In recent years Philadelphia has become home to a growing number of fashion-driven designers, artists, publications, and style mavens. On April 1, ART AFTER 5 will begin its spring season with a night of two “Project Capucci” fashion competitions in celebration of the exhibition Roberto Capucci: Art Into Fashion (March 16 – June 5, 2011) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
One of the founders of modern Italian fashion in the early 1950s, Roberto Capucci is a master of color, form, and innovative silhouettes. Today, after six decades of creative achievement, he is one of Italy’s most influential and imaginative artist-couturiers. Roberto Capucci: Art Into Fashion is the first American tribute to his work, featuring nearly 90 works spanning the artist’s career, with supplementary film clips and historical photographs that document the parallels between his designs and the Italian fashion world. The exhibition will trace Capucci’s artistic career chronologically, from his discovery in 1951 to his recent dress sculptures.
ART AFTER 5 will offer two fashion competitions on April 1. In the first, design students from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Philadelphia University will present Capucci-inspired creations, each of them donned by a runway model from the Wilhelmina agency. NoëlSy Salon will style the models’ hair and make-up and LAGOS will accessorize them with jewelry from its collection.
Clara Henry, Director of Philadelphia University’s fashion design program, states, “This is an exciting opportunity for our designers to respond to the work of an extraordinary visionary who has been an influential force in Italian fashion. As an inspirational source, Roberto Capucci offers designers his astonishing sense of color, volume, and form.”
As the evening begins at 5:45 p.m., host NBC10 anchor Lu Ann Cahn will introduce special guest judges: Marla Green DiDio, Philadelphia fashionista; Missy Dietz, General Manager of Neiman Marcus and member of Philadelphia Magazine’s Style Squad; Jay McCarroll, fashion designer and winner of the inaugural season of Project Runway; Luigi Scotto, Consul General of Italy; and Brigitte Segura, Fashion and Beauty Editor at Fashion Daily Magazine and contributor to InStyle.com, whatswear.com, fashionledge.com, and citychickmagazine.com.
The evening’s second competition is an eye-opener on the creative process of fashion design. Students from Moore College of Art & Design will craft garments on dress forms spontaneously, right on the scene, vying to design a winning creation. The students will be able to design throughout the evening, but their newly fashioned clothes must be completed in time for judging at 8:00 p.m.
At the evening’s close, the judges will announce the design winners
from the runway and live couture competitions. Winners of both competitions
will be awarded a cash prize donated by the Italian Consulate as well as the
Heart of Philadelphia pendant from the LAGOS collection, inspired by the iconic
columns of the Museum. The night’s artistic inspiration will continue
until the Museum’s galleries close at 8:45 p.m.