What miniature versions of Roberto Capucci’s most famous fashion designs may lack in stature they more than make up for in sheer drama.
La Calla—The Calla Lily miniature dress by Roberto Capucci ($4,100).
It’s been nearly a decade since the Philadelphia Museum of Art put the City of Brotherly Love on the map in the world of fashion-with “Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli” in 2003. In the years since, the museum has featured some of the most exciting—and oftentimes eccentric—designers to ever grace the runways, from the minimalist looks of Ronaldus Shamask to the playful collections of Patrick Kelly now on view at the Perelman Building through November. For the ultimate fashion keepsake look no further than the Museum Store for its collection of Roberto Capucci dresses. Meant to be admired rather than worn, these handmade, limited-edition pieces measure just 24 inches. “The mini Capucci dresses are scaled-down versions of Mr. Capucci’s favorite designs,” says Dilys Blum, the Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland senior curator of costume and textiles at the museum.
“The techniques used to construct each miniature are the very same used in the originals and were made in his workrooms in Rome by the same seamstresses who make sculptural gowns. Each is unique.”
Two years after the museum’s retrospective on the couturier’s work, the first ever held in the US, these tiny tokens are more than just luxe accents for display in one’s dressing room—they represent a chance to own a small piece of fashion history from a true artist. Says Blum: “Roberto Capucci is considered one of fashion’s most original and innovative designers. For him, craft, color, and cloth combine to fashion the sublime.” Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215-763-8100