Saturday, February 26, 2011

Palazzo Marino: Metier d’Arte, Designer Fashion exhibition.

Palazzo Marino: Metier d’Arte, Designer Fashion exhibition. The exhibition at Palazzo Marino, Metier d’Arte, Designer Fashion (until March 1st) celebrates the passion and dedication of the master embroiderer Pino Grasso, and a lifetime dedicated to the quest for beauty and perfection. From the late fifties onwards, the Milan based atelier of Pino Grasso (who today works alongside his daughter Raffaella) saw the comings and goings of the greatest names in Italian fashion: Schuberth, Fabiani, Lancetti, Veneziani, and later Valentino, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre, to name but a few.  The partnership with Valentino lasted for many seasons.  The Archives of Pino Grasso tell a touching and beautiful tale of Italian fashion: over ten thousand samples made over the course of fifty years’ work that represent an excellence impossible to trace anywhere.
Above: Pino Grasso with a jacket embroidered for Valentino, Fall/Winter 1990/1991 Haute Couture collection.

Metier d’Arte, Designer Fashion exhibition.  Mila Schon, Spring Summer 2009 collection. Cape in overlapping ivory rubber scales.

 Metier d’Arte, Designer Fashion exhibition. Valentino, Spring/Summer 2004  Haute Couture collection.   Jewel jacket with pink and mauve crocodile base embroidered with floral patterns and peau d’ange coral branches, rhinestones, and cylindrical beads.
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