Fashion and the Italian economic miracle

From: 07-02-2016     To: 05-06-2016

Sorelle Fontana model alongside the hand of the colossal statue of Constantine in the courtyard of the Musei Capitolini in Rome, 1952. Photograph by Regina Relang, courtesy Archiv Relang, Sammlung Photographs, Munchner Stadmuseum.

Unlikely as it may seem, embroidered evening gowns, silk cocktail dresses and Marilyn Monroe’s stilettos helped to kickstart Italy’s economic “miracle” after the Second World War. With more than 230 garments and accessories by designers such as Valentino and Salvatore Ferragamo, Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-68 at NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale (7 February-5 June), traces the growth of an industry that brought Italian craftsmanship and culture international kudos. The show, which was organised by and first presented at the Maxxi museum in Rome, also features films, photographs and works of art from the period. It is sponsored by Bulgari.