“An emotional dramaturgy”
“Through the juxtaposition of different atmospheres and narratives, the exhibition composes an emotional dramaturgy inspired by capriccio, an 18th-century art form that combines disparate views of cities and architecture, reimagining them as fantastical landscapes of the mind,” the set designer also explains. Conceived by Baroque geniuses such as Giovanni Antonio Canaletto and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, capriccio transforms marvelous Italian vistas into enchanted mirages, creating many of the icons and myths that still influence the perception of Italy both locally and internationally. Fashion itself, after all, is made up of capriccios – fantasies, materialized inspirations, art, music and ultimately culture translated into fabric.
“The pieces presented were chosen instinctively, emotionally, evoking the joy of color, the dignity and grace of Roman architecture, the love present in every gesture – an emotional resonance that is the raison d’être of high fashion,” Gioni continues. Inscribed in the history of fashion, culture and Rome, Valentino’s creations are an integral part of the House’s heritage and its birthplace.
How, finally, can we talk about Valentino without mentioning the designer’s deep connection to La Dolce Vita at its peak? This golden age of Italian cinema is reflected in gowns created for Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy and, more recently, the actress and model Zendaya. The exhibition also includes ensembles from the private collection of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, a longtime Valentino client.