Angels and Demons. Fashion beyond good and evil” an important exhibition that illustrates how fashion is provocation, evolutionism, hybridization between theatricality and mysticism, between past and present, between old and new and beyond. The exhibition-event, promoted by Regione Lazio and carried out by LAZIOcrea in collaboration with the Municipality of Santa Marinella, MiBAC and Coopculture, is hosted from Thursday 6 June 2019 to Sunday 28 July 2019 at the prestigious halls of the Castle of Santa Severa a few steps away from Rome.
The combination of the theme of the exhibition and the castle, now a museum, is revealed with the strength of evidence, creating the ideal scenography. The castle as a temple of creativity devoid of any commercial constraint, especially that of young designers who have given original forms to their Angels and their Demons. The exhibition, curated by Stefano Dominella, tells how fashion is democratic, offers different stylistic solutions and presents itself with various types designed for eccentric characters with artistic and cultural attitudes. Present at the press conference, Stefano Dominella, curator and creator of the exhibition, Pietro Tidei, Mayor of Santa Marinella, Luigi Pomponio, President of LAZIOcrea and Flavio Enei, director of the Civic Museum.
“Angels and Demons. Fashion beyond good and evil” is a gallery where the creations mark the theme treated, making it visible in the particularities between mainstream and underground. They mix reality and representation. Contaminations between visual tradition and religion. Underground look, inspired by the eighties, today more than ever current and very Camp, or an injection of destabilizing spectacle and renewed interest from the catwalk to the street. Strange and unusual environments and mutant identities between good, evil, between Christian culture, and ironic postmodern quotations.
A contemporary, transgressive and unusual savoir-faire, in an era of upsets like ours, here is that everyday life becomes an exercise in survival. Angels and Demons as pure abstraction, they live time-timeless, bearers of a rarefied and always original aesthetic. There are, with iconic creations, illustrious names of the show and international opera through garments created by well-known costume designers such as Piero Tosi for Federico Fellini, Alberto Verso for Charlotte Rampling and Sylvano Bussotti for the opera “The Crowning of Poppea”. Creations made famous because they were worn by actors and actresses in important films like “Spirits of the Dead” (1967), “Rebus” (1989). Here are iconic style clothes, made for imaginative figures linked to the show and who are still trendy.
We remember Renato Zero, Raffaella Carrà, Monica Vitti, Beyoncé, Elton John, Shirley Bassey. On display, some uniformed clothes of Nazi style of sad memory. Demons of absolute evil. A warning for the new generations that have not known dictatorship, gratuitous violence, bullying and hooliganism, all that leads to annihilation and death.
On display, including renowned stylists and young designers, we mention: Irene Galitzine, Moschino (Fidanza private archive), Jean Paul Gaultier (Fidanza private archive), Gattinoni, Gianni de Benedittis, Guillermo Mariotto, Filippo Sorcinelli, Alessandro Consiglio, Italo Marseglia, Ivan Donev, Santo Costanzo, Silvia Giovanardi, Tommaso Fux, Filippo Laterza, Andrea Lambiase, Christian Luongo, Natalia Rinaldi, Francesca Nori, Gianluca Saitto, Guido Di Sante, Simona Milone, Eleonora Volpe. In addition, there are also creations suspended between art and fashion such as those of the costume designer Anna Rotella in collaboration with the artists Marco Caracuzzo and Fabio Truffa. A tribute to the great theater and cinema with amazing costumes from the historical archives of Annamode Costumes, excellence of Made in Italy, of Sartoria Farani and from Nori tailoring for the uniforms on display. The scenography of the exhibition will be enriched by the sculptures created by the artist Federico Paris.