AT PITTI UOMO 92 VITALE BARBERIS CANONICO PRESENTS 1663: FABRIC TALES
The fabric archive from this wool mill is on display at the Fortezza in an encounter between past, present, future and Made in Italy creativity.
Liverano & Liverano Atelier
The same family has been at the helm of the Vitale Barberis Canonico mill for over 350 years, and they are back this year at Pitti Uomo with event staged at the Polveriera (ex-armoury) of the Fortezza. It is an event dedicated to their historic archives and the collection of special fabrics in 21-micron wool.
The exhibition space dedicated to the mill will be subdivided into various areas, each defined by its own theme. On entering the Polveriera the visitor will be captivated by the magic of the Vitale Barberis Canonico archives. The spotlight will be on three historical and important sample ranges, as each of these epitomises the creativity of three different historical periods: 1846-1857, 1930, 1970. Each range unveiled is presented in an interactive form and made to evoke the personality of a unique historical figure: Lord Gordon Lennox, Edward VIII, Gianni Agnelli. The area, equipped with 6 mobile stations, will allow visitors access to the digital archive of Vitale Barberis Canonico. Over 2,500 volumes and 25,000 fabric work sheets are available to visitors for a voyage into the origins of design creativity. The archive is a collection of trends and samples from 1846 up until the present day. It is a legacy that portrays the history of men’s and women’s costume through its sample ranges of fabrics, which come from Italy, France, Britain, Germany and beyond.