Past exhibitions


Temporary exhibition | Extended to October 25th 2020 | Prato Textile Museum

Pinocchio disegno
The exhibition presents over thirty costumes created for the film Pinocchio by Matteo Garrone, the latest extraordinary work by the costume designer, Massimo Cantini Parrini, on display for the very first time. The film features an utterly exceptional cast, with Roberto Benigni in the role of Geppetto, Gigi Proietti as Mangiafuoco, and Rocco Papaleo and Massimo Ceccherini as the Cat and the Fox.

Massimo Cantini Parrini is the only Italian costume designer to have won three consecutive David di Donatello awards (2016-2018) since his first nomination. He is also the recipient of other numerous prizes and awards, including the Nastro d'Argento, the Ciak d'oro, and major film festival awards. His most recent and important award is the EFA (European Film Award), the European Oscar for costume. With his costumes he contributed to more than 50 movies, most of them with international directors.

The exhibition is divided into two sections, the first of which is dedicated to the costume designer and features a video detailing his creative research and practice, a vast selection of fabric samples relating to each of the characters in the film, Pinocchio, and the preparatory sketches of the costumes.

The extremely valuable historical garments from Massimo’s extraordinary personal collection include a sophisticated selection of men's and women's nineteenth-century clothes that represent the first stylistic references for the development and final creation of all the costumes in the film. He has always been passionate about every form of art. His journey as a collector of period clothing from all over the world began with his awareness that a historic garment not only recounts the story of who wore it but also that of the society that surrounded it, in its every conceivable form of art.

The second section features the costumes created for the film, selected for their complexity and narrative efficacy, accompanied by images and accessories through a journey that evokes the amazing adventures of the mythical and universally-renowned wooden puppet.

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