Fausto (1927). Italian designer. He is considered the founder of the Roman school of haute couture. His creative and wearable style was typified by the care taken in the cut, the mastery of the fabrics and the attention paid to embroidery and inlay.



He began his career as a draughtsman, winning a number of competitions as a fashion designer. In 1957, a jury comprising Schuberth, Capucci, Marucelli, Veneziani, and Simonetta gave him a prize for his young talent, which allowed him to show at the Pitti Palace.

In 1961, he began working in television, designing costumes for Mina in the programme Giardini d’Inverno. But in 1970s he set out to conquer the Japanese market. He then launched a ready-to-wear line that gave rise to designs with careful studied details, cuts and lines, which were nevertheless wearable, casual, and accessible in terms of price.


Fausto Sarli e Mina
Fausto Sarli e Mina

In 1989, he opened his Roman workshop in Via Gregoriana. For Sarli, the 1990s was a period of diversification with the launch of his perfume Sarli, and a menswear line of ties, waistcoats and accessories. Even if they were not signed by him, the costumes worn by Lucia Bosè in the Michelangelo Antonioni film Cronaca di un amore [Chronicle of a Love Affair] were designed by Sarli when he was only 23.

The Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice entrusted him with the restoration of Eleonora Duse’s dresses.

Eleonora Duse


Between the years 1999-2000. The mayor of Rome, Franco Rutelli, awarded him a plaque commemorating 40 years of work. He is also awarded the Città di Milano prize for his 40 years in the world of haute couture.In May of the year 2000. He remembered his 40 years of work with an exhibition in the Museo Barracco alongside the haute couture fashion shows in Rome.

Abito da sposa

In 2002. The exhibition Fausto Sarli: 50 anni di stile italiano [50 Years of Italian Style] was held at the Castel dell’Ovo in Naples, which went on to the Museo del Vittoriano. His half century of creativity was celebrated in Rome with a fashion show in the Piazza del Campidoglio.
In 2003. In the Fall/Winter collection between 2003/2004, Sarli combined real clothes with real style, without slipping into vulgarity or ostentation but presenting short transparent skirts (alternated with very wide flapping skirts and dresses covered in embroidery and little flowers). The show closed with a powder gray wedding dress that took 350 hours to make.
By the way, on June The Museo della Moda opened in Naples in the Mondragone Palace (in the Spanish district) and Sarli gave 50 important dresses to its permanent collection.

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