150 years of Italian Fashion on display at Reggia di Venaria Reale

From last 17th September 2011 until 8th January 2012, the royal palace Reggia di Venaria Reale (located near Turin) will host an exhibition called Moda in Italia (Fashion in Italy), an event for celebrating 150 years of elegance.

A real journey in the Italian style and fashion from 1861 until today, from the stars of cinema to the great contemporary fashion designers. This extraordinary exhibition is one of the several celebrations scheduled in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy and it will present the history of Italian fashion with the most representative dresses of each epoch.

The exhibition will take place in the new Sale delle Arti at Reggia di Venaria, which has been proclaimed the fifth cultural site most visited in Italy since 2007, after a long restoration.

Such a great event will explain why fashion has always been and keeps on being still nowadays one of the main elements of contemporary Italian identity, a symbol in the world for its creativity, elegance and style, and also why fashion influences habits and customs and how it reflects society, culture and time.

The exhibition itinerary meets history and imagination, cinema, novels and current affairs by presenting authentic dresses belonged to historical personages who, with their style, influenced taste in clothes of an epoch (such as Gabriele d’Annunzio and the queens of Italy Eleonora Duse and Lina Cavalieri), but also famous cloche used in movies, like the much talked-about pretino created by the Fontana sisters for Ava Gardner and reinterpreted by Piero Gherardi for Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita, or the shoes designed by Ferragamo for Marilyn Monroe.

The core of the exhibition is represented by the clothes of the historical Fondazione Tirelli Trappetti of Rome: together with them, there will be other clothes coming from prestigious museums and the creations of the main, contemporary Italian designers. Almost 200 dresses on display for telling the history of Italian fashion, a century and a half of fashion history.

The exhibition is divided into 2 main sections:

The first one concerns the period that goes from the birth of the Nationals State to the birth of Italian fashion. This section is in turn divided into 2 parts: the first telling fashion during the Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946), whereas the second one tells the 50’s and 60’s, the period in which an “Italian fashion” was born and affirmed.

The second section goes from 70’s until our days and it has been created and designed by Franca Sozzani, editor of Vogue Italia. It is the crucial period in which the phenomena of Italian style and Made in Italy came to life and imposed their influence all over the world, strongly shaping the image of the so-called Belpaese.

Finally, at the exhibit there will be several workshops conceived for the schools, organized by Servizi educativi of Venaria Reale.

Italian fashion waits for you only at Reggia di Venaria (Turin) until 8th January 2012!

Further information are available on our online Turin travel guide.

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    Such a great event will explain why fashion has always been and keeps on being still nowadays one of the main elements of contemporary Italian identity, a symbol in the world for its creativity, elegance and style, and also why fashion influences habits and customs and how it reflects society, culture and time.