Sorelle Fontana: Dressing the Stars

Fondazione Micol Fontana

For Italian cinema in the early heady days the atelier of the Sorelle Fontana was a repository of the imaginary. 

Sorelle Fontana: Dressing the Stars 
The story of the Sorelle Fontana retraces the roots of Haute Couture Italian Fashion. The atelier, where today the Foundation is, was located a few steps away from Piazza di Spagna. Sorelle Fontana's pieces were worn by actresses and celebrities such as Ava Gardner, Liz Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Grace di Monaco, Soraya, Maria Gabriella di Savoia, Jacqueline Kennedy. Today the Foundation preserves in its archive part of this important collection of creations, made between the '40s and the '90s. Here is an overview of the iconic gowns that have become iconic for generations.

Sorelle Fontana: Dressing the stars

For Italian cinema in the early heady days the atelier of the Sorelle Fontana was a repository of the imaginary. From time to time the rooms of the fashion house became not only a place for trying on clothes but also for revealing confidences, a perfect setting for true stars such as Ava Gardner, Liz Taylor, Mirna Loy and Audrey Hupburn.

The stars

1948

Actress Linda Christian wearing a dress Sorelle Fontana.

1949

Venice Lido, Loretta Young wearing Sorelle Fontana.

1949

The elegant Mirna Loy , who played a memorable role in “If This Be Sin”, directed by Gregory Ratoff, demands that her screen clothes be made by the Sorelle Fontana.
in video, hers and other memorable dresses of the period

1950

Rita Hayworth at home in Rome. She chose two evening gowns from the Sorelle Fontana.

1950

“Quo Vaids” was being filmed in Rome. In the leading role was Robert Taylor who chose a new wardrobe for his wife Barbara Stanwyck at Sorelle Fontana’s.

1952

Actress Audrey Hepburn wearing a dress Sorelle Fontana.

Lucia Bosè and Zoe Fontana in the Luciano Emmer’s film “Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna”. The film was shot in the Sorelle Fontana’s atelier near Piazza di Spagna in Rome.

The dress is exhibited in the roman halls of the Fondazione Micol Fontana.

The dress is exhibited in the roman halls of the Fondazione Micol Fontana.

Anna Maria Pierangeli, just back from America, trying on a dress under the caring eye of Zoe

All the dresses for Ava Gardner in the movie “The Barefoot Contessa” were by "Sorelle Fontana"

The dress is exhibited in the roman halls of the Fondazione Micol Fontana.

Merle Oberon chooses some Sorelle Fontana clothes during the fashion show in Venice.

Anita Ekberg, testimonial of first perfume “Glory by Fontana” with Zoe Fontana.

Sorelle Fontana Atelier

Jayne Mansfield, sex-symbol of the sixties, in Roma to pick up the Silver Mask award, choosing an evening dress.

Raquel Welch, female costar in Eduardo De Filippo’s movie“Spara forte più forte”, wears Sorelle Fontana.

Ursula Andress wears Sorelle Fontana for the film “The Tenth Victim” directed by Elio Petri.

Marisa Mell with Zoe Fontana in the lounge tries an evening dress from the Fall Winter Collection . Photo Patrick Morin.

1995-1996

Aurore Clement e Philippe Noiret in the movie “Facciamo paradiso” by Mario Monicelli with the dress "nodi d'amore" by Sorelle Fontana.
In video, the dress as is today in Fondazione Micol Fontana

"Nodi d'amore" by Sorelle Fontana as is today in Fondazione Micol Fontana

"Nodi d'amore" by Sorelle Fontana as is today in Fondazione Micol Fontana

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Selezioni, testi e montaggio a cura di

Massimo Bevilacqua
Luisida Caligaris Papa
Maria Cristina Giusti
Mario Lami
Roberta Lami
Luisella Rastelli
Monica Rech
Amelie Soffietti

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