The Italian Touch: Figurazioni Tessili

We’ve partnered with Vogue Italia to explore the Italian Touch – the unique Italian attitude towards life, craft and food that makes our country and the people who live in it so special. Today we explore Figurazioni Tessili, the fantastic exhibition highlighting the influential work of costume designer Frida Parmeggiani.

The city of Merano in Italy celebrates the 70th birthday of Frida Parmeggiani, one of the world’s most important and best-known costume designers, with the exhibition Figurazioni Tessili, on show until January 8, 2017 at Merano Arte and at the Palais Mamming Museum.

Originally from Merano, Frida Parmeggiani has collaborated with directors Samuel Beckett and André Heller, as well as with renowned artists including Lou Reed, David Byrne and Tom Waits. The turning point of her career, however, came in 1987, when she began collaborating with the highly-acclaimed director Robert Wilson. This partnership resulted not only in a series of memorable performances but also in the development of new techniques and ideas towards the use of costumes and lighting on stage.

The exhibition is divided into four sections. The first, set up at the Merano Arte Pavillion, comprises 13 autobiographical sculptures, most notable for their unusual use of textiles. Through these sculptures Parmeggiani, for the first time free from the obligation to interact with actors and screenplays, analyses with total creative freedom the fascinating relationship between nature, space, volumes and textiles.

The Palais Mamming Museum in Merano hosts ‘Approcci a Frida’, an exhibition composed of five documentaries shot by the students of the Mozarteum University in Saltsburg with the supervision of professor Alexander du Prel. Each of these documentaries aims to illustrate the stories behind Frida’s creations and her collaboration with Robert Wilson. In addition to this, visitors can also view the installations of How to Become Frida. Also created by 6 students from the Mozarteum University, the installations take a closer look at the artistic skills of the costume designer.

Finally, the section Working with Frida features photographs documenting the costume designer’s creative process, shot by Elisabeth Hölzl during two years at the request of Merano Arte.

This article originally appeared on Vogue Italia.