From Roman times through the Renaissance to the present day, Italy has been synonymous with style and design.
Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968, continues through June 5 at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. The exhibition features 230 garments – plus accessories and jewelry – by some of the top Italian designers of the post-World War II era, including Emilio Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Fendi, Farragamo and Bulgari.
The exhibition also explores the symbiotic relationship between film and fashion. Luxury clothing added to the allure of Anna Magnani, Anita Ekberg and Ingrid Bergman, for example; but the exclusive designs they wore often had a practical side that helped foster the ready-to-wear Italian clothing industry of today. Says curator Stefano Tonchi, “This awareness of reality created an opportunity for a fashion system that truly served its patrons, with garments designed for the life of the modern woman.”
NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500, nsuartmuseum.org