Fashion and Manners: Style and Costume in Italy 1900-1960

Arezzo, Basilica of St. Francis (exhibition area) - 24 march / 4 november 2018

A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion (Coco Chanel)

This exhibition describes more than half a century of the history of fashion and of costume in Italy. With a rich selection of period costumes, fashion accessories, paintings, drawings, water colours and photographs, the exhibition tells the tale of how Italian style evolved in everyday life: from the sinuous lines of Belle Époque clothing to the daringly slippery styles of the Art Déco period, the stern austerity of wartime, the creativity of the fifties and the happy-go-lucky flair of the sixties.

This is a tale that focuses primarily on the female figure, ever the absolute star of the fashion scene, whose progressive social emancipation its illustrates, as the restrictive corsets and bulky skirts of the early years of the century were cast off, to be replaced by increasingly dynamic, modern clothing that culminated in the revolutionary miniskirt.

Divided into sections, one for each individual decade, the exhibition showcases the fashions that people wore, but also the ones that they admired in the magazines or were depicted by reporter artists like Ottorino Mancioli, or by painters like Fazi, Sobrero and Avenali, portraitists of everyday life. Lastly, the objects that left their marks on epochs – the gramophone, the radio, the telephone and the television – also bear witness to the Italian style.

The exhibition is curated by Mariastella Margozzi and Laura Mancioli, is organized by Munus and the Direzione del Polo Museale della Toscana in collaboration with Stil&Arte, sponsored by Regione Toscana, carried out with the contribution of Argenterie Giovanni Raspini and Valdichiana Outlet Village Media Partners: La Nazione and Teletruria

Info e reservations

Opening hours
Basilica of St Francis / Piero della Francesca’s frescoes
Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 6 pm

Exhibition € 3,00 + Basilica of St. Francis € 8,00 = € 11
Exhibition € 3,00 + Basilica of St. Francis + Vasari House Museum + National Archaeological Museum € 12,00 = € 15,00
Exhibition only: € 6,00

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