• Alexandra Mas

Claudia Cardinale - L’étoffe d’une diva

The wardrobe of fabled movie star

Online sale 28 June – 9 July


During the haute couture fashion week we had the incredible chance to discover the exhibition at Sotheby’s presenting 130 haute couture and ready to wear pieces that highlighted “Italy’s Sweetheart’s” career.


Claudia Cardinale before the Giorgio Armani haute couture show , photo by Marco Tassini

The renown Italian actress is today ever so enchanting with her natural beauty and talent. At 81 years old she is still playing , her last movie “Nobili Bugie” by young Antonio Pisu. Her eternal elegance is illustrated to perfection throughout her wardrobe. From the 50th to the 80th we discover the brightest names of Italien fashion. Emilio Schuberth, Roberto Capucci, Irene Galitzine, Barocco and Balestra are today icons, masters of elegance. Consecrated with the role of Angelica, she impressed the big screen in the perfectly constructed couture pieces by costume designer Piero Tosi. For her the choice of an outfit was as important as the script.

Nina Ricci dresses


This sale will be the opportunity for collections to acquire not only iconic pieces warn by the movie star but haute couture major signatures. From day to day garments to big screen costumes and the incredible gowns worn at international film events. Among the leading items is a long gown in fuchsia organza embroidered with floral motifs by Livia, worn by Cardinale for her first appearance at Cannes Film Festival in 1961 (estimate: €3,000-€4,000). There is a sheath dress entirely covered in black sequins and trimmed with pink and blue flowers, by Nina Ricci (Haute Couture collection, autumn-winter 1963-1964), which the actress modelled at the 37th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 1965 as a presenter alongside Steve McQueen (estimate: €6,000-€8,000 )The Nina Ricci house regularly dressed her during the 60th. You will discover the sensual pyjama she was wearing for The Pink Panther by Blake Edwards (1963) or the Nina Ricci cocktail dress with black petals worked in the final scene of The Magnificent Cuckold directed by Antonio Pietrangeli (1964)


in order from right to left : Balestra, Capucci and Irene Galitzine



thank to Sotheby’s Paris Press and Communication France

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