Stone Island Retrospective At Stazione Leopolda In Florence
To rejoice turning thirty, Italian sportswear model Stone Island has put 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 on the atmospheric Stazione Leopolda in Florence, more than 2 hundred military- and workwear -inspired garments are on present, including archive pieces, recreations and three new pieces specifically created for the anniversary. The exhibition primarily retraces the countless remedies, coatings, finishes, garment-dyeing processes and superior technologies which were the model’s focal points from its inception to the present day.
Guests are greeted by ‘The Vertical Army’, a three-stage parade of mannequin clones all sporting the legendary ‘Pure Metal Shell – Silver’ parka. The army serves as a backdrop for photographs of Italian footballer Marco Tardelli’s iconic goal celebration from 1982 – the 12 months Stone Island was born and Italy gained the football world cup.
The exhibition is then break up into a lot of rooms, proving just why Stone Island sees itself as a ‘laboratory company’. Island ‘Coatings’ offers with treatments and dyeing techniques, then there’s the Reflective room, the Chromatic room, the Steam room, Stone Island Shadow Challenge, Meshes, Knit Analysis, the Paper room, Particular tasks, heat reactive stone island jacket the Thermosensitive room and Motion Scrapbook – each providing a unique perception into the processes behind the designs and fabrics.
At the same time the discharge of a photographed edit of the brand’s archive, a ebook entitled ‘Archivio ‘982-‘012’, further illustrates the story of Stone Island. Containing greater than three hundred iconographic images, it shows a novel method to design, that finds inspiration method past the realms of style.