Capucci Dionisiaco, Drawings for the theater: the magnificent fantasy of a great master.

Costume for theatrical representation, drawing by Roberto Capucci (2009)

“Rita Rainbow” by Beatrice Brandini

I have already dedicated a post to Roberto Capucci (January 21st 2014), but such an important and complete figure would deserve many others. This time the occasion is a beautiful exhibition that I had the privilege of seeing together with the master himself: CAPUCCI Dionysiac, drawings for the theater. Firenze Gallerie degli Uffizi – Palazzo Pitti – Andito degli Angiolini.

The review consisted of 72 large-format paper works that revealed an unusual and unprecedented Capucci. In fact, in addition to knowing him and admiring him internationally for its beautiful creations of women’s high fashion, here it was discovered in a phantasmagorical and dreamlike repertoire of fantastic men’s costumes, incredibly imaginative.

   

Drawings for the theater by Roberto Capucci

      

Drawings for the theater by Roberto Capucci

   

Drawings for the theater by Roberto Capucci

Homage to Borromini

Pinwheels, ribbons, polka dots, feathers, headgear, helmets, etc. all harmoniously defined in the stroke and in the chromatism, in the imagination and in the unpredictability, that Capucci realizes, transforms and makes magic.

A set of “follies”, as Capucci himself states, and which not by chance chose to present in Florence, the city that saw him make his debut in 1951 with a surprise fashion show in the context of the First Italian High Fashion Show organized by marquis Giorgini. Event that has seen participate, consecrate and, as in the case of Capucci, debut, the biggest names in Italian fashion, pioneers of what only a few decades later will be called “Made in Italy”, a concept linked to fashion but also to a more high and complete status that defines creativity, excellence, the well done, recognized in Italy and appreciated all over the world.

   

Glimpses of the exhibition rooms with drawings by Roberto Capucci

The tower of Babel

The magic Flute

Medusa

      

Drawings for the theater by Roberto Capucci

The hedgehog man

Metropolis

Papageno

Monsieur Butterfly

Harem

The title of the exhibition, Capucci Dionisiaco, is suggested by the mysterious and ambiguous character that characterizes the male costumes present. A gallery of multiform figures and the many metamorphoses that appear to transfigure the myth of Dionysus, the divinity of wine but also of theater and scenic representation accompanied by music and the ineffable and uninhibited character of his chameleonic procession.

Glimpses of the exhibition rooms with drawings by Roberto Capucci

Glimpses of the exhibition rooms with drawings by Roberto Capucci

Persepoli

Chinese fairy tale

Glimpes of the exhibition rooms with drawings by Roberto Capucci

The great Maestro Roberto Capucci at the preview for the press of the exhibition Capucci Dionisiaco, drawings for the theater.

The great Maestro Roberto Capucci at the preview for the press of the exhibition Capucci Dionisiaco, drawings for the theater.

Cappucci available and courteous, a man who despite the fame and popularity (he has exhibited in the largest museums in the world, has dressed the most beautiful and elegant ladies of the aristocracy, cinema and theater), preserves the purity of a child, aware of his talent but not yet completely satisfied.

      

Drawings for the theater by Roberto Capucci

   

Glimpses of the exhibition rooms with drawings by Roberto Capucci

   

Heike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Gallery and Roberto Capucci at the press conference

Thanks Master Capucci, I wanted to hug you and to say thank you, you have inspired the work of many people, you have made this world more beautiful and elegant thanks to your masterpiece dresses.

Good life to everyone!

Beatrice

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