Famed Florentine fashion designer Roberto Capucci has recently moved his collection to the Villa Bardini on Costa San Giorgio. The current exhibition, an assortment of the rarest and the most spectacular creations of the artist, is guaranteed to delight the senses and stimulate thought. Capucci combines colours, materials, shapes, textures, and ideas in what he calls ‘sculpture dresses.’ He granted The Florentine the following interview, where he muses on his creations and, ultimately, his legacy in the fashion world.
Do you consider yourself an artist or a fashion designer?
People and critics have often seen me more as an artist than as a fashion designer. I think this is due to the fact that I tend to create my dresses from a different perspective—more an expression of what I feel rather than what the trend of the moment requires. I come from an artistic background and have always seen dresses as a way to express myself rather than create fashion. This has always put me ‘outside the box’, and that’s how I would like to be remembered.
Many of the dresses seem ‘unwearable’; do you think they tend to be viewed as sculptures rather than as dresses?