PD Day in Toronto – Part Three – Italian Surprise

Roberta di Camerino tromp-l’oeil dresses, 1970s

On our way back from the ROM we cut through Yorkville Village (formerly known as Hazleton Lanes), to get to our car, and discovered an exhibition of 60 years of Italian Fashion in the main rotunda.

I had heard nothing about this show so it was a delightful surprise. The mall was about to close so we had only minutes to see as much as we could and take some pics.

Looking this up online today I see one of the partners in this display is the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto — an organization that often sponsors Italian theme exhibitions in Toronto (I recall a phenomenal Bugatti chair exhibition they did about twenty-five years ago.) According to the institution’s website the exhibition “60 Years of Made in Italy” was organized by Fiorella Galgano and Alessia Tota from various archives and private collections, and created courtesy of the Consulate General of Italy.

On display are garments from the 1950s to the present including a lot of celebrity worn pieces. The exhibition is FREE, and on display until the end of June.

The blue and white dress is by Schubert and was made for Gina Lollobrigida in 1950, the pink pantsuit is by Galitzine, and was worn by Claudia Cardinale in the Pink Panther in 1963!

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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