The Galleria del Costume is reopening in Palazzo Pitti with an exhibition celebrating Gianfranco Ferré
Following extensive restoration work lasting two years, the Galleria del Costume is reopening in Palazzo Pitti with an exhibition celebrating Gianfranco Ferré and his recent donation of items of clothing to the Galleria.
It is with great enthusiasm that the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana and Pitti Immagine greet this event, to be held on occasion of the reopening, and in particular the coming-together of the architect-designer Gianfranco Ferré and the only museum structure today existing in Italy whose aim it is to present and confront different figurative languages and their evolution and to promote a broader understanding and a more informed and better-documented approach to the culture of fashion.
The exhibition of Gianfranco Ferré’s fashion – staged by Margherita Palli in a space extending from the “Sala del Fiorino” to the Ballroom and on to the Music Room of the winter quarters of Palazzo Pitti – includes thirty-four of the sixty-seven outfits with accessories (for a total of about 300 items) in the Couture and Prêt-à-Porter Donna collections designed by the stylist between 1986 and 1999 and which have been donated by their creator to the Florentine museum, with the intent of “underlining the link between future-looking design and the fundamental tradition of elegance that is Florence’s alone and finds expression above all in the many skills underlying its ‘artistic crafts’.”
Both the three sections that make up the permanent exhibit at the museum – a selection of costumes and accessories from the 17th through the 20th century, women’s fashion in the 1930’s/1940’s, the period between the two great wars, supported by a parallel exhibit of paintings documenting the period, and the collection of conceptual jewelry donated by the artist Flora Wiechmann Savioli – and the special exhibition of Ferré’s outfits are promoted by Firenze Musei and were coordinated and realized by the Director of the Artistic and Cultural Assets Service of Florence, Antonio Paolucci, and by Carlo Sisi, Director of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna and of the Galleria del Costume of Palazzo Pitti.
The Galleria del Costume of Palazzo Pitti is proud to again be able to offer its museum services to the public and to be able to begin with this multi-faceted exhibition project, after nearly two years of radical restoration work and scrupulous rearrangement of its exhibit rooms carried out thanks to the decisive financial contribution of Firenze Musei.
The Centro and Pitti Immagine, in harmony with the Galleria del Costume, are fully committed to contributing to future acquisitions and new museum projects that will range through the entire panorama of international fashion.
Pitti Immagine’s involvement with the Galleria del Costume has in the past given rise to prestigious events, such as “La Sala Bianca, nascita della moda italiana” (“The Sala Bianca – The Birth of Italian Fashion.” Florence-Palazzo Strozzi, 1992 and Paris--Louvre, 1993) and brilliant projects such as Discovery, dedicated to contemporary art and aesthetics, which since 1999 has been presenting, in the specially-created space in Via Faenza and at the Teatro Rondò di Bacco at Palazzo Pitti, stimulating works, installations, and prominent artists on today’s creative scene.