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slides: Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 at Portland Art Museum

Saturday, February 07, 2015

 

Roberto Capucci,1987-88. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Valentino, Gucci, Dolce, Pucci, and more than 100 ensembles come together at the Portland Art Museum celebrating Italian fashion in the alluring exhibit, Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945

This significant collection of high quality Italian womens and menswear fashion, explores the key individuals and organizations that have aided to Italy’s prestigious techniques and quality from the end of the Second World War to the present day.  

PAM is the only west coast venue hosting this thorough collection. This is your time to stare for minutes on end, at a authentic printed silk and Swarovski crystal Dolce & Gabbana work of wearable art. Or be an inch away from a sexy form fitting peek-a-boo evening dress by Tom Ford. 

Viewers are first placed in the present day when entering Italian Style, surrounded by evening dresses and suits by Antonio Marras, Valentino, and Tom Ford (to name a few.) A long vertical projector showcasing a montage of models and close ups of fabrics and textures provides a mysterious artsy film theme to the overall section.     

After walking up the stairs passing the vibrant window tribute to Florentine fashion designer Emilio Pucci, viewers are placed in postwar times. Cotton Shantung wartime day suits are juxtaposed with fashions from the first internationally attended fashion show, Sala Bianca. There, a multilayered velvet billowing cocktail dress with oversized velvet cape by Roberto Capucci stands in a room of Pucci, Marucelli, and Simonetti garments.

The Hollywood on Tiber section has the only piece of jewelry featured in the exhibit, a gorgeous Bulgari brooch with three yellow diamonds surrounded by colorless diamonds given to Elizabeth Taylor from Eddie Fisher. Other garments include the Gattinoni empire waist War and Peace dress worn by Audrey Hepburn, and the Mila Schon sequined evening dress and silk coat worn and given by Princess Stanislaus Radziwill. 

Dolce & Gabbana, 2000. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. (image cropped)

The exhibit ends by showing the shift from couture to a focus on high quality factory manufacturing with sections on Textiles Foundation and Italian Ready to Wear. A small section highlighting Portland designers like Sonia Kasparian, Adam Arnold, and Nike’s Charlie Holmes, brings the exhibit full circle answering the question "how is Portland inspired by Italian fashion makers?" 

Chicago architectural firm Vinci Hamp, who worked with PAM’s The Body Beautiful exhibit in 2012, helped with the installation creating a wonderful layout that flows and “lets the objects breath,” said PAM Director Brian Ferriso. The gorgeously crafted designs really breath deep and exhale creative and awe inspiring energy.
    
PAM will be hosting lectures, conversation, and a film series in honor of Italian Style. Enjoy a afternoon visiting Portland’s fashion and apparel studios and workshops during the Portland Style Tour. Or watch iconic Italian cinema classics from the 1950s and 60s, during the Italian Style Film Series

Portland Art Museum Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945, 1219 SW Park Avenue, February 7 to May 3, $15 for Adults. For more information click HERE.

Homepage Photo Credit: Dolce & Gabana

 

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Elizabeth Dye

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Anna Cohen

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Adam Arnold

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Nike: Made in Italy 

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Prada

Prada Shoes with Flame Detail, Spring-Summer 2012.

Photo Credit: Prada (image cropped)

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Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras, nylon, cotton, polyester, lycra, Spring/Summer 2014.

Photo Credit: Kemea Smith 

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Tom Ford for Gucci

Tom Ford for Gucci, white silk viscose dress with gold dragon brooch, Autumn/Winter 2004/5.

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana, silk, sequins, Swarovski crystals, Fall/Winter 2013/14.

Photo Credit: Kemea Smith 

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Tom Ford

Tom Ford for Gucci, man’s velvet evening suit, Autumn/Winter 2004/5. 

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Giambattista Valli

Evening Gown with Floral Embroidery, Giambattista Valli, Silk and Tulle. 

Photo Credit: Kemea Smith 

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Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana, leather ankle boots with gold, white and pink embroidery, 2000.

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. {image cropped}

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Flora and Fauna

Valentino, Couture Evening Dress, Net with Silk, Fall/Winter 2013/14

Photo Credit: Kemea Smith 

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Roberto Capucci

Roberto Capucci, silk evening dress,
1987-88. Courtesy Roberto Capucci Foundation. 

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Pucci Tribute

Window tribute to Florentine fashion designer Emilio Pucci’s vivid and bold prints. 

Photo Credit: Kemea Smith 

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Gucci

Gucci, bamboo-handled pigskin
bag, early 1960s. 

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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SALA BIANCA 1951

SALA BIANCA 1951 section of Italian Style exhibit

Photo Credit: Kemea Smith 

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Germana Marucelli

Fabio de Benedettis, Germana Marucelli dress, 1950, Chromogenic print, Collezione Enrico Quinto e Paolo Tinarelli.

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Versace & Cavalli

Versace 1992 & Cavalli 1970s

Photo Credit: Byron Beck 

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Mila Schon Evening Dress

Mila Schon sequined evening dress and silk coat. Worn and
given by Princess Stanislaus Radziwill. Worn to Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, 1966.

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Miu Miu

Miu Miu Glitter Boots

Photo Credit: Byron Beck 

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Irene Galitzine

Irene Galitzine, silk palazzo pyjamas, c.1963. Courtesy Historical Archive Maison Galitzine. 

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Textiles Foundation

Yellow Pages Jacket Moschino 1994 

Photo Credit: Kemea Smith 

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Motor Sports

Italian Style: Motor Sports 

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