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The Most Beautiful Thing in the World Today: A Fashionable Exhibition

Designer pieces from Italy touch down at the NSU Art Museum

Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945 – 1968, a gorgeous exhibition that explores the creativity that gave rise to Italian high fashion as we know it, will arrive at Fort Lauderdale’s NSU Art Museum this winter.

A project of MAXXI: National Museum of the XXI Century Arts in Rome and presented by Bulgari, the exhibition will feature more than 230 designer pieces from exquisite vintage gowns (think: a Valentino ensemble worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) to elegant cocktail dresses. Visitors can also expect to be wowed by exceptional Italian craftsmanship in luxury coats, shoes, hats and handbags, complemented by a collection of one-of-a-kind jewels by Bulgari from the post-World War II time period.

Installation image of “Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968” at the Villa Reale in Monza, Italy. Photo by Luca Palmer

The exhibition will kick off with a celebratory black-tie gala on February 5 and open to the public on February 7 through June 5, 2016.

Main image by Regina Relang, courtesy Archiv Relang, Sammlung Photographs, Munchner Stadmuseum. This image was part of a feature published in La Donna, June 1952.