Stone Island Retrospective At Stazione Leopolda In Florence
To have a good time turning thirty, Italian sportswear brand Stone Island has put on a retrospective celebrating the label’s historical past, analysis 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 military- and workwear -inspired garments are on show, including archive pieces, recreations and three new pieces specially created for the anniversary. The exhibition basically retraces the numerous remedies, coatings, finishes, garment-dyeing processes and advanced applied sciences that have been the brand’s focal points from its inception to the present day.
Visitors are greeted by ‘The Vertical Army’, a three-degree parade of mannequin clones all carrying the legendary ‘Pure Metallic Shell – Silver’ parka. Stone Island Shop The military serves as a backdrop for images of Italian footballer Marco Tardelli’s iconic goal celebration from 1982 – the year Stone Island was born and Italy won the football world cup.
The exhibition is then break up into a variety of rooms, proving simply why Stone Island sees itself as a ‘laboratory Project company’. ‘Coatings’ deals with treatments 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 initiatives, the Thermosensitive room and Motion Scrapbook – each offering a unique insight into the processes behind the designs and fabrics.
At the same time the release of a photographed edit of the brand’s archive, a book entitled ‘Archivio ‘982-‘012’, further illustrates the story of Stone Island. Containing more than three hundred iconographic photographs, it exhibits a unique approach to design, that finds inspiration approach beyond the realms of trend.