collective exibitions
Venice, February 1984, Palazzo Grassi - "I Dogi della Moda": presented a new creation of fantasy ‘Donna Gioiello’ inspired by the Doge of Venice and by the carnival.
Munich, July 1986, Munchner Stadtmuseum - "Varieté de la Mode 1786-1986": three creations exhibited from 1965 to 1985 (Catalogue Munchner Stadtmuseum Ed.)
New York, January 1986, Columbia University and Rome december 1987, Palazzo Venezia Museum - "Sessant'anni di vita culturale in Italia": exhibition supervised by the Treccani Institute of Italian Encyclopedia, the ‘Fuoco’ is presented, a fabric sculpture dress from 1985. (Catalogue Treccani Institute of Italian Encyclopedia)
London, December 1987, Italian Institute for Foreign Trade: on the occasion of the visit of the President of the Republic of Italy Francesco Cossiga, 12 fabric sculptures from 1987 are exhibited.
New York, April 1987, Fashion Institute of Technology and London, June 1988, Victoria and Albert Museum - "Fashion and Surrealism": exhibited 3 creations from 1982, inspired by nature. (Catalogue Rizzoli New York Ed.)
Cologne, November 1990, Museum fur Angewandte Kunst - "2000 Jahre Mode: Kleider vom Rokoko bis Heute": to inaugurate the new department Fashion and Costume, 2 dresses from the Archives of 1956 and 1982 are exhibited for two years. (Catalogue Angewandte Kunst Museum Ed.)
Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany, June/August 1991 - International Triennial Exhibition of Applied Arts: "Configura 1 Kunst in Europa": after the Berlin wall came down, this manifestation replaced the “Quadrennial Exhibition of the Art of Soviet Socialist Countries”. Among 350 European artists, Capucci proposes a fabric sculpture from 1987 ‘Perspective’, the only presence in fabric. (Catalogue Galeries am Fishmarkt Ed Erfurt)
Paris, April/July 1993 - Hotel de la Monnaye
"Regards sur la Femme": art and sculpture among Picasso, Henry Moore, Balthus, Giacometti, Andrè Masson. Exhibited 15 fabric sculptures from the Archives. Capucci is the only one to present works in fabric. (Catalogue National Art Printing Works)
Wien, February/May 1994, Kunsthistorisches Museum
"La prima donna del mondo - Isabella d'Este": Capucci makes a free interpretation of a dress basing himself on literary sources of the time.
New York, October 1994, Guggenheim Museum
"Italian Metamorphosis": in an exhibition dedicated to the evolution of Italian creativity in all its expressions, 3 fabric sculptures from the Archives of 1950 and 1960 are exhibited. (Catalogue Guggnheim Museum Ed.)
Vienna, January/April 1995, Kunsthistorisches Museum
"La prima donna pittrice - Sofonisba Anguissola - Erste malerin der Reneissance" : Capucci makes a free interpretation of a dress basing himself on literary sources of the time.
Venice, June 1995, Venice Biennale International Exhibition of Visual Arts "1895/1995 Centenario":in occasion of the Centenary of the Biennale, Capucci was one of twenty artist invited to present at the Italian Pavilion, 12 ‘Textile Architecture’ inspired by semi-precious natural stones. (Catalogue Marsilio)
Lisbon, May 1998, Universal Expo 2000
"l'Oceano, il futuro dei Mari": invited by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Capucci makes the fabric sculpture ‘Ocean’ exhibited on the Italian Pavilion. The only presence in fabric. (Catalogue Skira).
London, October 1998, Hayward Gallery and Wolfsburg, March 1999, Kunst Museum "Addressing the Century - one hundred Years of Fashion and Art": Capucci exhibits 2 fabric sculptures. (Catalogue Hayward Gallery Publ.)
Wolfsburg, March l999, Kunts Museum: "Addressing the Century - One hundred Years of Fashion and Art". Capucci exhibits 2 dresses. (Catalogue Hayward Gallery Publishing).
Bari, April 15/August 31 2000, Svevo and Caen Castle, September 29/ December 2000, Abbaye aux Dames "Le ali di Dio: Messaggeri e Guerrieri alati fra Oriente ed Occidente" : 5 creations inspired by angels along with art works of Botticelli, Domenichino, Guido Reni.
(Catalogue Silvana Editoriale)
Milan, April 26 2000, Palazzo of the Permanente "A misura di ambiente - Cantico 2000": exhibited 2 creations inspired by nature. Famous designer like Norman Foster participated to this exhibition, work of art of artists of the Land Art were exhibited. (Catalogue Stampa Inedita/Etica Europea/Banca Europa)
Florence, March 10/May 10 2001, Museum of the Argenti, Palazzo Pitti "L'Arte del gioiello e il gioiello d'artista dal "900 ad oggi": exhibited one fabric sculpture. (Catalogue Giunti)
Milan April 4/May 13th 2001, Palazzo della Triennale "Made in Italy - Memoria": exhibition organized by Gae Aulenti and Luca Ronconi. Exhibition of one sculptural dress and a series of designs with documentation of the time. (Catalogue Skira)
Como, May 17/September 30th 2001, the Foundation of Antonio Ratti Villa Olmo "Seta: il Novecento a Como":exhibited 2 fabric sculptures from the Archives.
New York, May 18 2001/February 2002, The Ferissimo Gallery "Design 21":Capucci dresses a puff with the 60's style, exhibited with a dress of the ‘Box Line’ with a plastic overcoat of 1966. (Catalogue Felissimo Gallery Publ.)
Florence, June 22nd 2001, Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence "Le origini del successo":on the exhibition of the fiftieth anniversary of Italian Fashion in memory of the founder Marchese Giovanbattista Giorgini, one dress sculpture with 84 colours is specially created and exhibited.
Turin, December 6th 2002/January 26th 2003, Palazzo Carignano "Per filo e per segno: l'eccellenza italiana. I tessuti tra arte moda e tecnologia" : exhibition of the 12 ‘Textile Architecture’ of the Venice Biennale of 1995.
Turin, May 15/May 19 2003, International Fair of the Book
: exhibition of the 12 ‘Textile Architecture’ of the Venice Biennale of 1995.
Brussels, October 10 2003/January 10 2004, Palais des Beaux Arts
"Vénus dévoilée. Autour d'un seul tableau: la Vénus d'Urbino du Titien": in correspondence with the Italian Semester of the European Union Presidency, Capucci was invited to exhibit a sculptural dress, the only one on the exhibition (Catalogue Palais des Beaux Arts Ed.)
New York, October 12/26 2003, Gallery of Dia Center "1950-2000 Theatre of Italian creativity": 2 creations exhibited from the Archives of the 50s. (Catalogue Dia Center Gallery Publ.)
Athens, June 22/October 2004, Benaki Museum "Ptychoseis = Folds+Pleats - Drapery from ancient Greece to 21st century fashion" : on this exhibition linked to cultural events for the Olympic Games of 2004, 2 sculpture dresses are exhibited with pleats and architectural elements. (Catalogue Hellenic Cultural Organization S.A.)
Aichi, Japan, March 25/September 25 2005, Universal Expo 2005 "L'Arte del Vivere" : made and exhibited, the sculptural dress ‘Donna di Vetro’, a creation made with fabric and plastic materials, absolutely unique inspired by water. (Catalogue Skira)
Rome, April 7/May 24 2005, Complesso Monumentale of Vittoriano - "Roma luoghi e colori" : historical/contemporary exhibition of painting, poetry, video and photography, dedicated to the city, exhibition of 3 architectural fabrics from 1978, 1987 and 1989 evocative of Rome – a classic column, a Corinthian headband and a baroque angel -. The initiative makes part of the manifestations “Festa di Primavera” organized by the Province of Rome. (Catalogue Gangemi)
Rome, March 7/April 12th 2006, Complesso Monumentale of Vittoriano "L'Italia della Repubblica 1946-2006" : the history of the Italian Republic through events that have contradistinguished presidential mandates in 60 years of democracy. Capucci exhibits the dress created in 1986 for Rita Levi Montalcini worn in Stockholm in occasion of the Nobel Price for medicine. (Catalogue Cangemi)
Wien, March 17/20 September 2006, Albertina Museum - "Mozart - Experiment Aufklarung" : on the 250 anniversary of the birth of Mozart, 3 creations of Roberto Capucci are exhibited. The ‘Marsina’ of 1992 became the emblem of the exhibition. (Catalogue Da Ponte Institut Ed.)
Trieste, May 18/June 30, 2006; Serre di Villa Revoltella Galleria Lipanje Puntin Civic Museums – Project "Wonderful/Hibiscus" : 2 sculptural dresses are exhibited on the exhibition dedicated to contemporary art that was inspired by nature. (Catalogue Civic Museums Trieste)
Como, October 7/November 12, 2006; Church of San Francesco – Project 2006 Miniartextilcomo “IN_RETE” : on this exhibition dedicated to the used of different fabrics and materials, Roberto Capucci exhibited 3 dresses with the presence of plastic materials, two from 1966 and one from 2006 from the title ‘Architecture’ made for the Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Architecture of Strasbourg. (Catalogue Cesarenani Como)
Caraglio, Cuneo October 28, 2006/April 30 2007, 2007, Filatoio di Caraglio "Seta. Potere e glamour. Tessuti e abiti dal Rinascimento al XX secolo" : with the invitation of the Piedmont Region, Capucci participates to this initiative that celebrates the restoration and the mechanization of the spinning mill for the weaving of organzine silk. 3 fabric sculptures from 1985, 1956 and 1952 are exhibited. The dress ‘Nine Skirts’ of 1956 became the emblem of the exhibition. (Catalogue Silvana Editoriale)

Milan, The Triennial of Milano Foundation, December 6 2007/April 30 2009, Triennial Design Museum; “Che cos'è il design italiano” : The creation 'Nove Gonne' from 1956 is shown in a selection of Italian design in occasion of the opening of the first Italian official dedicated museum. (Catalogue Electa).

Prato, Fondazione del Tessuto of Prato February 2/April 14, 2008 Museo del Tessuto di Prato "Thayaht, an artist at the origines of made in Italy. The jumpsuit challenges the future” : Roberto Capucci created a jumpsuit dedicated to Thayaht.

Basilea, May 12/August 30 2009, Tinguely Museum: “Armour & Gown”. Tinguely Museum pays homapage to the exhibition by the Kunsthistoriches Museum of Wien in 1991 “Roberto Capucci, Roben wie Rustungen. Mode in Stahl und Seide”. The Tinguely Museum shows 12 creations of Roberto Capucci together with the collection of the Armours of the XV century of the Imperial Habsburg Family. (Catalogue Kehrer Design Heidelberg).
Florence, Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence and the Roberto Capucci Foundation, April 9/September 27 2009, Villa Bardini: “Vedute di Firenze tra il Seicento e il Novecento”. A selection of paintings selected from the art collection of Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence are exhibited together with seven sculpture-dresses of the historical Archive. This inaugurates the new strategy of the Villa Bardini cultural center: the objective is to create a stronger link between all the activies done by Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and the Roberto Capucci Foundation.
Wien, June 24/September 27 2009, Museum fur Volkenkunde Kunsthistoriches: “Wir sind Maske”. The mask, firstform of artistic production of the human race, effective way of communication between people and divinity, is the protagonist of the exhibition promoted by the Kunsthistoriches Museum of Wien. Roberto Capucci partecipates with “Donna Gioiello”, sculpture-dress taffetas mask in resinglass mask-headcap that reminds the dogal horn. The creation was made in 1984 for the Carnival of Venice and donated to the Fortuny Museum of Venice. (Catalogue Silvana - Hoepli Editori).
Caraglio, Cuneo, July 27/October 25 2009, Filatoio di Caraglio: "I colori della rosa. Purezza, vanitas, passione nell’arte dal XV al XXI secolo”. The exhibition documents the iconographic meaning of the rose, and her success in the european art. Roberto Capucci participates at the exhibition with a creation, the “Bocciolo” of 1956. (Catalogue Silvana Editoriale).

Gorizia, December 19 2009/May 1 2010, Museo della Moda e delle Arti Applicate dei Musei Provinciali di Gorizia: “Futurismo – Moda – Design. La ricostruzione dell’universo quotidiano”. 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 under the patronage of the Comitato Nazionale for the Celebrazioni per il Centenario del Manifesto Futurista.
(Catalogue Musei Provinciali di Gorizia).
Rome, February 9/April 5 2010, Museum of Rome Palazzo Braschi: “Carnevale romano”. 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 in onyx-coral-pearl taffetas with an extraordinary mask-hat, 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. “Carnevale romano” is an exhibition that celebrates the memory of a special event in the roman life of the XIX century ; 90 pieces are shown, from famous artists as Bartolomeo and Achille Pinelli, the french painter Jean Louis Baptiste Thomas, the Italian painter Ippolito Caffi. (Catalogue Palombi Editori).
Milan, May 5/ June 5 2010, Triennale di Milano and Rome,  October 6 / November 30 2010, Museo dell’Ara Pacis: “Cento anni di imprese per l’Italia”. An important photographic exhibition curated by Giovanna Calvenzi, Ludovico Pratesi, 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 development 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. (Catalogue Alinari 24 Ore)
Rome, September 19 2010/ February 7 2011, Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi: "Il Risorgimento a colori: pittori, patrioti e patrioti pittori nella Roma del XIX secolo". Roberto Capucci sculpture-dress 'Angelo Barocco' is shown in the exhibition on occasion of the 140th anniversary of Rome Capital foundation. 130 pieces, paintings, sculptures, graphics, 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.

(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.