An exhibition of period costumes designed for theater, opera and cinema by an Italian fashion house was opened Wednesday in Algiers and will continue until April 25.
Staged in the Italian Cultural Institute in Algiers, this exhibition includes a dozen outfits for men and women from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century and designed by "He Costume," a Rome fashion house, for performances of famous operas of Giuseppe Verdi or historical films by American and Italian filmmakers.
Witnesses of Italian fashion, princess dresses or maids outfits, carnival clothes and other clothes of noble men vie in finesse and elegance both in the materials used (satin, velvet, brocade, etc) or embroidery full of details.
Some of these outfits have also earned the designers, some important awards like the dress "Lady 1700" worn in the film "Marie Antoinette" (2006) by Sofia Coppola, which won "Best Costume" Oscar for the costume designer Milena Canonero.
Other costumes at the exhibition have also been worn in famous films like "Barry Lyndon" (1975) by Kubrick and the following year in "Il Casanova" of great Italian director Federico Fellini.
Lovers of Italy of the fifteenth century can also admire the lavish outfits for girls and boys from the sinister Borgia family who have been worn by the actors in the eponymous television series, created in 2011 and had received a huge success.
The costumes exhibited in the Italian Cultural Institute were shown the first time last February during a fashion show at the Italian Embassy in Algiers.