Dante Ferretti
Dante Ferretti in his workshop
OccupationProduction designer
Years active1964–present
SpouseFrancesca Lo Schiavo

Dante Ferretti (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdante ferˈretti]) is an Italian production designer, art director, and costume designer.


Throughout his career, Ferretti has worked with many acclaimed directors, both American and Italian, including; Pier Paolo Pasolini, Elio Petri, Federico Fellini, Liliana Cavani, Terry Gilliam, Franco Zeffirelli, Martin Scorsese, Anthony Minghella, and Tim Burton.[citation needed]

He frequently collaborates with his wife, set decorator Francesca Lo Schiavo.[citation needed]

Ferretti was a protégé of Federico Fellini, and worked under him for five films.[1] He also had a five-film collaboration with Pier Paolo Pasolini and later developed a very close professional relationship with Martin Scorsese, designing nine of his last eleven movies.[citation needed]

In 2008, he designed the set for Howard Shore's opera The Fly, directed by David Cronenberg, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.[citation needed]

Ferretti has won three Academy Awards for Best Art Direction; for The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Hugo. He had seven previous nominations. In addition, he was nominated for Best Costume Design for Kundun. He has also won three BAFTA Awards.[citation needed]

In 2012, he designed the decor for Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, a restaurant on Manhattan's Upper East Side.[2][3]

For the 2015 Expo held in Milan, Italy Ferretti was commissioned to do a series of statues articulating the concept "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".[4]

Other activities and roles

Ferretti is a member of the Italy-USA Foundation.[citation needed]

As of 2023, he is a vice-president on the board of the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival, an international film festival held on the Italian island of Ischia.[5]



  1. ^ Fergus M. Bordewich, Manhattan Mayhem, Smithsonian Magazine, December 2002, Accessed July 15, 2010.
  2. ^ "Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto Il Ristorante | 903 Madison Ave | Restaurants". Time Out New York. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  3. ^ Adam Platt. "Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto – Upper East Side". New York Magazine Restaurant Guide. Nymag.com. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Ortolino arrives in Buenos Aires: The Ferretti Statue as Symbol of the Expo Milano 2015 Theme | Expo Milano 2015". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  5. ^ "About Us". Ischia Global Fest. Retrieved 28 October 2023.