January 2, 2005
Pucci, Emilio (Marchese Emilio Pucci di Barsento), 1914-92, Italian fashion designer. After establishing showrooms in Florence, Capri, and Rome, he began his signature look with elegant sportswear, especially ski outfits. He created his own multicolored printed fabrics with geometric and organic patterns for use mainly on thin silk blouses and women’s shirts. He used brilliant colors in silks, bulky knit sweaters, underclothes, scarves, and towels. His designs included accessories, perfumes, and objects.
By the 1960s, Italian designer Emilio Pucci’s psychedelic prints were on everything from bikinis to evening dresses worn by an international clientele. In an exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, 30 ensembles and accessories from Pucci’s designs from the 1950s through the ’70s are on display, offering a trove of vintage looks to ooh and aah over. The exhibition explores the career of the designer and his place in history. One highlight: a series of ensembles worn by Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright that includes a cape inspired by African masks.