The Italian Touch: Between Art and Fashion

We’ve partnered with Vogue Italia to explore the Italian Touch – the unique Italian attitude towards life, craft and food that makes our country and the people who live in it so special. Today we discover how a fascinating exhibition in beautiful Florence is exploring the intricate relationship between art and fashion.

The relationship between art and fashion is definitely not an obsolete theme to explore. One fascinating example is the exhibition Tra arte e moda, hosted by the Museo and the Fondazione Ferragamo and based on an idea by director Stefania Ricci, in collaboration with curators Maria Luisa Frisa, Enrica Morini and Alberto Salvadori.

The exhibition explores the various ways these two realms interact with one another, from the Pre-Raphaelites to Futurism, from Surrealism to the Radical movement. The exhibition is currently running at Museo Ferragamo in Florence (until April 7, 2017) and comprises 8 sections. The first one is dedicated to the work of the Tuscan-born designer Ferragamo, who was greatly inspired by 1900s avant-garde art, and seeks to examine his designs and their sources of inspiration.

The second section explores the collaborations between art and fashion dating back to the early 1900s, while the third is dedicated to the artists who have depicted fashionable garments and accessories in their work, like Gustav Klimt and Mariano Fortuny, without forgetting Futurism’s experimentations. The spotlight then turns on the famous collaborations between artists and fashion designers: from Schiaparelli’s work with Dalí, Cocteau and Giacometti to Yves Saint Laurent’s tribute to Mondrian.

One of the most famous examples of a collaboration between the worlds of art and fashion is Andy Warhol’s “The Souper Dress”, to whom the fourth section is devoted. The other four halls are dedicated to Germana Marucelli’s studio - a meeting point for fashion industry insiders, artists and intellectuals- to the relationship between images of art, music, poetry and photography, and to British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare.

Finally, a space dedicated to a number of artists including Hussein Chalayan, Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Helmut Lang and Nick Cave examines how it has become increasingly harder nowadays to define the combination of these two diverse creative practices. 

This article originally appeared on Vogue Italia.