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Animalia Fashion: Nature and Haute Couture on Show at Palazzo Pitti – Open until May 5, 2019

The appealing and irresistible power of nature and the animal world captures the creativity and the ingenuity of fashion designers. Spiders, insects, urchins, lobsters, snakes, fish, shells, corals, parrots and butterflies become a source of inspiration for dream garments, shoes, sophisticated bags and stunning pieces of jewellery. Authentic art masterpieces, sewn by the golden hands of many haute couture brand experts, which, in these last years – from 2000 to 2018 – reinterpreted the wonders of the animal world poetically and with a touch of witty irony, using threads, fabrics, feathers, precious leathers and turning them into thousands of palpable seductions, in an endless variety of mutating shapes and colour changes.

All this and much more at Animalia Fashion, a spectacular exhibition curated by Patricia Lurati and open until 5th May 2019 inside the Museum of Costume and Fashion at Palazzo Pitti, with about a hundred pieces loaned from the most important international fashion houses, but also from the Museo della Specola, the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology of Florence and the Italian Association of Arachnology. This event opens the 2019 winter session of Pitti Immagine, with Pitti Uomo no.95, taking place at the Fortezza da Basso from 8th to 11th January, and offers visitors a wonderful insight of the animal world, between nature and fashion, while strolling along the 18 rooms of the exhibiting itinerary.

“By displaying about one hundred pieces including clothes, bags, shoes, jewellery and accessories, the Haute Couture interprets a wonderful universe, where manikins become creatures of a modern and poetic bestiary. It is also a tribute to the artistic and technical qualities of contemporary fashion, to which the Museum of Costume and Fashion of Palazzo Pitti is devoting new energies and attention”, commented Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Galleries.

“By having an emotional dialogue with this zoo made of fabrics, feathers, leather and much more – says curator Patrizia Lurati – visitors are surprised and involved in discovering the wonders of the animal world, which becomes a source of inspiration for designers, creating unexpected combinations in the mind of those who visit this exhibition”.

INFO and bookings: Firenze Musei +39 055 290383 – firenzemusei@operalaboratori.com – www.uffizi.it

(Fiamma Domestici)