Stone Island Retrospective At Stazione Leopolda In Florence

To celebrate 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 at the atmospheric Stazione Leopolda in Florence, more than two hundred army- and workwear -inspired garments are on show, including archive pieces, recreations and three new items specifically created for Research the anniversary. The exhibition basically retraces the numerous therapies, coatings, finishes, garment-dyeing processes and advanced applied sciences which were the brand’s focal points from its inception to the present day.

Guests are greeted by ‘The Vertical Military’, a three-degree parade of mannequin clones all wearing the legendary ‘Pure Steel Shell – Silver’ parka. The military serves as a backdrop for images of Italian footballer Marco Tardelli’s iconic goal celebration from 1982 – the 12 months Stone Island was born and Italy received the football world cup.

The exhibition is then cut up into a lot of rooms, proving just why Stone Island sees itself as a ‘laboratory firm’. ‘Coatings’ deals with therapies and dyeing strategies, then there’s the Reflective room, the Chromatic room, the Steam room, Stone Island Shadow Venture, Meshes, Knit Analysis, the Paper room, Particular projects, the Thermosensitive room and Movement Scrapbook – every providing a unique perception into the processes behind the designs and fabrics.

Garment-Dyed Chest Pocket Cotton T-Shirt in Black

At the same time the release of a photographed edit of the brand’s archive, a e-book entitled ‘Archivio ‘982-‘012’, additional illustrates the story of Stone Island. Containing more than three hundred iconographic photographs, it shows a novel approach to design, that finds inspiration way past the realms of style.

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