Capucci referred to his fashions as a study in form.
Known as the best Italian designer and for his "vigor, imagination, and uninhibited originality", Roberto Capucci is credited as one of the founding fathers of modern Italian fashion. He was born in the 1930s, established his reputation in the '50s, and today, six decades later, is still regarded as one of the most influential innovators in the industry. Capucci's generous use of color, extravagant use of materials such as stones and plastic, and references to art and architecture (e.g., origami technique, the fluted doric column) set him apart from his contempories and earned the praise of the likes of Christian Dior. Capucci's imaginative works will soon be exhibited at Philadelphia's famed Museum of Art. The collection comprises over 80 Capucci creations including drawings, sketches, couture designs, and sculptures. It is the first such exhibit of the designer's work in the United States. Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion, will be shown from March 16th - June 5th in the Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.