Hats between Art and Extravaganza in Florence

Hats between Art and Extravaganza in Florence

Colors, poetry and art perceived through original and extravagant hats. After the monographic exhibition in 2012 dedicated to ties, the Costume Gallery is proud to feature an accessory that is destined not to go unnoticed: the hat. Visitors will admire a small part of the masterpieces belonging to the Costume Gallery, which now counts about a thousand works preserved in its deposits (as precious as a bank vault!). Among the models exhibited, works by well-known fashion house brands prevail, such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, Gianfranco Ferré, joined by famous international designers such as Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Paulette. Worth noticing is the debut of amazing artcraft products of Italian and Florentine millinery, thanks to the main Tuscan hat manufacturing companies, which inherit the ancient handicraft production of the Florentine Straw Hat.

The refined hats and caps are showcased following a precise chromatic effect starting from curious creations in flomboyant reddish and orange tones to pastel green colors, extraordinary turcoise feathers and trendy black and white models. An extravagant concept for each female personality, for special occasions and above all for any caprice. Different designs and materials accompany the visitor through the rooms: stroh, wool, feathers, fabrics, plastic, organdie, silk, hemp. Incredibly light is the flame red creation by Toque (1950) in feathers, opposite the unique textile sculpture by Roberto Capucci.

I was then captured by the colorful drawings by Alberto Lattuada and the largest hat I noticed. The model is a beach hat by Gianfranco Ferrè (1993), which is about a meter wide close to the outstanding Nanà creation in turcoise ostrich feathers and lace (2013) similar to a coiffure. It represents one of the best synthesis of art, extravagance, handicraft talent and even poetry. You will feel the irresistible desire to try every single model, but the only freedom allowed is to imagine them on the heads of their eclectic (and wealthy!) owners.

 

Hats between art and extravaganza in Florence
From December 3, 2013 till May 18, 2014 at the Galleria del Costume of Palazzo Pitti (Florence)