Palma Bucarelli (1910-1998) was a Roman art historian credited as the first woman to become an art museum director in Italy. After studying art history at the University of Rome Bucarelli joined the department of Antiquities and Fine Arts in the Ministry of Education. She maintained her position in the department as fascism overtook Italy and in the height of World War II was appointed director of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma where she would work for the rest of her career.
In addition to staging famous exhibitions including the work of Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock in the late 50s, Bucarelli was also noted for her striking fashion sense and left her collection of clothing to the Museo delle Arti Decorative Boncompagni Ludovisi (Museum Decorative Arts) in Rome upon her death.
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Models Hilary Rhoda and Julia Stegner were styled into a stunning 60s recreation editorial titled 1960 Kusagi for the October 2010 issue of Vogue Turkey. Photographed by Cuneyt Akeroglu the looks, which included pieces from Pucci, Valentino and Miu Miu among others, were styled by Ece Sukan. Continue reading to view additional photos of the editorial.
A small leather weekend bag in burgundy from Hermès, circa 1955-60. The bag has a soft framed construction with gilt metal zip and lock stamped Hermès, with keys and authentic dust bag from later period. Available now from Auctionatrium.com.
After gaining mainstream popularity through her roles at Princess Victoria in The Story of Vicky and Elisabeth, Empress Consort of Austria, in Sissi, Romy Schneider became one of the most fashionable actresses of the mid-20th century, often appearing in classic outfits by Chanel in the early 1960s. Continue reading to view additional images.
The 1964 film Il deserto rosso was director Michelangelo Antonioni’s first color film. It stars Monica Vitti as a depressed Italian housewife whose husband is the director of a large factory that is undergoing a strike. Typical of this style of film, Monica Vitti’s look and the clothes throughout are what entertain RDuJour most. Continue reading for additional photos.
Italian-born fashion photographer Franco Rubartelli rose to prominence with his 1965 editorial for Linea Italiana featuring Veruschka, with whom he first began working with in Italy in 1963. The pair eventually would life together in a penthouse in Rome and worked on many other features for Condé Nast magazines over the course of their relationship which lasted until the late 60s.