Cinema, Bellucci-Ekberg and the Gattinoni dress from Fellini’s Dolce Vita

Blonde wig, a sculpted body, the bewitching gaze, diva among the divas, almost unrecognizable. This is how Monica Bellucci presented herself in the historic atelier of the Gattinoni maison in the capital, before the wave of covid that hit the country. The actress will play the role of Anita Ekberg in Antongiulio Panizzi’s latest film ‘The girl in the fountain’ (preview November 30th at XXXIX Turin Film Festival and December 1st and 2nd in cinemas). Some scenes of the film were shot in the halls of via Toscana, a few steps from via Veneto. The Swedish actress was, in fact, a customer loved by Fernanda Gattinoni, with whom she shared Sabaudia’s love for the sea, who had already dressed her in ‘War and Peace’ alongside Audrey Hepburn.

For the occasion, the maison dusted off from the archives one of the dresses – an icon of our cinema, that bustier dress worn by Anita Ekberg in the famous sequence shot in the Trevi fountain, alongside Marcello Mastroianni ‘, in Fellini’s Dolce Vita. And Stefano Dominella, president of Gattinoni, reminds Adnkronos: “a dress entirely conceived in velvet, in a mermaid style. More than one copy was made, also in velvet. Anita Ekberg, particularly prosperous. The costume – she still remembers – was made by a theatrical tailor’s shop and only later entrusted to our maison for the final touches “.

What are the similarities, the correspondences between Monica Bellucci and Anita Ekberg? “Monica Bellucci is a woman of extraordinary sensitivity, at the end of the set she thanked the première with the gift of very, very welcome chocolates – replies Dominella – A unique, rare and appreciated gesture. In common with the Swedish actress, in my opinion , there is a certain physicality, a soft, Mediterranean body. And then seeing Monica Bellucci with a platinum blonde wig – continues the president of the Gattinoni fashion house – gives you a completely different, almost alienating, unexpected image of her “.