticelli]

Photo by Alessandro Milana


Rome, September 19 2010 - February 7 2011
"Il Risorgimento a colori: pittori, patrioti e patrioti pittori nella Roma del XIX secolo"

Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi

Roberto Capucci's sculpture-dress 'Angelo Barocco' is shown in the exhibition in occasion of the 140th ennal anniversary of Rome Capital foundation. 130 pieces, paintings, graphics, sculptures, from the most important private and public art collections are exposed; they represent the most significant historical events of the Repubblica Romana from 1849 to 1870, the taking of Porta Pia. Roberto Capucci has realized an emblematic cockade - tricolor - inspired by the tradition of its history, which is shown on the dress, transforming it in a symbol of the italian Risorgimento.

[ > see Comune di Roma ]
[ > see Museo di Palazzo Braschi]


Rome, July 9 2010
"Il gesto sospeso"

Tempio di Adriano – Piazza di Pietra

AltaRoma pays homage to Roberto Capucci with an audiovisual installation by the artist Maurizio Martusciello created in collaboration with Mattia Casalegno.
From the Maestro’s creations, elaborated into images, six anthropomorphic creatures come to life immersed into a choreography made by lights, movements and sounds, involving the public in an interactive experience.

foto Gianluca Baronchelli

Rome, October 6 - November 30 2010
"Cento anni di imprese per l'Italia"

Museo dell'Ara Pacis

Milan, May 5 - June 5 2010
"Cento anni di imprese per l'Italia"

Triennale di Milano

An important photographic exhibition curated by Giovanna Calvenzi, Ludovico Pratesi and Cesare Colombo for the Centenary of Confindustria, a social/cultural event that offers the visitors a "time gallery" in the form of  a photographic narration of social, economic, civil and productive developement of the Country through a century of history. The magnificent photo of "Violano" is exhibited, one of the 12 fabric architectures realized by Roberto Capucci in 1995 and exhibited at the Venice Biennale during the celebration of its Centenary.

[ > see Confindustria]
[ > see Triennale]

foto Claudia Primangeli

Brescia, May 29 - June 13 2010
"Festival delle Rose"

Fondazione Giacomini Meo Fiorot - Musei Mazzucchelli

An evocative commercial exhibition ispired by the rose and its original interbreedings. Outstanding guests are the sculpture wedding dress designed by the Maestro Roberto Capucci and the rose sculptures by Hugo De Ana, from the awesome scenography of the Arena di Verona "Barbviere di Siviglia".

[ > see Musei Mazzucchelli ]

Rome, May 12 2010
"Superfici di seta: forme e idee"
Sala Capizucchi Piazza Campitelli, 3


Vietri, May 31 - June 2 2010
"Positivity: a key to fully-nonlinear equations"
Lloyds Baia Hotel

From the creations of Roberto Capucci an inusual duet between artistic and scientific creativity emerges in two conferences given by Isabeau Birindelli Piazza, Ordinary Professor at the Rome "Sapienza" University.



Rome, April 22 2010

Sham Hinchey and Marzia Messina for Roberto Capucci.
Changes and interpretations about sculpture-dresses from Roberto Capucci Foundation Archive"

Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi

In the contest of the national project 'Archivi della Moda del Novecento' promoted by the Direzione Generale per gli Archivi and by the Associazione Nazionale Archivistica Italiana, the Soprintendenza Archivistica per il Lazio and the Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna promote a day of training at the Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi titled "Gli Archivi raccontano la moda. Testimonianze, immagini e suggestioni".
The research and the census of the fashion archives are the main aspect of this initiative; will be presented videos and photos on the materials. The 22nd of April 2010 will be shown the project "Sham Hinchey and Marzia Messina for Roberto Capucci. Changes and interpretations about sculpture-dresses from Roberto Capucci Foundation Archive".

[ > see also ]

[ > see also Ministero dei Beni Culturali ]


February 2010

Important recognition from the ADI - Industrial Design Association

On Febraury 2010 the National Council of the ADI unanimously decided to confer to Roberto Capucci the important title of Honorary Member of the Association.
The special feeling Roberto Capucci has with design and architecture increase and you can read more about it in the column titled "Questioni di Stile" published on the webzine IMORE.

[ > see also Associazione per il Disegno Industriale ]


Rome, February 9 – April 5 2010

“Il Carnevale romano”

Museo of Roma – Palazzo Braschi

The exhibition is focused on a twinning between Rome and Venice dedicated to the fanciful frenzies of Carnival. The exhibition includes fifteen original designs by Roberto Capucci, theatre and ballet costumes created between 1979 and 2010. The twinning between Rome and Venice is also celebrated with ‘La Donna Gioiello’, a sculpture-dress designed by Roberto Capucci on occasion of the exhibition “I Dogi della Moda” at Palazzo Grassi, Venice, in 1984 and donated by Roberto Capucci to the Museum of Palazzo Fortuny the same year.

[ > see also Museo di Palazzo Braschi ]


Gorizia, December 19 2009 – May 1 2010

“Futurismo – Moda – Design.
La ricostruzione futurista dell’universo quotidiano”

Museo della Moda e delle Arti Applicate dei Musei Provinciali di Gorizia 

The Musei Provinciali of Gorizia dedicate an exhibition on fashion and a record of the futurist daily life. The exhibition is provided by Raffaella Sgubin and Carla Cerutti. About 100 original pieces are exhibited together with a homage dress created by Roberto Capucci inspired by Futurism which is shown for the first time to the public.
The exhibition is part of the project “Gorizia. Futurismi di Frontiera” promoted by the Provincia, The Municipality and the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Gorizia. The exhibition is under the patronage of the Comitato Nazionale for the Celebrazioni per il Centenario del Manifesto Futurista.

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Bracciano, September 17 - December 13 2009
Until March 8 2010

“Sovrana Eleganza: Roberto Capucci
al Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano”

Bracciano of Rome, Museum of Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano 

This imposing mixture of courtly palace and military fortress was built up around an even more ancient medieval castle. The exhibit rooms on the museum's second floor are bursting with the modernity of 66 precious dress-sculptures by Roberto Capucci. Stone work and textile tailoring come together to tell Capucci's story as an artist and stylistic innovator, confirming Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano's calling as a stage-set for art and culture.

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Florence, April 9 2009 – January 30 2010
“Vedute di Firenze tra il Seicento e il Novecento”

Villa Bardini – Exhibition Center Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze 

This exhibition is the first initiative that consider Villa Bardini as a complex of culture and exhibitions, with a link beetwen all the activities developed by the Roberto Capucci Foundation Museum and the Annigoni Museum. This means to promote and to communicate the site of Villa Bardini together with the activities done in the Museum of Roberto Capucci and in the Annigoni Museum. Eight sculpture-dresses and ten original drawings have been exhibited.


Bergamo, October 3 - 18 2009
“Superfici di seta”

Bergamo Scienza Palazzo Moroni 

19 original designs by Robert Capucci accompanied by a 'mathematical explanation' - "Forms and ideas: the geometry of clothing by Roberto Capucci" - by Isabeau Birindelli Piazza, Full Professor in the L. Quaroni Department of Architecture at the University of Rome “La Sapienza".


Wien, June 24 – September 27 2009

Museum fur Volkerkunde, Kunsthistorisches

The first form of art in all human history and an effective communication link between humankind and the divinities, the mask takes center stage in a magical voyage along ritual, divine and mystical dimensions that cut across time and culture in the Museum fur Volkerkunde di Vienna exhibit.
Roberto Capucci is participating with ‘ La Donna Gioiello’, a dress-sculpture in taffeta with a fiberglass mask and head-covering mask designed for the Carnevale in Venice and donated to Museo Fortuny in 1984.

[ > Museum fur Volkerkunde_Wien ]


Filatoio di Caraglio, June 27 – October 25 2009
“ROSE. Purezza e passione nell’arte dal Quattrocento a oggi”

Il Filatoio - Via Matteotti, 40 - Caraglio (Cuneo) 

The Filatoio di Caraglio is opening an exhibition in the name of the rose, eliciting the 'Regina di tutti i fiori' as the show spans from high art to applied crafts.
Roberto Capucci is participating with a dress-sculpture from 1956, 'Bocciolo,' an ingenious orange taffeta creation with an embossing that gives a rose-like appearance.

[ > Filatoio di Caraglio ]


Florence, June 12 – September 30 2009

Bardini Contemporanea: Ristorante e Terrazza Bardini, Villa Bardini

A photo exhibition of 11 high-impact visual compositions by Sham Hinchey and Marzia Messina. These two photographers have been collaborating since 2002 to bring Marshamstreet into being - an encounter between traditional photography and digital elaboration that involves personalized works as well. Their works are marked by the surreal absence of clearly-defined spaces and times, a playful cross-contamination of different expressive languages that creates a dreamy universe all its own. This artistic venture began in 2005, inspired by the creations of Roberto Capucci: womankind is the indisputable protagonist, narrator and object of this image-based narration.

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Basel, May 13 – August 30 2009

Museo Tinguely, Paul Sacher - Anlage 1

Twelve fabric sculptures and more than sixty suits of armor are hosted in the museum in an exhibit that pays homage to both the unforgettable 1991 show at the Kunsthistorisches di Vienna and the extraordinary collection of iron sculptor Jean Tinguely.
There are a few works by the artist Oskar Schlemmer as well, who directed the Weimar Bauhaus culture and theater department.

[ > Museo Tinguely ]


Venice, March 27 - 29 2009
“Superfici di seta: geometrie negli abiti di Roberto Capucci”

Santa Margherita Auditorium Università Ca' Foscari

During the ‘Mathematics and culture 2009’ conference, Isabeau Birindelli Piazza, Full Professor in the L. Quaroni Department of Architecture at the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” led a session on the relationship between mathematics and the Maestro's creations.


Florence, October 18 2008 - March 2009
“Elogio del Maestro”

Museum of the Roberto Capucci Foundation, Villa Bardini, Temporary Exhibition Room

Photographer Fiorenzo Niccoli is the author of a series of images on exhibit in the Temporary Exhibition Rooms. One of the Maestro's most faithful reporters, he followed Capucci with unwavering admiration from the mid-1970s on. "I have the utmost esteem and trust for Niccoli," confirms Capucci himself, "and it gives me great pleasure to dedicate a space to him in my museum."

Venice, March 6 – May 4 2009
“Roberto Capucci a Palazzo Fortuny”

San Marco 3958, 30124 Venezia - website

Since March 7, 2009, creations by Roberto Capucci have been on exhibit together with the artistic jewelry of Vhernier in the evocative ambiance of Palazzo Fortuny in Venic. The exhibit is symbolized by a new creation - "Sposa in Rosso."

illustration - Roberto Capucci 2009 ‘ Sposa in Rosso’

The fabric was graciously donated by
Corsil Tessitura Serica Montorfano - Como


From the column "Questioni di Stile" of webzine IMORE

Roberto Capucci is opening a window for dialog with internet users on topics related to beauty, sources of inspiration, aesthetic cultivation, color and creativity. The column will present brief discourses by the Maestro for readers to reflect upon before submitting their own comments.

Filatoio di Caraglio, September 28 2008 – January 6 2009
"Fantasie Guerriere. Una storia di seta fra Roberto Capucci e i Samurai"

Il Filatoio - Via Matteotti, 40 - Caraglio – Cuneo

The exhibit has been curated by Kirsten Aschengreen Piacenti (Director of Stibbert Museum) and Roberto Capucci, and was organized by the Associazione Culturale Marcovaldo in collaboration with the Region of Piedmont, Stibbert Museum and the Roberto Capucci Foundation. Roberto Capucci dress-sculptures and XVI-XIXth century Samurai armor from the Stibbert Museum collection in Florence are on exhibit in a sophisticated presentation by Studio aMDL - Michele De Lucchi, Enrico Quell and Alessandro Ciancio.

Florence, June 17-22 2008
“La nascita della Moda Italiana nelle immagini dell Archivio G.B. Giorgini”

Museum of the Roberto Capucci Foundation, Temporary Exhibition Room
Villa Bardini - Costa San Giorgio, 2

The event is a benefit for FILE, Fondazione Italiana di Leniterapia

The Roberto Capucci Foundation together with Neri Fadigati is hosting an exhibition of unedited 1950s photography from the G.B. Giorgini Archive.
Fifty folders with three exhibited photos each will be available for purchase, and the proceeds will be donated to help provide service and training in Lenitherapy.


Florence, May 3-18 2008
Project “Amico Museo” of Regione Toscana
“Lo Scrigno: a sculpture-dress in pure gold fabric”

Museum of the Roberto Capucci Foundation, Temporary Exhibition Room
Villa Bardini - Costa San Giorgio, 2

The Museum of the Roberto Capucci Foundation opens "Lo Scrigno" and directs the attention of visitors to the 'Corde' 2007 dress-sculpture, guiding them through a mini-tour of Maestro Capucci's background work during his search for artistic materials and creative inspiration.

Capucci recalls: «I created this dress in extremely precious pure gold fabric from the Seteria Bianchi di Como because I was looking for something truly sumptuous that would elicit the pomp and circumstance of an imperial coronation. I wanted to transmit a sense of vestment, and this creation represents the symbol».


Florence, May 16 -18 2008
“Roberto Capucci e il casentino:
tra sperimentazione ed artigianalità”

Palazzo Corsini “Artigianato e Palazzo”




Capucci is taking part in this High Artisanship initiative with 'Mahasaraswati,' an original formal evening overcoat that required 36 meters of red and orange casentino plissé.


Lubiana, March 20 – May 18 2008
“Roberto Capucci L'Abito: moda scultura”

Ljubljana City Museum - Turjaska Palace




As part of the year of intercultural dialog, Roberto Capucci, a veritable icon of Italian and cosmopolitan artistic creativity and fashion, was invited to Slovenia to put on an exhibit during the Slovenian chairmanship of the Council of the European Union, in cooperation with the Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Slovenia. The Turjaska Palace hosts a selection of forty extraordinary creations, the most particular of which are the twelve awe-inspiring "Architeture in Tessuto" pieces in semi-precious stones and minerals, which were first presented on the 100th anniversary of the Biennale di Venezia in 1995. A table of luxurious fabrics captures the earthy tones of the minerals as the tailored folds reflect traces of light that find themselves trapped in the structures and surfaces of these creations.
The Palace's Vzigalica Gallery exhibited his designs and sketches as forms of architectural studies along with photographs of the Maestro at work, surrounded by his creations. The exhibit also includes metaphysical photographs by English photographer Sham Hichey and Marzia Messina, who specialize in digital imagery.


Florence, January 10 - May 2 2008
“Donna Simonetta and Roberto Capucci –
Friendship is a lifetime journey”

Museum of the Roberto Capucci Foundation, Temporary Exhibition Room
Villa Bardini - Costa San Giorgio, 2










Photographs from the personal collection of Roberto Capucci and the archives of the G.B. Giorgini Foundation.


Moscow, May 24-June 25 2006
“Creare per Vivere”

Pushkin Museum, Moscow




80 sculpture-dresses with designs have been exhibited in the prestigious museum of Moscow during the “Open Festival of Arts” promoted by the Bosco dei Ciliegi organization. Contemporary Russia pays homage to Capucci offering for the exhibition one of the most beloved historical places of the city; the museum has always been an important center where Russian people could meet and come together, it contains work by the most important artists of the Renaissance, Babylonian and Ancient Greek masterpieces. The Pushkin Museum is the place where you can admire the most precious treasure of the world, the collection of Troia.


Wien, March 17 – September 20 2006
“Mozart - Experiment Aufklarung”

Albertina museum, celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth

The red “Marsina” in tafta plissè, created by Roberto Capucci in 1992, has become the emblem of the "Mozart - Experiment Aufklarung" exhibition, sharing the eminent exhibit hall with a magnificent oil painting by Francesco Guardi, the great Venetian artist.
The show is directed by the Da Ponte Institute and was organized by Albertina Museum in honor of Mozart's 250th birthday. The show also includes two other creations from the Capucci collection: l'"Orchidea nera" from 1987 and "Bouganvillea" from 1989. These three creations were selected by year and by theme from the Archives of the Roberto Capucci Foundation in an effort that focused on representing the fruit of the Maestro’s flashbulb-like intuition, which he would later re-touch with the sense of irony that became his creative trademark. These are the games, provocations, and vivid experiences of an artist-observer, an observer of life and a studier of dreams.


Genoa, April 1 – May 1 2006
“VESTIRE L’ARTE. Gli abiti scultura di Roberto Capucci”

A joint cultural philanthropy initiative by Roberto Capucci and the Associazione Ligure per i Minori - ALPIM

Palazzo della Borsa, via XX Settembre, 44 - Genova

ALPIM is a private association of volunteers that was founded in Genoa in 1989 to help minors in difficulty and their families. The association collaborates with the legally-prescribed authorities through various forms of awareness raising, information and research.
This path-breaking activity involves educators, experts and volunteers who help lead youths down the road to recovery by involving them in various recreational and sports training activities. Each youth, in fact, is inserted in the "Work fellowship and orientation" program with crafts-workers with the help of funding authorized by the Ispettorato del Lavoro.
Both the youths and the artisans receive support from the ALPIM educational team.
Accepting a proposal by Maestro Capucci, ALPIM has decided to welcome an invaluable opportunity to broaden its influence, gather funding for its activities and provide new work opportunities to youths in the field of high-quality craftsmanship.