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January 14, 2015
Stone Island Retrospective At Stazione Leopolda In Florence
To have fun turning thirty, Italian sportswear model Stone Island has put on a retrospective celebrating the label’s history, research and experimentation.
Curated by British creatives Simon Foxton and Nicholas Griffiths, and hosted by Fondazione Pitti on the atmospheric Stazione Leopolda in Florence, more than two hundred military- and workwear -impressed garments are on present, including archive pieces, recreations and three new items specially created for KNIT the anniversary. The exhibition essentially retraces the numerous remedies, coatings, finishes, garment-dyeing processes and superior applied sciences which have been the brand’s focal factors from its inception to the current day.
Visitors are greeted by ‘The Vertical Army’, a three-level parade of mannequin clones all carrying the legendary ‘Pure Steel Shell – stone island swim shorts navy Silver’ parka. The military serves as a backdrop for photos of Italian footballer Marco Tardelli’s iconic objective celebration from 1982 – the 12 months Stone Island was born and Italy won the soccer world cup.
The exhibition is then split into quite a few rooms, proving just why Stone Island sees itself as a ‘laboratory firm’. ‘Coatings’ deals with treatments and dyeing strategies, then there’s the Reflective room, the Chromatic room, the Steam room, Stone Island Shadow Venture, Meshes, Knit Research, the Paper room, Special projects, the Thermosensitive room and Movement Scrapbook – every offering a unique insight into the processes behind the designs and fabrics.
At the same time the discharge of a photographed edit of the model’s archive, a ebook entitled ‘Archivio ‘982-‘012’, further illustrates the story of Stone Island. Containing greater than three hundred iconographic images, it reveals a singular approach to design, that finds inspiration manner past the realms of fashion.