(Catalogue Gangemi Editore)
Rome, November 5/ December 5 2010, Museo della Fondazione Roma - Brescia, January 18 2010/ March 31 2011, Musei Mazzucchelli di Brescia - Milan, May 19/ July 10 2011 Palazzo Morando - Los Angeles, October 10/ November 13 2011, Annenberg Exhibition Space Beverly Hills: “Il Teatro alla Moda. Costume di scena. Grandi Stilisti”. 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 Cappella is the curator of the exhibition which collects dresses created for famous theatrical exhibitions, opera shows, and ballets by some of the most famous Italian fashion designers. Roberto Capucci’s creations are able to suggest elaborated mise-en-scene, is a Master in the art of representation, he understands the communicative power of dresses and he uses this power with excellent results. 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. (Catalogue Allemandi Editore)
Rome, March 25 / July 3 2011, Archivio Centrale dello Stato: "Copyright Italia Brevetti Marchi Prodotti 1948-1970 ". 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, are exposed two very special creations, realized by Roberto Capucci in 1965, chosen for their characteristic innovation. 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)
Venaria Reale-Turin, September 17, 2011/January 8, 2012, Reggia di Venaria: “Moda in Italia: 150 anni di eleganza”. 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 150th 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 plissè in 37 shades of blue: the incredible colouristic flow chosen by the Maestro makes the sense of movement and inspiration to water perfect. (Catalogue Ed. Condè Nast 2011)
Bracciano of Rome, June 21 2012/ January 6 2013 - Museum of Castello Odescalchi di Bracciano: “Ciak al Castello: 50 anni di Cinema al 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’ (Catalogue Ed. Allemandi & C.).
Codroipo, Udine, July 20 2012 / November 4 2012 - Villa Manin: “Il Teatro alla Moda. Costume di scena. Grandi Stilisti”. The new exhibition “Teatro alla Moda” edition of Udine is hosted in the prestigious Villa Manin of Passariano, built in Sixteenth Century by the noble Antonio Manin from Friuli. The frescoes, the statues, the Eighteenth-Century works are the great heritage of this monumental complex with its wonderful park. The exhibition follows a course of 5 sections explaining the connection between highfashion and the theater, showing creations of some of the most important names of the fashion made in Italy. One part of the exhibition is completely destined to Capucci titled “Roberto Capucci e le primedonne del Belcanto”. Shown are dresses worn during important recital by operastars like Raina Kabaivanska, Katia Ricciarelli, Stefania Bonfadelli and Anna Caterina Antonacci. The creativity of the Maestro emphasizes the spectacularity of the mise en scène, re-creating absolutely unique female characters with ethereal elegance and personality. The unique style of Roberto Capucci is represented by creations as 'La Vedova Allegra', worn by the soprano Raina Kabaivanska in 1991 and the Vestals of the Norma of Vincenzo Bellini in 1986 for the Eurovision show “Questa è l’Arena qui è nata Maria Callas”. The exhibition includes an illustration of Stefano Canulli and a preparatory drawing of the Maestro. (Catalogue Fondazione Musei Mazzucchelli)
Venice, September 1 2012 / January 6 2013 - Palazzo Mocenigo: “Trame di Moda”. The partecipation of the Robero Capucci Foundation at the exhibition “Trame di Moda” is a special opportunity to pay tribute to a great theatre and cinema actress, nationally and internationally, the unique Valentina Cortese. Since always, Roberto Capucci’s friend she may be considered one of the greatest interpreters of his wonderful dresses, which were often created especially for her by the maestro with the “head inseparable scarf” in matching colours. The dress presented at the exhibition is a butterfly silk faille in warm shades of pink hydrangea, that Valentina Cortese has donated to the Roberto Capucci Foundation. (Catalogue Allemandi & C. Milano)
Asti, June 21/ November 3 2013, Palazzo Mazzetti, Palazzo Ottolenghi, Palazzo Alfieri: “La Rinascita 1946-1969. Nascita e affermazione del Made in Italy”. The Roberto Capucci Foundation partecipate 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”. 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. (Catalogue Skira)
Saint Petersburg, November 22 2013 / January 22 2014 - Sheremetev Palace Saint Petersburg State Museum of Theater and Music: “Style on Stage. Art of Elegance”. 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.