Fondazione Antonio Ratti

L'età dell'eleganza. Le Filande e Tessiture Costa nella Como degli anni Cinquanta

6 May–27 June 2010
Villa del Grumello

An exhibition was held in collaboration with the State Archive of Como within the "Archivi della Moda del '900" initiative.

Thanks to the comprehensive physical archives, almost entirely preserved at the State Archive of Como and the national and the international loans (among others, Paris' Musée Galliera and the Fundacion Cristobal Balenciaga in Guetaria), it was possible to recreate the historical and creative process to one of those companies that contributed to disseminate the excellence of Como throughout Europe. The exhibition and its catalogue provided an insight into the entire production cycle: the initial idea, the drawing, the print tests on paper, to the finished fabric.

One outstanding name emerged: Andrée Brossin de Méré, a Swiss designer who attributed most of the printed silk that made an appearance on the runways of the most famed post-war couturiers.

The exhibition included creations by Dior, Givenchy, Fath, Balenciaga, Galitzine, and other Italian and European tailors made in the Fifties with Costa fabrics.

Exhibition and catalogue curated by Margherita Rosina and Francina Chiara
Project set up by Paolo Brambilla

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