Ancient Clothes to Love

Last time we had the opportunity to visit a spectacular fashion and costume exhibition in Milan, RICAMI DI LUCE. Paillettes e lustrini nella moda di Palazzo Morando 1770-2004” held in the famous Palazzo Morando, Museo Costume Moda Immagine, Milan, Italy.

The exhibition mainly displays Ancient Dresses and Fashion history of Sequins and Glitter from older centuries to the (almost) current ones.

It was beautifully telling stories on the use of sequins to outfit, between the 18th and 21st centuries, although some of the materials used was almost 15th century old. This time we have summarized important facts shown by the exhibition:

  1. Sequins are combined with other materials (beads, cutting, coins), to achieve changing effects (luminous), underlining richness of the fabrics used. (Outfit: French Style/ Habit à la française – 1770-1780, Northern Italy)
  2. The sequins support the chaotic image of the 20th century woman, following her social and cultural evolution, which reflects in her clothing (Outfit: Women’s Dress – 1950-1955, Milano) 
  3. Sequins capture light and flashing, transforming woman into something refined and ethereal (Outfit: Robe à l’anglaise – 1775-1780, Italy and Women’s Dress – 1905-1908, Italy) 
  4. No longer emphasize the wealth, but refers to an image of elegance and sophistication (after 1920s) (Outfit: Women’s Dress – 1955-1960, Giunta, Milan and Women’s Suit – 1967-1968, Italy) 
  5. Applications match the year, example: linear dress in 1920s; heterogeneous, simple-dressed, abandon glamour in 1940s due to war; exploits decorative, supported by continuous discoveries relating to materials used, that the fabric is completely covered by sequins in 1970s and 1980s (Outfit: Women’s Dress – 1944-1946, Italy)

    1940s Women's Dress

    Women’s Dress – 1944-1946, Italy