Nino Cerruti’s Stylish Life, Told Through His Clothing

Jun 25, 2015 990

by Guy Trebay

"I hate the word elegant," Nino Cerruti, arguably among the more elegant men of the 20th century and, at 84, perhaps also the 21st, said Tuesday morning. "It's artificial." Mr. Cerruti, a stylist and businessman whose name has long been synonymous with Italian fashion at its highest end, snuffed out a cigarette and turned to walk into the Museo Marino Marini.

There, on scaffolding arranged around the Marini sculptures, hung clothing from every phase of Mr. Cerruti's adult life. To coincide with the opening of Pitti Uomo, the semiannual men's wear trade show held here, the Fondazione Pitti Discovery had organized "Il Signor Nino," a retrospective of Mr. Cerruti's life as seen through his remarkable wardrobe.

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