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Roberto Capucci


Roberto Capucci was born in Rome, Italy, on 2nd December 1930. His first job was working for designer Emilio Schuberth. When he was 20, a Florentine businessman put on a fashion show, where it was his intention to show five of Capucci's creations. However, the other couturiers felt upstaged by his gowns and refused to allow it. The press, however, insisted the next day, to see the gowns, which sold immediately. He was so talented that since then he has been included in the shows representing Italy's finest designers.

In 1956 he was awarded the Medal of Gold of Venice and in the same year, he received a message of admiration from French designer Christian Dior. Around 1980 Roberto retired from the day-to-day running of his house, although he did design many dresses in the 1980s. Since 1982 he has arranged for collections of his clothes to be shown in exhibitions all over the world. On the 50th Anniversary of his first success, an exhibition was held in Florence on February 2001. A book was published on that occasion called 'Roberto Capucci, Timeless Creativity'. In 2002, from February to May, an exhibition has been held in Tokyo, Japan, showing the most breathtaking of his dresses. In 1995, at the age of 65, Roberto Capucci accepted teaching posts in China, at the Universities of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai, of the invitation of the Chinese Minister of Foreign Trade. Gianbattista Valli was a designer at the house of Capucci from 1988 to 1990, when he joined Fendi.

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