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In their elegant Providence shop, Italian emigre sisters Anna and Laura Tirocchi sold couture clothing to an elite clientele. The shop remained virtually untouched from 1947 until 1990, when RISD Museum curators were given their choice of its contents, which included apparel by Paul Poiret, Lucien Lelong, and dresses in the style of Madeleine Vionnet. All reflect the advent of modernism in the Paris art world of 1920s and 30s, when designers, painters and printmakers were collaborating as never before to create fashion.
This volume complements the exhibition From Paris to Providence: Fashion, Art, and the Tirocchi Dressmakers’ Shop, 1915–1947, on view at the RISD Museum from January 12 through April 8, 2001. view details
Susan Anderson Hay (ed.), with contributions by Susan Porter Benson, John W. Briggs, Pamela A. Parmal, and Madelyn Shaw, with a foreword by Phillip M. Johnston
Published by the RISD Museum, 2000
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