Salvatore Ferragamo across art and fashion. Literally. The exhibition at Museo Ferragamo in Florence analyses the articulated relationship between artists and stylists.

Until April 7, 2017 Museo Ferragamo in Florence will promote and organise the exhibit “Salvatore Ferragamo Across Art and Fashion“. An invitation to reflect on the world of art and fashion, analysing the cross-contamination and influences.

From the Pre-Raphaelites to Futurism, Surrealism and Radical Fashion, designers have drawn to figurative art as a source of inspiration, sealing a close relationship between the two disciplines.

The exhibit starts from the work of Salvatore Ferragamo, who was inspired by the world of avant-garde artists. It flows into ateliers from the fifties and sixties, then continues with the birth of celebrity culture, following the experimentations of the ’90s and contemporary cultural industry.

Museo Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Across Art and Fashion - Ferragamo Museum

Salvatore Ferragamo Across Art and Fashion – Ferragamo Museum

The exhibition at Museo Ferragamo begins the path, exploring the footwear fashion house’s creations, already regarded as artistic pieces in the ’30s.

From plexiglass and steel prototypes to the straw and the calf; from the shoes created for Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn, to those for Marilyn and Ava Gardner. All exceptionally modern.

The exhibition continues by comparing the forms of art and fashion, showing the collaboration between artists and designers, like Thayaht and Vionnet, Schiaparelli with Dalì and Cocteau.

The lights are on the artists who joined the fashion world. It’s the case of Andy Warhol, advertising designer for Vogue and Glamour in the ’50s.

Accompanying the exhibition there’re clothing, accessories, fabrics, works of art, books, photographs from public and private collections.

Among the creations, the dress made in the 30s by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí; the Souper Dress by Andy Warhol, the Yves Saint Laurent dress inspired by Piet Mondrian paintings, and the wooden corsage of Hussein Chalayan.

The exhibition explores the moodbard (collage of images used by artists), analysing the works by artist Yinka Shonibare, Hussein Chalayan and Martin Margiela.

Florence and Prato across art and fashion

The role-play doesn’t end at Museo Ferragamo. It continues within four other important cultural institutions: the National Central Library of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery, the Marino Marini Museum and the Textile Museum of Prato.

The National Library examines the relationship between art and fashion in the press, starting from the early 20th century.

The Fiorino Room at Uffizi Gallery analyses the 19th century in fashion through artists’ fabrics, such as those of Lucio Fontana.

At the Textile Museum of Prato the focus is on tapestries, while the collaboration between artists and fashion is central at the Marino Marini Museum.

The director of Museo Ferragamo, Stefania Ricci, curated the exhibition with Maria Luisa Frisa, Enrica Morini e Alberto Salvatori.

“Across Art and Fashion”

Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

Piazza santa Trinità, 5r

Florence, May 15, 2016 – April 7, 2017