Whereas the identify Ferragamo was synonymous with the creation of ladies’s sneakers till 1950, Salvatore Ferragamo, the model’s founder, wished to develop their catalogue to incorporate all types of clothes to decorate ladies from head to toe. Nevertheless, it wasn’t till the Seventies that this dream was absolutely realised with the assistance of his daughter Fulvia Ferragamo who launched steady manufacturing of silk equipment for each women and men. With this new exhibition on the Museo Ferragamo in Florence, Italy, the style home traces the origins of silk again to historical China and the silk highway, and its historic relationship with the timeless cloth.
Whereas Fulvia Ferragamo was a pupil on the Poggio Imperiale college for women, she stayed within the fabled Chinese language Condominium. Its rooms, adorned with watercolours depicting life in historical China, silk-making and rice cultivation, began her fascination with silk and later got here to drastically affect her designs. She was a cultured girl nonetheless, and shortly drew inspiration from different sources corresponding to historical books and unique wildlife, that are essentially the most recurring themes in Ferragamo’s vary of silk ties and scarves respectively. Via the colourful exhibition, SILK takes viewers by means of Fulvia Ferragamo’s thoughts as they check out the fascinating topics which impressed the elegant silk prints that got here to outline the Ferragamo identify.
As well as, the primary a part of the exhibition options an set up from Chinese language artists Solar Yuan and Peng Yu entitled “Have been Creatures Born Celestial?”, exploring the origins of silk and the traditionally vital Silk Street, the place East and West collided and gave delivery to a brand new world of ideological and cultural exchanges and fusion.
Curated by Judith Clark and Stefania Ricci, SILK drew from Salvatore Ferragamo’s huge archives to inform the story of this most luxurious of supplies, and the half it performed within the model’s wealthy and distinguished heritage.
The exhibition will run from 25 March 2021 until 18 April 2022, and even incorporates a digital exhibit in Italian and English for its world viewers. The SILK exhibit will be discovered on Salvatorre Ferragamo’s web site right here.
All photos courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo.