Rome’s Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari (National Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions) is holding an exhibition that shows off Italian fashion’s craftsmanship and the future of Made In Italy.
Called ‘La seduzione dell’artigianato. Ovvero: il bello e ben fatto’ (The Seduction Of Craftsmanship. Namely: The Beautiful And Well Done), the show focuses on Italian tailoring with a series of displays of historical costumes from the 1911 Expo world fair held in Rome that helped put Italy on the map as a leader in clothes manufacturing, to the most acclaimed designer dresses of today.
The exhibition showcases the high-quality tailoring and skill of leading Italian fashion houses and young designers whose creativity represents the future of Made in Italy. It illustrates the techniques used by Italians to create hand-painted fabrics, pleating, buttonholes and suchlike, which have helped the country become a world leader in sartorial elegance.
There are 130 dresses and 61 accessories, such as shoes and handbags, on display from the most prestigious fashion houses Italy has produced. Fashion houses with work featured in the show include Laura Biagiotti, Roberto Cavalli, Roberta di Camerino, Missoni, Miuccia Prada and Valentino. Exhibits also include embroidery from the 1930s, and photographs of tailors and couture workshops over the years.
‘The Seduction Of Craftsmanship’ runs until 10 February.