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Roberto Capucci has been referred to as a fashion maestro, an architect of clothing, and also a sculptor, but to put it simply, he has been a leading Italian fashion designer. Hailing from Rome, his sculpted apparel much like the abundance of Roman sculpture on display in that wonderful city, is a display of inventiveness. Equally important, this makes it all the more timeless for its ability to stand out even as the fashion world employs trend after trend with each passing season.

Roberto Capucci: An Italian’s Fashion Sculptor History

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Roberto Capucci – Photo from elledecor.com

Capucci was born to a wealthy Roman family in 1929. He studied at Rome’s famous Accademia di Belle Arti where his artistic ability was already quite pronounced. He worked for a while with the designer Emilio Schuberth but soon opened his own fashion house in Rome in 1950 when he was only twenty-one. That same year, he enjoyed a brilliant showing in Florence.

roberto capucci with his models
Roberto Capucci with his models – Photo from dailyartmagazine.com

Also, the young designer was judged the best Italian fashion designer, selected for praise by Christian Dior in 1956. The same year, he received the Medal of Gold of Venice. By 1962, he had another successful couture house operating in Paris, but his main home was established in 1968 at the via Gregoriana in Rome.

Reasons and design inspiration – Nature, his mentor

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Roberto Capucci’s designs, inspired by nature – Photo from dazeddigital.com

Capucci never designed for commercial success. The runway shows were all held in silence, lacking the buzz and brou-ha-ha that is now customary with any fashion show. However, he never agreed to the duplication of his gowns for his customers. They had to fit into his runway dress models, or not buy the pieces at all.

Of his inspiration, he has said: “Nature is my mentor. In my garden, quietly watching with a childlike sense of fantasy, has helped to instill in me a sense of balance and a constant search for perfection, proportion, harmony.” He has chosen unusual mediums. Mostly, he used pebbles and liquid-filled pockets of plastic to express his muse, often following geometric lines completely at odds with the shape of a woman’s body.

Indeed, his academic interest in fashion led him to withdraw from its commercial aspect in 1980. It was in the subsequent period of 1982 to 1996 that he created one collection a year for different cities like Milan, Tokyo, Florence, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Graz, and Venice, where they were displayed in museums as exhibits with the work of other great artists.

His creations, starred in some of the most famous museums of the world

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The Roberto Capucci Museum in Florence, Italy – Photo from ruckstuhl.com

Several of the most famous museums in the world have shown this maestro’s body of work. Some are Rome’s Galleria di Arte Moderna, Florence’s Galleria del Costume at Palazzo Pitti, New York‘s Guggenheim Museum, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and Vienna’s Schonbrunn Castle. Many of these exhibits featured more than one hundred examples of his clothing creations as well as many illustrations.

While Capucci fashion has many notable strengths, he is best known for his daring fashion experiments-those garments that are sculptures of apparel. Also, his innovative fabric-cuts have achieved clothing that can only be described as architectural. While his creations are emphatically not everyday wear, they are the grand event of apparel. They are show-toppers, clothing that is museum-quality. The creations are dramatic displays of what could be achieved if creativity alone was the sole purpose of fashion. All his clothing marks him as a master of unsurpassed creativity.

Art of design and the creation of fashion

Roberto Capucci and the art in his fashion
Capucci and his artistic creations – Photo from giglio.com

His interest was being in the fashion of ideas and in the creation of fashion without an emphasis on function. He was awarded the honor of a Full Professorship by the University of Peking and Shanghai. There, he held lessons on the art of design in 1995.

The House of Capucc fashioni employed Gianbattista Valli from 1988 to 1990. In 2003 the house sprung a surprise to the fashion world during the Milan Fashion Week with a runway show.

In February 2003. Belgian designer Bernhard Willhelm created a collection after studying the Roberto Capucci design archives and inputs from the maestro himself. Moreover, Spanish designers Sybilla and Tara Subkoff of Imitation of Christ followed in February 2004. But Capucci is more at home with exhibitions of his works in museums and has become more a design prophet than a designer.

Roberto Capucci’s art designs – Photo from capucci.eu

A conclusion about Roberto Capucci’s creations – Amazing designs that exceeded the expected limits

Capucci’s spectacular designs – Photo from luisaviaroma.com

Roberto Capucci’s fashion dresses have gone beyond the expected limits of design. Moreover, his gowns may flow with the body and they may, indeed, stretch a body’s limits. But, when worn by any woman, they are transformed into a spectacular display of fashion at its acme of beauty, innovation, and artistry.

Capucci's boutique in Rome
Capucci’s boutique in Rome – Photo from robertocapucci.com

His boutique is situated in Rome, offering the possibility of having exhibitions, mini-tours and even receives appointments for Haute Couture and wedding dresses. His atelier is at the Trajan’s Forum in Rome.

Boutique adress: Boutique Capucci – Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 61, 00186 Rome 


Tel: +39 06 687 6298

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