Fondazione Ferragamo and Museo Salvatore Ferragamo present an exhibition that explores the complex relationship between art and fashion. By Dewey Sim
While some would argue that the worlds of art and fashion are separate and independent entities, a new exhibition organised and promoted by Fondazione Ferragamo and Museo Salvatore Ferragamo blurs the lines between the two. Drawing inspiration from the life story of its founder, Salvatore Ferragamo, and his fascination with the 20th century avant- garde art movement, the exhibition, titled Across Art and Fashion, explores the complex chemistry and relationship between the two realms.
The exhibition, curated by Maria Luisa Frisa among others, examines the fluid role play between art and fashion in today’s cultural industry, and questions the validity of the view of that the two are distinct realms. This is done by juxtaposing the works of modern designers like Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Yves Saint Laurant against those of Pre- Raphaelites, Futurists, Surrealists, as well as Radical artists.
Drawing on the resources of private and public museum collections from around the world, it features a series of clothing, accessories, and works of art, such as the Salvatore Ferragamo pump inspired by the work of American artist Kenneth Noland in the 1950s; a dress designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1930s in collaboration with Salvador Dalì; as well as an installation of photographs of Andy Warhol, titled Altered Images.
In line with its added aim of involving various cultural institutions and museums, the exhibition is held in collaboration with the Florence Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, the Gallerie degli Uffizi (the Galleria d’arte moderna, the Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti), Museo Marino Marini, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and Museo del Tessuto in Prato.