Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Master & His Muse at F.I.T

Photo of Rosario and Rose Rizzo in the Lobby of FIT's Pomerantz lobby

Isabella Blow is to Alexander McQueen as Audrey Hepburn is to Hubert de Givenchy. From the classic style of Jackie O. to the seductive charm of Marilyn Monroe, just about every designer has a supreme source of inspiration. Until March 10th, the Lobby of FIT's Pomerantz Center pays tribute to Rosario Rizzo and his wife and muse, Rose, by showcasing select delicately hand-stitched high fashion gowns. 

The lobby of F.I.T's Pomerantz Center showcasing dresses made of Rosario Rizzo's intricate handcraftsmanship

Entitled A Master and His Muse, the display presents Rizzo's use of opulent materials--silk, lace, brocade--and intricate beading. Much of his handiwork has adorned red carpets, exclusive galas and political balls between the 1960's and 1980's. From humble beginnings in the Bronx, Rizzo learned sewing from his mother. Further study came by way of Needle Trades High School and jobs in fashion that paid for opera lessons. However, after meeting Rose Colaianni, Rosario Rizzo traded a career in singing for marriage and the calling of couture fashion. If you happen to be in the area, stop by and have a look at the stunning style of Rosario Rizzo, and the inspiration of his personal fairytale.

Georgeous gowns crafted by the gifted Rosario Rizzo

Looking In From 7th Ave.

Just for fun... take a look at how necklines have lowered and dresses have slimmed in red-carpet ready wear over a 30-year span. Is there an increase of styled sophistication with the added element of sultriness and skin? You decide!  Click HERE for a slideshow of Oscar style evolution.

2013 Oscars, Photo credit: EOnline


  1. Great concept for an exhibit - makes me wish I had a trip to the city coming up!


    1. Yea, It would've been interesting to see other high profile designers and their muses as well--Ahh, ideas for a future post!


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