Rome Exhibition Celebrates Italian Costume Design in Film

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 02:00

[Photo: Costume designer Piero Tosi adjusts an outfit worn by Claudia Cardinale on the set of "The Leopard".]

If you’re in Rome these days, make sure you check out the exhibition currently on view at Palazzo Braschi, “I vestiti dei sogni”, dedicated to Italian costume design from the silver screen.

The exhibition features more than 100 original outfits, dozens of designs and a selection of objects from Italian and foreign films, whose costumes were designed by Italian artists, including Oscar winners Piero Tosi, Danilo Donati, Milena Canonero and Gabriella Pescucci; the selection represents all eras of cinema history from silent films to today.

Among the featured films are “Marie Antoinette” by Sophia Coppola, whose costumes were designed by three-time Oscar winner Milena Canonero, who has just received her ninth Oscar nomination for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.  

Other films include “The Age of Innocence” by Martin Scorsese, costumes by Gabriella Pescucci; “Il Casanova” and “Amarcord” by Federico Fellini, costumes by Danilo Donati; “The Great Beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino, costumes by Daniela Ciancio; “Death in Venice”, “The Leopard” and “Marriage Italian Style”, whose costumes were designed by Piero Tosi, nominated five times for the Academy Award for Costume Design, and honored with an Honorary Academy Award in 2013 for his achievements in costume design over 75 years.

The exhibition is not just gallery of clothes, rather, it aims to convey the idea of an Italian school of costume designers, a tradition of Italian craftsmanship that made some costumes simply unforgettable for different generations of movie-goers.

The exhibition, curated by the Cineteca di Bologna, closes on March 22.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 19.00; last admission 1 hour before closing time; closed Monday.

Entrance ticket: € 11,00. 

Address: Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi, Piazza di S. Pantaleo 10.