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Italian Fashion Exhibition 

Italian Style: Fashion since 1945

Presented by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts 

Exhibition Dates: October 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015 

The Italian Cultural Center is proud to partner with MIA for this wonderful event. This exhibition will examine Italy’s rich contribution to fashion showcasing the clothes that turned “Made in Italy” into the mark of style. 

From Armani to Valentino, Prada to Pucci, Italy’s iconic fashion houses have defined modern style, encompassing an innovative ready-to-wear industry, luxurious couture design, artisanal leather goods, and the country’s celebrated tradition of fine tailoring. “Italian Style” explores the social and industrial factors that enabled this success, from Italy’s post-war recovery to its preoccupation with high design to the interplay of craft specialists and manufacturing that became a hallmark of Italian production. 

The exhibition includes about 100 ensembles from the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as well as other lenders, and is supplemented by films and fashion photography. Also featured are fashion accessories such as shoes, handbags, and jewelry, as well as examples of Italy’s tailoring and menswear designs. 

See the MIA website for exhibition information and related events

The followings are the events that the ICC is proud to bring to all our members and friends in conjunction with the Fashion event.

Special Events

Chocolate in Italy: A New Renaissance 

Anna Bonavita 

Sunday, November 2nd
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Villa Rosa Room 

Anna Bonavita, chocolate connoisseur and co-founder of the ICC will take you on a fascinating tour of Italy’s finest artisan chocolate. From its state-secret beginnings as a “jasmine chocolate drink” created by Cosimo III de’ Medici to elegant and environmentally forward creations by artisans at Amedei and Domori, you’ll explore chocolate as never before. Complete the tour with a scorecard from Compagnia di cioccolato (Italy’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of fine artisan chocolate) and experience an artful selection of chocolates like a true expert.

Archeologia Arborea 
Isabella Dalla Ragione

Sunday, November 2nd
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Villa Rosa Room 

Italian agronomist and researcher, has found inspiration in the many varieties of fruits and vegetables on the frescoes of palazzos in Umbria. She has identified and preserved countless forgotten species in her orchard, Archeologia Arborea. Following a talk showing fresco paintings and recovered varieties, taste rare heirloom apple varieties and rate them, following criteria from Seed Savers Exchange, an American nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. For tickets, call (612) 870-6323, or register online at

ICC Mini Italian Lessons 
Thursday, November 20 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Location: Reception Hall – Target wing 
Free; refreshments for sale 
Impara l’Italiano con noi! Learn fun Italian phrases and words. Our Italian–native instructors will offer mini Italian lessons to all interested attendees. This is a free event in conjunction with MIA Third Thursday, offering free admission to “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945” exhibition.

Cinema Italiano 
Location: Pillsbury Auditorium 
Cost: $5; Free for MIA Members 
This Italian film series offers a glimpse into award-winning, post-war Italian films and the high fashion industry they launched.

Men of the Cloth by Vicki Vasilopoulos (2013)

View trailer 

Friday, October 24, 3 PM
In English and Italian with English subtitles

This movie is presented FREE of charge.

Bellissima by Luchino Visconti (1951)

Sunday, November 16, 2 PM
In Italian with English subtitles

The Barefoot Contessa by Joseph Mankiewicz (1954)

Sunday, November 23, 2 PM

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) documentary

Friday, November 28, 2 PM

Le Amiche by Michelangelo Antonioni (1955)

Sunday, November 30, 2 PM
In Italian with English subtitles

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 295-4111 

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