Cinema Italiano ǀ Valentino: The Last Emperor

The bygone glamour of one of Italy’s most famous men, fashion designer Valentino Garavani, is explored for the first time in this documentary. Filmed in Paris, Rome, and Venice, the movie follows Garavani through fashion shows, business deals, and private life during the two years that he and partner Giancarlo Giammetti prepared for the 2006 Spring/Summer Collection in Paris and a July 2007 retrospective of Valentino’s 45-year career, which included dressing Jacqueline Kennedy. A Black Friday Special film screening.

In this Italian film series, Visconti’s Bellissima (Nov. 16)  gives us a glimpse into the beginning of the post-war Italian film industry. Barefoot Contessa (Nov. 23) and La Amiche (Nov. 30) showcase costumes designed by the Fontana sisters—Zoe, Micol, and Giovanna—who opened their Rome atelier in 1943 and whose signature designs gave Rome the nickname “Hollywood on the Tiber.” Valentino: The Last Emperor (Nov. 28) is a behind-the-scenes view of Italian fashion today. Each film will be introduced by Nicole LaBouff, assistant curator of textiles in the MIA’s Department of Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture.

For tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve online.

Presented in partnership with The Italian Cultural Center.