Clothes like sculptures, fabric, and embroidery like paintings: everything in the rooms of the Museum of Costume and Fashion in Pitti Palace helps to recreate a kind of zoological stroll amid the creations of contemporary designers conjuring up the most unexpected of animal worlds. Animalia Fashion Exhibition is just as peculiar as the name indicates and I Lobo You has all the inside scoop.
From France and Italy to China and Russia, the clothing on display provides visitors with an astonishing overview of what Nature has to offer Haute Couture in terms of inspiration and atmospherics, and Art as a product of imagination and creativity. Fashion design can take us by surprise, it can unleash our imagination, it can involve us in a new game of identification and suggestion.
We should expect not leopard’s spots but babirusa teeth; zebra stripes and tiger stripes are totally absent, making way instead for insects, hedgehogs, swans, lobsters, snakes, shells, fish and corals, telling us that Fashion is Art and that, in that capacity, it “apes Nature”.
This fashion exhibition explores the relationship that modern design establishes with animals in an entertaining and poetic manner, yet at the same time, it sounds an alarm bell at a time when climate change and the superpowers’ dwindling interest in environmental issues are endangering countless species.
Thus “Animalia Fashion” is one of the most surprising and evocative art exhibitions in the field of Haute Couture, pure poetry in the juxtapositions proposed, yet at the same time an invitation to reflect on the wonders of the universe, if we consider the arrangement conceived as a fantastic, hyperbolic natural history museum.