Pucci's Palio Collection

Our new image of the month is an exquisite silhouette from Emilio Pucci's 1957 Palio Collection. This collection was inspired by the biannual horse race held in Siena and took form in prints infused with aspects of glamourous Italian life.

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The cotton dress above is one of the highlights of Palio Collection. The colours and patterns represent the coat of arms of each “Contrade” (district) of Siena: “Civetta”, “Lupa”, “Montone”, “Chiocciola”, “Giraffa”, “Torre”, “Bruco” and “Oca”. These coats of arms were to be found in the costumes and flags of each district, but Emilio Pucci reworked the prints  into scarves, shirts, trousers and dresses. Each print was an intricate combination of up to ten different colors. The prints were prominent in his 1950s designs and earned Pucci the Neiman Marcus award in 1957. You can find many objects related to Pucci's Palio collection in the portal. Click on the images below to see them in the portal.

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europeana fashion emilio pucci archive archivio palio dress siena Palio Collection Spring/Summer 1957. Archivio Emilio Pucci © Emilio Pucci.

europeana fashion emilio pucci archive archivio palio dress siena sketchPalio Collection Spring/Summer 1957. Archivio Emilio Pucci © Emilio Pucci.

europeana fashion emilio pucci archive archivio palio dress siena Palio Collection Spring/Summer 1957. Archivio Emilio Pucci © Emilio Pucci.