“Gianfranco Ferré. In a different light: jewels and ornaments”The exhibition will be held at Palazzo Madama, Turin, in the Sala del Senato from 12th October 2017 to 19th February 2018
The show features 200 jewel-objects through which it explores the creative and artistic journey of the famous designer from Milan and shines a light on his passion for ornaments, a passion that has always been linked inextricably with the one he had for clothing, and was never less important to him than his love for outfits, but rather complementary to it.
The jewels on display were created by Ferré for fashion shows from 1980 to 2007, and are shown along with a few garments. But it would be a mistake to think of the ornaments as simple accessories for the clothes: they are actually the soul of the dress, and contribute to creating it.
In the words of Francesca Alfano Miglietti, curator of the exhibition:
Ferré builds a free zone within his universe of reference, where concepts become objects. And so we find shiny stones, enamelled metals, honed shells, painted wood, Murano glass, retro ceramics, Swarovski crystals and leather, iron, copper and bronze, in an enchanted horizon of brooches, necklaces, belts, rings, bracelets and ornaments. To Ferré, jewels are a concept of eternity.
The show is produced and organized by Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré and Fondazione Torino Musei. The exhibition design was created by the architect Francesco Raggi and features a minimalist set-up that manages to emphasize the jewels in the impressive setting of Sala del Senato.
This exhibition is of great interest, because it presents Gianfranco Ferré in a different light, as a creator of jewelry and ornaments. And this was the field in which the designer achieved his very first success, even before the birth of his Prêt à Porter.
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