A Tribute to Renato Balestra
If "beauty will save the world," as Dostoyevsky said, surely beauty is the only thing that is truly eternal and will never go out of fashion. Rome – the eternal city, with its ruins and palaces, with its 2000 years of history – is proof of this. The passing of time seems to shimmer by as dilated light, borderless. Here we do not think in decades, but in millennia. So even its artistic and craft heritage has no time – the processing times in the last remaining ateliers do not obey the laws of the market. One of the keepers of this ancient knowledge, as well as one of the last ateliers in the heart of Rome, is that of Renato Balestra. A master of Roman couture, he never abandoned his city and remained faithful to his personality and style, which returns at this moment of revival more current than ever. Altaroma has celebrated his career of more than 60 years with a spectacular show in Cinecittà in which over 70 looks from his large archive of pieces, from the 70s to the latest collection, have been presented. From the first dress, created with the characteristic blue that became a distinctive feature of his style, up to garments fashioned for divas, princesses, and queens paraded in the incredible set of Ancient Rome in the historical studios of Cinecittà, a few steps from Studio 5 where Federico Fellini was shooting his films. The link between fashion and cinema in Rome is essential – it is part of the DNA created by Italian fashion itself, born in Rome with the first ateliers and tailor shops that produced clothes for fashion and cinema in the post-war period. The sculptural volumes, the sparkles of the crystals, the embroideries with the flames, the gold and silver pleated silks: all are symbols of an eternal Rome and of timeless beauty, in a game of real and fake that only cinema can give.