Famous Venetian weaver Rubelli celebrates the opening Tiepolo Ball and a fashion photography exhibit at the Biennale in Venice

Thinking of Venetian heritage Rubelli comes first to my mind. The Italian weaver has been operating its business for 130 years. And of course, being a venetian manufacture Rubelli is also known for its collaboration with the arts. This year Rubelli has produced the spectacular 6 x 8 metre silk lampas on display at Palazzo Mocenigo as part of the exhibition titled “Brigitte Niedermair – Me and Fashion 1996-2018”, where one of the most iconic photos by the South Tyrolean artist has been “transformed” into a contemporary tapestry.

The Palazzo Mocenigo, Study Centre of the History of Textiles, Costumes and Perfume – features the female artist with whom Rubelli has already worked in the past. This exhibition, which carries the artist’s name, “Brigitte Niedermair, Me and Fashion 1996-2018”, is curated by Charlotte Cotton, together with Technical Director Gabriella Belli, and will run from 9 May to 24 November.

But that is not all. Rubelli with its precious handwoven velvet “Modern Art”, was among the protagonists of the Tiepolo Ball: in conjunction with the opening of Biennale, the event was celebrated at Palazzo Labia by Dior together with the foundation Venetian Heritage. The proceeds will be donated to the promotion and restoration of the Venice cultural heritage.
For the better, a fashion event with a good, sensible course.

On this occasion Dior created gala dresses for a selected number of celebrities and friends.
The beauty and the allure of this singular fabric, handwoven on a jacquard loom, this velvet has a typical Art Deco pattern: irregular horizontal shapes evolve on a background enriched by little golden diamond shape and are highlighted by the voile skirt in powder pink.

It was a nice coincidence that this precious velvet, designed by the archi-designer Alfredo Carnelutti in the thirties, was presented by Rubelli for the first time in 1934 at the Biennale!

All pictures courtesy Rubelli ©

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