13-14 January 2018 | Italy
A euphoric weekend all the Pitti Uomo explorers had spent in Florence as all the visitants had an amazing chance to pop in on the Gucci Garden; a giant illuminating neon-pink eye placed onto the façade of the ancient Palazzo della Mercanzia.
Gucci Garden: An astonishing, mercantile macrocosm which represents the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia also housed the Gucci Museo. Its idea was contrived by creative director Alessandro Michele. This recently designed turf highlighted a store with unique items, the Gucci Garden Galleria exhibition rooms are curated by critic Maria Luisa Frisa.
Florence city is notoriously regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance since its significant role in the medieval times as a centre of European trade and finance. However, today this helped the creative director Alessandro Michele with his arising stratagems. His work is sussed by an enlightened embosom in the past. In 2011, Gucci Museo refurbished this graceful building; an anachronism that had survived years since 1337. It has since then sustained as a cultural space and has now resuscitated in Florence. Part shop, part offbeat mansion – the palazzo has been remained as a living, synergetic monument to Gucci’s own reawakening.
It consisted of a vibrant bazaar on its grounds that had a variety of exclusive products. A bag that was embellished with the title artwork of British illustrator and naturalist Henry Noel Humphreys’ The Genera of British Moths published in 1858; denim jackets that were emblazoned with sacred animals, tigers have been jazzed up on knitted jumpers and their fronts covered with moths and butterflies. Some eccentric embroidery with the heads of mythical beasts, fragranced bougies, ceramic plates were done on chairs and bespoke stationery were all for sale that too each with its own special Gucci Garden label.
Moving on the other side of the stairs, visitants could get a glance of an exceptional dining area ushered by one of the honored chef Massimo Bottura. Visitors had a chance to taste variety of international cuisine served from his kitchen and the food that was influenced from Peru to Japan with Italian classics. The curator Maria Lusia Frisa has narrated the history of Gucci across six rooms. Today its status has grown in Florence as an apogee of millennial style since its commencement as a creator of leather appurtenances and luggage in 1921. A red chiffon blouse from Michele’s debut menswear collection was manifested in one room. Basically, this look has been the vanguard for a pristine rendition of masculinity
The show ‘Italiana: Narrating Italian History Through Fashion, 1971-2001’ by Frisa is also due to launch in February 2018 at Milan’s Palazzo Reale. Milan’s Palazzo Reale will exhibit objects in themes rather than chronologically. The first room ‘Guccification’ will retrieve the iconic GG symbol as a work of pop. In the other room we can observe Gucci’s persistent fondness for flora and fauna that will be flaunted through archival and trendy on-going season attires also we can check out some silver animal sculptures constructed by company in the 1950’s and few original masterpieces by painter Vittorio Accornero; in 1996 he was appointed to create the original Gucci Flora print.
Works of artists such as Jayde Fish, Trevor Andrew, (AKA Gucci Ghost) and Coco Capitán have been used to petrify the walls all over. Embellishment of a giant 19th century equestrian oil portrait could be seen along with Fantino con bambina by Domenico Induno which was attained by the house back in 1980’s. A costume from the same period was also exhibited; it was smothered in a print of small riding boots. Although it was a gallery not a museum which Frisa reminded throughout. The Gucci House was indeed an emblem of a famed brand which has been putting excellent efforts since its origination in order to showcase innovative performances through their commendable artwork.