To rejoice turning thirty, Italian sportswear brand Stone Island has placed 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, greater than two hundred army- and workwear -inspired garments are on show, together with archive pieces, recreations and three new pieces specifically created for the anniversary. The exhibition basically retraces the countless therapies, coatings, finishes, garment-dyeing processes and advanced applied sciences which have been the brand’s focal factors from its inception to the present day.
Visitors are greeted by ‘The Vertical Army’, a three-stage parade of mannequin clones all wearing the legendary ‘Pure Steel Shell – Silver’ parka. Stone Island Clothes The army serves as a backdrop for photographs of Italian footballer Marco Tardelli’s iconic purpose celebration from 1982 – the year Stone Island was born and Italy gained the soccer world cup.
The exhibition is then break up into quite a few rooms, proving just why Stone Island sees itself as a ‘laboratory company’. ‘Coatings’ offers with therapies and dyeing techniques, then there’s the Reflective room, the Chromatic room, the Steam room, Stone Island Shadow Challenge, Meshes, Knit Research, the Paper room, Special tasks, the Thermosensitive room and Motion Scrapbook – every providing a novel insight into the processes behind the designs and fabrics.
At the same time the release of a photographed edit of the model’s archive, a e-book entitled ‘Archivio ‘982-‘012’, further illustrates the story of Stone Island. Containing greater than three hundred iconographic pictures, it exhibits a unique method to design, that finds inspiration approach beyond the realms of style.