The Ara Pacis Museum hosts RoMaison 2020, a project with which Rome becomes part of fashion's contemporary story. On display, the archives and productions of the most prestigious Rome's costume design studios where haute couture blends with theatrical costume, and inspiration constantly reinvents the concept of clothing, between tradition and experimentation.
The first edition of the initiative shows the city as an extraordinary design laboratory, in which two symbolic realities of the Made in Italy coexist: knowledge and study of the archive and the wise, creative expression of the Italian artisans, through visual arts, photography, costume and cinema.
Rome opens its historical places to projects and initiatives dedicated to research and culture of fashion, away from the industrial manufacture, concentrating on the local artisan roots, and how they are being translated into digital and technological contemporaneity.
Curated by the fashion historian and critic Clara Tosi Pamphili, the exhibition evokes the dimension of the studios - where the public can observe the creative and research aspect, the unique techniques and the Italian savoir-faire - and engage with the private archives and collections.
Annamode, Costumi d'arte - Peruzzi, Farani, Pieroni, Tirelli, historic houses sought out by the biggest names in cinema and by many stylists and couturiers – to study, to collaborate with or to be inspired by - are the great protagonists with clothes and accessories from different eras. For the first time, beside cinema and theatre costumes, on display the rich and exclusive heritage of authentic pieces from the end of the 18th century to the present days, collected in almost a century of activity. Not only iconic pieces but also designs from Gabriele Mayer's personal archive, including photos and videos, and a section dedicated to Mensura - which has been producing mannequins for more than a century - and highlights the relationship between art and craftsmanship, with authentic pieces which exist on the boundary between sculpture and mannequin.
The exhibition is accompanied by an event at the Mattatoio in Testaccio, which hosts the debut of the extraordinary performance "Embodying Pasolini", played by Tilda Swinton, the multi-award-winning Scottish actress who already won the Academy Award in 2008 and the Golden Lion for Career Achievement at the latest edition of the Venice Film Festival.
The project is directed by Olivier Saillard, fashion historian, world-famous fashion curator and former director of the Palais Galliera Fashion Museum in Paris. Broadcast in live streaming and available all over the world, the event is a reflection on the evocative power of the costumes created by Roman artisans for Pier Paolo Pasolini's films.
Dress by Danilo Donati for Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini - photo credit Mustafa Sabbagh - courtesy Sartoria Farani;
Frame from the movie Il Conformista (1970) directed by Bernardo Bertolucci - Dress Tirelli Costumi - photo credit Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna;
Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard - performance The Impossible Wardrobe - Parigi Palais de Tokyo - photo credit Piero Biason
From 23rd October to 29th November 2020
last admission at 18.30
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