To celebrate turning thirty, Italian sportswear model Stone Island has placed on a retrospective celebrating the label’s historical past, research and experimentation.
Curated by British creatives Simon Foxton and Nicholas Griffiths, and hosted by Fondazione Pitti at the atmospheric Stazione Leopolda in Florence, more than 2 hundred military- and workwear -impressed garments are on present, together with archive pieces, recreations and three new items specifically created for the anniversary. The exhibition basically retraces the countless treatments, coatings, finishes, garment-dyeing processes and advanced applied sciences which have been the brand’s focal points from its inception to the present day.
Guests are greeted by ‘The Vertical Military’, a 3-level parade of mannequin clones all wearing the legendary ‘Pure Steel Shell – Stone Island Sale Silver’ parka. The army serves as a backdrop for photos of Italian footballer Marco Tardelli’s iconic goal celebration from 1982 – the year Stone Island was born and Italy received the soccer world cup.
The exhibition is then cut up into a number of rooms, proving just why Stone Island sees itself as a ‘laboratory company’. ‘Coatings’ offers with treatments and dyeing methods, then there’s the Reflective room, the Chromatic room, the Steam room, Stone Island Shadow Mission, Meshes, Knit Analysis, the Paper room, Particular projects, the Thermosensitive room and Motion Scrapbook – each offering a singular insight into the processes behind the designs and fabrics.
At the identical time the discharge of a photographed edit of the model’s archive, a e-book entitled ‘Archivio ‘982-‘012’, additional illustrates the story of Stone Island. Containing greater than three hundred iconographic images, it shows a singular method to design, that finds inspiration approach beyond the realms of trend.
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