Stone Island Retrospective At Stazione Leopolda In Florence
To have fun turning thirty, Italian sportswear brand Stone Island has placed 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 at the atmospheric Stazione Leopolda in Florence, greater than two hundred navy- and workwear -impressed garments are on show, together with archive pieces, recreations and three new items specially created for KNIT the anniversary. The exhibition primarily retraces the countless remedies, coatings, finishes, garment-dyeing processes and advanced applied sciences which have been the model’s focal points from its inception to the current day.
Visitors are greeted by ‘The Vertical Military’, a three-degree 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 aim celebration from 1982 – the 12 months Stone Island was born and Italy won the soccer world cup.
The exhibition is then break up into quite a lot of rooms, proving simply why Stone Island sees itself as a ‘laboratory company’. ‘Coatings’ offers with therapies and dyeing strategies, then there’s the Reflective room, the Chromatic stone island linen shirt room, the Steam room, Stone Island Shadow Project, Meshes, Knit Analysis, the Paper room, Special tasks, the Thermosensitive room and Movement Scrapbook – each offering a unique perception into the processes behind the designs and fabrics.
At the same time the release of a photographed edit of the brand’s archive, a ebook entitled ‘Archivio ‘982-‘012’, further illustrates the story of Stone Island. Containing more than three hundred iconographic pictures, it exhibits a unique approach to design, that finds inspiration way beyond the realms of fashion.