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The Sweet Sixties: Narrazioni di Moda

The Sweet Sixties, Sala Optical
The Sweet Sixties, Sala Space Age
The Sweet Sixties, Sala Alta Moda
The Sweet Sixties, abito ispirazione Courrèges
The Sweet Sixties, abito Capogrossi

The Armerie Superiori of the National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo host the irresistible exhibition-performance dedicated to the sparkling Sixties, curated by Stefano Dominella and Guillermo Mariotto with sets by Virginia Vianello.

The Sweet Sixties. Narrazioni di Moda is a time travel through the age that indelibly marked the lifestyle, leaving the fashion world with an extraordinary legacy of inspiration to draw from.

A cultural and social revolution that has its origins in the "Swinging London", as Time defined the British capital in 1966, creating icons and reimagining the style of an entire generation to the rhythm of the Beatles: clothes, shoes and accessories that shone in the colourful windows of Carnaby Street, including Mary Quant's miniskirts, or in the elegant King's Road, like Ossie Clark's sensual creations, while pantyhose and bob hair were all the rage. Italy was pleasantly overwhelmed by the brilliant Elio Fiorucci, who created and launched on the market the idea of ​​a lifestyle made of jeans and delicious t-shirts with little angels and hearts, giving life to a real international subculture between rides in Vespa and Lambretta and nights dancing in clubs.

The exhibition path winds along five rooms and fifty looks, which tell the atmosphere of a light and dreamy period through visual contaminations and upcycling that combine historical suits with clothes and accessories from flea markets and vintage shops.

In the first room, Carnaby Street, two looks by Guillermo Mariotto dominate the centre, accompanied by passers-by dressed as young women during a shopping day in London's cult boutiques.The second chapter reflects on free associations between naturalistic and luxuriant prints, including the colourful plumage of the "fashion gardener" Ken Scott and the pop references of denim and little angels by Fiorucci.
The third room evokes the lunar atmospheres of Courrèges, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne, and Valentino Garavani, rediscovered in metal, PVC and helmet-like hats. Then, on display is the glamour of the fourth room: bold hues, colours, embroideries and sequins of the marvellous creations with which high fashion dressed the bourgeois for special occasions, remembered with a selection of archive dresses, including those by Sartoria Battilocchi, Jole Veneziani, Gattinoni, Lancetti, Mila Schön and Carosa.
Finally, in the Optical Room are the intriguing geometries of black and white, the two colours-non-colours par excellence, dominate, to then conclude the exhibition with the celebration of art through Giuseppe Capogrossi's creative legacy and the Cursed Painters of Rome's work, recalling fashion's extraordinary evocative power and infinite possibilities.

Cover Image: The Sweet Sixties, Optical Room


from 27 March 2023 to 21 May 2023
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Dal 27 marzo al 21 maggio 2023
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The Sweet Sixties: Narrazioni di Moda, Lungotevere Castello, 50
Lungotevere Castello, 50
41° 54' 9.0612" N, 12° 27' 58.9824" E

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