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Dramatic looks at 'Il Teatro alla Moda'

Dramatic looks at 'Il Teatro alla Moda'

The extraordinary workmanship on display in "Il Teatro alla Moda — Theater in Fashion" in Beverly Hills makes it easy to understand why Italy's haute couture fashion scene was once as revered as that of France.

The exhibition, which runs through Nov. 13, features more than 50 original costumes made for theater, opera and ballet since 1980. Eleven Italian designers are represented, including Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti and Valentino. These special pieces exemplify the kind of craftsmanship that continues to make the "Made in Italy" stamp so prestigious, even if that stamp is more often found on leather goods today.

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