Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Prince ♔ of Prints

A Colorful Legacy

One of my FAV designers Marchese Emilio Pucci di Barsento gets his Remarkable Renaissance Designs Celebrated in an immaculate Florence archive!!!

"When Emilio Pucci passed away 18 years ago, an English writer said he had played, during his very filled life, 'every note of his instrument': politician, parliamentarian, couturier, economist, pilot, athlete, jet-setter and scion of an aristocratic Florentine family that had long been close to the Medicis, as the neighbors two palazzi away.

Pucci was one of the first brands to bear a logo, as well as the pioneer of diversification into interiors, athletic wear and accessories. Pucci introduced free-moving, lightweight fabrics, pop art prints, and a new color palette into womenswear, and constantly pushed fabric and printing technologies.

The Florence archive is a well-organized, seriously curated enterprise devoted to a man, and a time, that explored new kinds of beauty. Pucci invented a beauty of his own, applying abstract design to the human figure as he painted the body with clothes. The archive adds a significant modernist component to Florence’s traditional landscape, and though it may at first seem at odds, it pushes those traditions of innovation forward. The archive is a rich record of a reinvented Florentine impulse that caused a Renaissance in fashion."

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Please enjoy these images, from the Florentine Pucci archive, below...

Pucci applied his signature style to a range of objects, including rugs, tables and china. In 2001 the firm joined forces with Cappellini to produce a new line of furniture (above)

The collection is in a suite of rooms on the palace’s first floor, parts of which date to the 13th century. (above) the frescoes, with scenes from the Odyssey, are late 18th century

Pucci painted his first scarf in 1949 (above). Hand-colored drawings for scarves from the 1960s and ’70s typify the vibrant colors and patterns that characterized his work.

(above) Handbags from the ’60s and ’70s. Pucci once said of his designs, which defined an era, “I revolutionized fashion because of intuition. Certain things were in the air.”

Pucci drew inspiration for his clothes from art, his travels and people he met. He always intended that his garments move with the body (above) silk jersey dresses from 1965
Silk jersey and silk organza dresses in several silhouettes from his 1970 collections hang in a closet (above)

Emilio Pucci XL Tome
By:Vanessa Friedman
Emilio Pucci XL tome features hundreds of photographs, drawings, and candid shots from the archive of the Emilio Pucci Foundation, the XL tome captures the breathtaking elegance and drama of a unique brand who's achievements in the context of fashion history provides insight into the remarkable dynasty...

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