Mostra ai Musei CapitoliniFor some time high fashion creations have acquired the status of works of art and have thus been featured in international exhibitions such as those in Venice’s Biennale and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in the exhibition about post-World War II Italy.

By now fashion is recognised as a part of our collective cultural heritage and as such, should be conserved, researched, and valued.

It has been one of the Foundation’s projects to have Sorelle Fontana creations on display in some of the most prestigious international exhibition spaces.
Some of them are part of permanent museum collections including the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco and the Museo d’Arte e Costume in Venice.

Dresses worn by mannequins shown together with other art works in spaces without time, appear as statues, elegant and fatal yet at the same time essential and austere – this is how haute couture is perfectly placed in the magic atmosphere of an art gallery.

Capitoline Musuems in Rome

Exhibition at the Capitoline Musuems in Rome The aim of our exhibitions is to demonstrate not only the close connections between the stylists’ language and to that of the painter or the sculpture, but also the intrinsic value of high fashion objects independent of function or the era in which they were created. The exhibition comprised Sorelle Fontana vintage dresses that are now kept and preserved at the Micol Fontana Foundation.

The dresses on display were some of the most important creations from the late 1940s to the early 1990s by Sorelle Fontana, the fashion house that dressed many famous women from showbusiness and high society and timeless icons of elegance and charm such as Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace of Monaco, Princess Soraya of Persia, Princess Maria Gabriella of the House of Savoy, and Jacqueline Kennedy.
Previous Sorelle Fontana exhibitions met with great public acclaim, most notably those organised at the Louvre in Paris, at Castel Sant’Angelo Museum in Rome, at the Scuderie Pilotta e Fondazione Magnani Rocca in Traversetolo near Parma, at the Museo Revoltella in Trieste, and at the Palazzo Cuttiva in Alessandria. As well as dresses, there were sketches, photographs, and embroidery samples exhibited, and together they illustrated the complex design work that is behind the creation of high fashion garments.

The exhibitions displayed the fine craftsmanship of Sorelle Fontana, the impact their dresses had on the media and on cinema in particular, and were testament to one of the happiest eras of recent Italian history.

The Sorelle Fontana creations have been worn by women who have made entire generations dream and who have become a part of the collective imagination. By looking at the dresses designed by Zoe, Micol, and Giovanna Fontana one is taken back to the glamorous golden age of Hollywood of the 1950s and 1960s. Moreover, if one considers design objects and clothing in general worthy of historical interest, then high fashion acquires the status of works of art.

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