Worlds Col­lide

Fon­dazione Fer­rag­amo and Museo Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo present an ex­hi­bi­tion that ex­plores the com­plex re­la­tion­ship be­tween art and fash­ion. By Dewey Sim

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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.

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