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Fernanda Gattinoni, seamstress of the divas, on show in Kiev

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(ANSA) – ROME, DEC 14 – The exhibition halls of the Mandarin Maison Gallery host from December 14 to 31, an exhibition curated by Stefano Dominella, which tells about one of the most iconic couturiers of the Dolce Vita: “Fernanda Gattinoni. Fashion and stars at the time of Hollywood on the Tiber “. The exhibition, commissioned by the Italian embassy in Kiev and the Italian Cultural Institute and created thanks to the historical archive of the Gattinoni maison, describes the relationship between the Roman seamstress and some of the greatest divas of the years of Hollywood on the Tiber and Sweet life.

From the second half of the 1940s, Fernanda Gattinoni’s atelier in Rome became a fixed destination for the international jet set passing through the capital. Among its clients, in addition to first ladies and ambassadors, from Evita Peron to Claire Boothe Luce, there are a number of movie stars including Anouk Aimée, Ingrid Bergman, Lucia Bosè, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Rossella Falk, Audrey Hepburn , Gina Lollobrigida, Anna Magnani, Kim Novak, Lana Turner and Monica Vitti. This exhibition is dedicated to them, to the actresses who chose Fernanda Gattinoni as their favorite seamstress. The itinerary will open with the clothes from the private wardrobe and the stage costumes of Europa 51 (1952) and Fiore di Cactus (1969) made for Ingrid Bergman, to pass to Lana Turner, Fernanda Gattinoni’s loyal customer since 1953, when she arrived in Rome to interpret The flame and the flesh (1954), souvenir film in the cheap Cinecittà studios. We then move on to some examples of the Casanova collection (1958) that belonged to Kim Novak, up to the micro-collection of petites robes noires, coming from Anna Magnani’s personal wardrobe.

Finally, a special section will be dedicated to Audrey Hepburn and the costumes that Fernanda Gattinoni created for her for the role of Natasha in War and Peace (1956). Since then, Audrey too, while not interrupting her association with Givenchy, became one of Madame Gattinoni’s regulars. Alongside 30 creations, including stage costumes and private life clothes, photographs will be exhibited that illustrate the relationship between the couturier and many stars of international cinema. (HANDLE).

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