At totally different venues within the environs of the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in the heart of Florence, an exhibition named ‘Across Art and Fashion(Tra Arte e Moda), that encompasses clothes, equipment, fabrics, works of art, books, periodicals and images, considers the often-mentioned relationship between trend and art.
‘Within the last 10 years, artists have been reflecting on the commercial facet increasingly’, in keeping with Stefania Ricci, director of the Ferragamo Museo. ‘And trend designers are utilizing art more too’, she continues, ‘in analysis and inspiration’.
With the weighty backdrop of Florence’s historical past as a meeting place of artists and incubator of artwork, it’s solely fitting that Salvatore Ferragamo selected Uffizi Gallery, the National Library, Museo Marino Marini and the museum of Textile in Prato as its collaborators. ‘In the Renaissance, there was no distinction between artwork and craftsmanship’, Ricci remarks, and that’s where Mr Ferragamo, the Florentine shoe designer comes into the picture.
There isn’t a query that he was deeply fascinated by avant-garde art, as much as he was fascinated by the glamourous Hollywood world he geared up with elegant footwear. He collaborated with each Dior and Schiapparelli, and bedecked each Audrey Hepburn and Peggy Guggenheim.
Ferragamo took quite a lot of inspiration from the colourful works of Sonia Delaunay and from Kenneth Noland’s circular abstraction, and alongside these items contemporary designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake share the plinths with Yinka Shonibare, a Nigerian artist who uses African waxprint textiles in nineteenth century silhouettes, and Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang and Gareth Pugh. ‘Basically, all of them address the issue of the physique’, concludes Ricci. As did Salvatore Ferragamo, who produced his finest work in the 1920s and nineteen thirties, and who will go down in vogue historical past as the shoe designer who artfully altered our silhouette from the ground up.