Bulgari Is Presenting Sponsor for Upcoming Bellissima Exhibition

Bulgari Presents Bellissima at NSU Art MuseumThe exhibition Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968, was organized by MAXXI, Rome, and underscores NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s special focus on the years following World War II, and explores the fertile period that saw the rapid rise of Italian high fashion.

In an effort to restore and stabilize the Italian post-World War II economy, the United States infused essential support to revitalize the Italian fashion industry. Italian designers helped reactivate textiles and silk factories and provided jobs for skilled craftsmen. Drawing on a rich artistic and cultural history that was part of their everyday life, designers such as Valentino and Pucci and ateliers of Ferragamo and Gucci produced luxury creations that were also comfortable and practical. During this time, the relationship between art and fashion was fluid, with the two disciplines reflecting the working environment of artists and designers.

The exhibition encompasses the time period during the rise of Italian cinema – Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, and Michelangelo Antonioni – and international styles of artists such as Luciano Fontana, whose slashed canvases inspired designer Mila Schön. The popularity of these designs and the social upheaval of the late 1960s led to the rise of Italian-designed casual ready-to-wear fashion to satisfy a mass market.

Exhibition conceived by the MAXXI: National Museum of the XXI Century Arts. Curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, Anna Mattirolo, and Stefano Tonchi. Presenting Sponsor: Bulgari. Additional support provided by Funding Arts Broward, Inc.

Exhibitions and programs at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale are made possible in part by a challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Funding is also provided by Nova Southeastern University, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. NSU Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.