THE ARTISANS OF OSCAR-WINNING OUTFITS

THIS EXCLUSIVE TOUR ENCOMPASSES TWO HISTORIC SARTORIAL ATELIERS THAT HAVE PRODUCED COSTUMES WORN IN OSCAR WINNING FILMS. SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND STRIKING OUTFITS FROM COLLECTIONS OF THE 1950'S ARE ON DISPLAY AND IT IS POSSIBLE TO TALK TO THE ARTISANS WHO HAVE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN CREATING THE HISTORY OF ITALIAN FILM.


The itinerary takes us to two historical fashion houses in Rome that made the costumes for the Oscar-winning films of Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini and major international directors too.

(Trastevere - San Pietro)

 
 

Protagonists

Annamode

The atelier of the Allegri sisters was established immediately after the war by Anna Allegri, at the time a twenty-five year old lady of the Florentine bourgeoisie, who through her sartorial inventions and engaging charm in a few years succeeded in winning over the fashionable ladies of Rome and later the costume designers working in the renascent Italian cinema, centred on Neorealism. Among the major European film and theatre dressmakers, Annamode is the one that has best embodied the Hamlet-like dualism between fashion and costumes: it succeeded in skilfully bringing together two souls, combining fashion and high-fashion work with show business work.

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Farani

In September 1962, Piero Farani opened his workshop in the Prati neighbourhood, supported by costume-designer Danilo Donati. During the ‘60’s Donati worked with Pasolini, Zeffirelli and Fellini; films that made history and in which Donati and Farani revolutionised the traditional rules of costume-making, trying out new techniques, using unusual materials and simply inventing. During the ‘70’s the workshop opted for theatre and opera and started to work with the major opera theatres, such as the Metropolitan, Covent Garden and the Paris Opera Following the passing away of Piero Farani in 1997, Luigi Piccolo has taken over the helm of the dress-making house definitely and veered towards the historical reconstruction of costumes, although he has kept up the tradition of experimenting.

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