Being Rome the Fashion capital, as well as Milan, of one the most important countries for clothing trends, developments and traditions it should come as no big surprise that this city hosts fashion exhibits but 4 different contemporary showings is quite some news.
Let’s start with one of Italy’s most famous fashion designer, Fernanda Gattinoni. Her dresses are on display at Rome’s Museum of Decorative Arts, Costume and Fashion, Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi until March 10. “Fashion and Stars of Roman Hollywood” displays Gattinoni’s creations worn by Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Kim Novak, Evita Peron, Claire Boothe Luce and many other jet set figures of the Dolce Vita times. On show also photos of the 1950s and documentary films about her fashion house. Free entrance. Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30am-7pm. A sample of this exhibit, witha handful of clothes on display, can also be seen in Via IV Novembre 119, right next to piazza Venezia, in Rome’s Province building. Monday to Friday 10am-7pm. Saturday 10am-1pm. Free Entrance.
Also free is the original fashion exhibit hosted by one of our favorite Art and Design bookshops in Rome, Estile (many texts are in English). “Iron and Silk Theatre” is an exposition about elegance during the centuries, an ode to Italian craftsmanship, thorough 14 paintings by Pino Vastarella stretching from Renaissance armours to silk clothes. Until March 31. Monday to Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm and 3:30pm-8pm.
The third and biggest exhibit we want to tell you about is devoted to the world fashion scene. As you might know, the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, in the late 80s, started taking pictures as a second job and Chiostro del Bramante, with its unexpected Renaissance cloister in the middle of Rome and the nice restaurant/coffee bar with modern Italian cuisine and a real brunch, hosts Lagerfeld’s photos in an exposition running until April 10. From Nicole Kidman to Monica Bellucci, from Jack Nicholson to Claudia Schiffer, from Stella Tennant to Linda Evangelista, the Kaiser photographed the star system for a quarter of century. These works will be in the first section of the exhibit, wheras the second part will consist of his more creative and experimental images, painted, processed, transformed into canvasses etc…Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-8pm. At Arco della Pace, 5.
Finally, if you are into old fashion, Galleria Corsini, the second National Art Gallery of Rome, in Trastevere, from March 3 to May 1 will display 18th century clothes and fans in what is a beautiful 18th century building with gardens. And don’t miss the paintings by Italian, Dutch/Flemish and Spanish masters. There is also a Caravaggio!
Rome’s top fashion event is Altaroma, whose shows take place in January and July. Read here for further details