Stone Island Retrospective At Stazione Leopolda In Florence
To rejoice turning thirty, Italian sportswear brand Stone Island has put on a retrospective celebrating the label’s historical past, research and experimentation.
Curated by British creatives stone island jacket denmark Simon Foxton and Nicholas Griffiths, and hosted by Fondazione Pitti on the atmospheric Stazione Leopolda in Florence, more than two hundred navy- and workwear -impressed garments are on show, together with archive pieces, recreations and three new pieces specifically created for KNIT the anniversary. The exhibition primarily retraces the numerous remedies, coatings, finishes, garment-dyeing processes and advanced applied sciences which were the model’s focal points from its inception to the current day.
Visitors are greeted by ‘The Vertical Military’, a three-level parade of mannequin clones all wearing the legendary ‘Pure Steel Shell – Silver’ parka. The military serves as a backdrop for images of Italian footballer Marco Tardelli’s iconic aim celebration from 1982 – the year Stone Island was born and Italy received the football world cup.
The exhibition is then cut up into a number of rooms, proving just why Stone Island sees itself as a ‘laboratory firm’. ‘Coatings’ deals with remedies and dyeing techniques, then there’s the Reflective room, the Chromatic room, the Steam room, Stone Island Shadow Undertaking, Meshes, Knit Research, the Paper room, Special initiatives, the Thermosensitive room and Motion Scrapbook – every providing a novel insight into the processes behind the designs and fabrics.
At the same time the release of a photographed edit of the model’s archive, a book entitled ‘Archivio ‘982-‘012’, additional illustrates the story of Stone Island. Containing more than three hundred iconographic images, it exhibits a novel method to design, that finds inspiration means beyond the realms of style.