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Walter Albini. The talent, the designer.

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The new exhibition on the Italian designer at the Museo del Tessuto di Prato Foundation

On March 22, The Museo del Tessuto di Prato Foundation has unveiled its new exhibition: “Walter Albini. The talent, the designer” curated by Daniela Degl’Innocenti and Enrica Morini. The exhibition, open from 23 March to 22 September 2024, pays tribute to the Walter Albini, one of the most important characters of the history – and mythology – of Italian fashion.

The exhibition indeed inaugurates the Foundation’s cultural programme for 2024, confirming the role the Museo del Tessuto in Prato plays in enhancing Italian textile and fashion heritage.

The show offers a reinterpretation of Albini’s professional career between the late 1960s and early 1980s. The selection of objects on display showcases the extensive research carried out by the curators to outline a portrait of the designer, his inspirations and his influences.

The exhibition combines drawings, sketches, designs, photographs, fashion magazines and archival documents and, of course, clothes, accessories and fabrics, most of which never exhibited before.

The project’s starting point was the Walter Albini Collection of Museo del Tessuto, acquired thanks to a large donation by Albini’s collaborator Paolo Rinaldi received between 2014 and 2016.

The exhibition also includes important loans from public institutions such as the Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione (CSAC) of the University of Parma and Palazzo Morando | Costume Moda Immagine di Milano, and from private lenders: A.N.G.E.L.O. Archive, Benedetta Canu Archive, Carla Sozzani Collection – Sozzani Foundation, Doris Beretta Collection, Enrico Quinto and Paolo Tinarelli Collection, Francesco Campidori Collection, Ilaria De Santis Collection, Massimo Cantini Parrini Collection, Simona Morini Collection, TizianaVintageafropicks Collection, Vito De Serio Collection, Madame Pauline Vintage Archive.


Through more than 300 objects, the exhibition tells the story of over 20 years of work of a pioneer of Made in Italy’s total look, as well as exploring the endeavours Albini took in cinema, theatre and interior design.

The portrait the exhibition is exciting and diverse, and surely shines new light on one of the most important players in the establishment of the fashion system as we know it today.