Fashion exhibition

Exhibition – Gianfranco Ferré at the Textile Museum in Prato

From February 1st to June 15th, the Textile Museum of Prato hosts “La camicia bianca secondo me Gianfranco Ferré” an extraordinary monographic exhibition with 27 iconic white shirts made by the fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré from 1982 until 2006, selected by the curator Daniela Degl’Innocenti and the director of the Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré, Rita Airaghi.
 
 
Allestimento Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré
Allestimento mostra – La camicia bianca secondo me Gianfranco Ferré

Allestimento mostra – La camicia bianca secondo me Gianfranco Ferré

 

Allestimento Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré
Allestimento mostra – La camicia bianca secondo me Gianfranco Ferré

 

Allestimento Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré
Allestimento mostra – La camicia bianca secondo me Gianfranco Ferré
 
With only 27 pieces coming from the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation, the visitor is catapulted in the city of Milan between the 80s and 90s, when the Armani-Ferré-Trussardi-Versace quartet launched on the catwalks the vanguards of the Italian style, which still today are a source of inspiration for designers all over the world.
Each white shirt (but please do not call them just shirts!) Is the materialization of the creative process that the architect and fashion designer Ferré conceived as an architectural project, passing from the initial sketches, to the composition of the volumes, then to the study of details and the styling for the catwalk presentation.
Pleats, ruffles, belts, corsets, leather bracelets, lace, precious buttons and decorative applications are part of the poetic of Ferré, who over the time enriched the first minimalist silk structures making more and more complicated white shirts, almost like the evolution of architectural styles ranging from the simple and balanced harmony of the Renaissance, to the excesses of Baroque and Rococo, until the return of the balance with Neoclassicism. This development of shapes and styles identifies Gianfranco Ferré as a “designer of architectural items to wear“, whose constructive nature is revealed through sketches, editorials and the striking photographs by Leonardo Salvini that simulate the x-ray technique highlighting the structure of each garment.
 
 
1) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Spring Summer 1982
 Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 1982 
 
1) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Spring Summer 1982
 Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 1982 – sketch

 

x-ray photo – Leonardo Salvini for La camicia bianca secondo me Gianfranco Ferré 
 
2) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1982
 Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1982

 

2) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1982
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1982

 

3) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1982
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1982
 
 
3) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1982
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1982 – sketch

 

4) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Spring Summer 1987 - fronte
 Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 1987

 

5) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1986
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1986
 
5) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1986
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1986 – sketch

 

x-ray photo – Leonardo Salvini

 

6) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1989
 Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1989
 
6) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1989
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1989

 

6) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 19896) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1989 
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1989 – sketches
 
 
7) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1990
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1990

 

8) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1991
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1991

 

9) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Spring Summer 1993 - fronte
Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 1993 – fronte

 

9) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Spring Summer 1993 - retro
Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 1993 – retro

 

10) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1993
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1993
 
10) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1993
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1993

 

10) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1993
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1993 sketch
11) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1994
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1994 
 

 

11) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1994
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1994 

 

12) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Spring Summer 1995
Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 1995
 
 
12) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Spring Summer 1995
Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 1995

 

x-ray photo – Leonardo Salvini

 

13) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 1995
 Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 1995

 

14) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Spring Summer 2000
Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 2000

 

15) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2000
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2000 
 
15) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2000
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2000 

 

16) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2000
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2000

 

17) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2001
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2001
 
17) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2001
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2001- detail

 

18) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2001
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2001 

 

19) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2005
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2005
19) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2005
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2005
19) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2005
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2005 – sketch

 

20) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Spring Summer 2002
Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 2002
 
Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 2002 – sketch

 

21) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Precollection Spring Summer 2002
Gianfranco Ferré – Precollection Spring Summer 2002
22) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2003
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2003
 
 

 

22) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2003
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2003

 

23) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2003
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2003
 
23) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2003
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2003
 
23) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Autumn Winter 2003
Gianfranco Ferré – Autumn Winter 2003
 
24) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Spring Summer 2002
Gianfranco Ferré – Spring Summer 2002

 

 
25) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré
Gianfranco Ferré
 
25) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré -
Gianfranco Ferré – detail

 

26) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Primavera Estate 2004
Gianfranco Ferré – Primavera Estate 2004
 
26) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Primavera Estate 2004 - disegno
Gianfranco Ferré – Primavera Estate 2004 – sketch

 

x-ray photo – Leonardo Salvini

 

27) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Primavera Estate 2006
Gianfranco Ferré – Primavera Estate 2006

 

27) Mostra Prato Gianfranco Ferré - Primavera Estate 2006
Gianfranco Ferré – Primavera Estate 2006
 
The exhibition catalog published by Skira is curated by Rita Airaghi under the artistic direction of Luca Stoppini (historical art director of Vogue Italy) who, as he said during the press conference, wanted to photograph and transform Ferré’s shirts in his own dream, according to his own vision and contemporary sensibility even if “It was an easy game to play because the work of Gianfranco is still fashionable and a great inspiration.”
 
 
Luca Stoppini for
Luca Stoppini for “La camicia bianca secondo me Gianfranco Ferré” catalogue published by Skira

 

Luca Stoppini for
Luca Stoppini for “La camicia bianca secondo me Gianfranco Ferré” catalogue published by Skira

 

Luca Stoppini for
Luca Stoppini for “La camicia bianca secondo me Gianfranco Ferré” catalogue published by Skira

 

Luca Stoppini for
Luca Stoppini for “La camicia bianca secondo me Gianfranco Ferré” catalogue published by Skira
 
The Textile Museum of Prato with this exhibition confirm his important role among the best Italian realities dedicated to the fashion culture, mainly due to the sensitivity of the curators towards a protagonist who contributed to the primacy of Italy in the fashion world; unlike the city of Milan, venue of the most representative institutions of Italian fashion, that after seven years from Ferre’s death didn’t do anything yet to remember and celebrate his genius.
 
 
 
Alessandro Masetti – The Fashion Commentator

11 thoughts on “Exhibition – Gianfranco Ferré at the Textile Museum in Prato”

  1. incantevoli. le foto e le tue descrizioni. ricordo come fosse ieri una delle camicie di Ferrè che ha avuto la mia mamma a meta degli anni Novanta. peccato che in tintoria l’abbiano bucata, e abbiamo dovuto darla via. oggi sarebbe perfetta e puntualissimamente di moda.

  2. Ho sempre ammirato e stimato Ferrè, uno dei più grandi couturier italiani e non. E vado matta per le sue camicie bianche (come per quelle di Cristobal Balenciaga del resto) (e di Alaia). La mostra mi trasmette emozione già dalle tue foto, non mancherò di andarla a vedere!!

  3. Che mostra pazzesca… insomma è come andare ad ammirare non dei semplici abiti ma delle sculture che niente hanno a che vedere con le nostre “mondane ” camicie. Qui parliamo di tessuti complessi che nelle mani dello stilista-architetto sono mutate in arte eterea che è fine a se stessa e nulla ha a che vedere con la dimensione umana del coprirsi.
    Un plauso al Museo del Tessuto di Prato per l’iniziativa e complimenti a te per il post dettagliato ed evocativo rivolto anche a quelli che come me non possono godersi questa mostra.
    Baci
    RigillaMas
    Notes de Mode

  4. Che meraviglia!
    Io ero e sono follemente innamorata del Gianfranco Ferré anni 80.
    Questa mostra deve essere stupenda e tra le tante camicie che hai così magistralmente fotografato non saprei quale scegliere. Forse quella con le cinghie tipo cintura di forza e quella che fine 800 alla Proust. Che spettacolo! Bellissime poi le foto x-ray.
    Un motivo in più per venire dalle tue parti. Sempre avanti voi. E su Milano hai proprio ragione.
    Tra l’altro io mi sono sempre chiesta perché non esiste qualcosa come il Costume Institute o comunque un posto dove fare delle super mega mostre dedicate alla moda, ma di quelle epocali che attirano gente da ogni dove. Non ci credo che non ci sono soldi.
    Baci

    Alessia
    ElectroMode

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