Introduction to the Online Exhibition

From Paris to Providence: Fashion, Art, and the Tirocchi Dressmakers’ Shop, 1915-1947 tells the story of the Tirocchi sisters, their clients and workers, and the beautiful fabrics and dresses that brought them together. It is a story of immigrants adapting themselves to life in the United States, of women as workers and consumers, and of the fashions they created together, reflecting life and art in the first half of the twentieth century.

As with all the arts, fashion and textile design reflect the aesthetic of their time. The fashions and textiles chosen by the Tirocchi sisters, found in the still-intact shop in 1989, reflect advancing modernism in the art world of the early 20th century. Couturiers and textile designers participated actively in movements from cubism to the International Style, bringing a new and irresistible élan to fashion.

A & L Tirocchi Gowns flourished in Providence from 1915 to 1947, when fortunes were being made in the textile, jewelry, machine parts, rubber, and oil industries; when increasing freedom and the right to vote were won by American women and were reflected in new clothing styles; and when two aspiring dressmakers and their young Italian-American employees found fulfillment in bringing high fashion from Paris to Providence.



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