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Who would Indiana Jones be without his broad-brimmed hat?  Or Charlie Chaplin without his iconic black bowler?  The exhibition, “Il cinema con il cappello,” tells you as it explores the emotional, humorous, nostalgic, poetic and unconventional connections between the art of cinema and the history of costume.

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Designed by the curator of the Borsalino Foundation, Elisa Fulco, and curated by film critic Gianni Canova, this exhibit has the experts on its side. Not only do they cover the history of the classic male felt hat, which bears the name of the founder Giuseppe Borsalino, they also explore the evolutions of the hat as a main character in real life as well as in film.

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In five thematic clusters,“Il cinema con il cappello,” shows us that the hat is more than an accessory, it is a symbol of social change, it is a class definer, a barrier breaker and a character maker.  Across oceans, in all cultures of the world, the history of costume and the development of cinema have changed simultaneously, and the hat is the perfect symbol of this.  Especially the Borsalino hat.

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Il cinema con il cappello. Borsalino e altre storie.

La Triennale di Milano

Viale Alemagna, 6 20121 / +39 02 724341

Closed Mondays.
Through March 20, 2011

Photos: Courtesy of Borsalino & La Triennale di Milano

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