We are delighted to announce that Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré is becoming a member of the Europeana Fashion network. The Fondazione joins the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Berg Publishers and the Central Museum of Textiles as an associate partner. We are looking forward to working with Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré.
The Gianfranco Ferré Foundation was established in February 2008. The Foundation preserves, organises and makes publicly available materials by Gianfranco Ferré and promotes the legacy of the Gianfranco Ferré aesthetic through a variety of projects.
One of those projects is the exhibition “La camicia bianca secondo me. Gianfranco Ferré” opening tomorrow at the Museo del Tessuto in Prato, Italy. The exhibition explores Ferré’s, dubbed the “the architect of fashion” most iconic pieces: the white shirt.
The exhibition will run at Museo del Tessuto from 1 February 2014 until 15 June 2014.
This year, the house of Lanvin is celebrating its 125th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the house has decided to reveal the best of its archives online. The website will host a special section dedicated to the house’s history and is using social media for some special projects.
A milestone in the history of Lanvin is celebrated every Thursday on Facebook, Instagram will soon see snapshots from objects in the office of Jeanne Lanvin and Pinterest hosts boards highlighting the house’s five key codes: Lanvin blue, the house’s logo, hats, Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter Marguerite.
It was Marguerite after all that was behind the success of Jeanne Lanvin (1889-1946), founder of the brand and milliner by trade. Jeanne’s motherly love inspired the custom designs Jeanne starting making for her daughter. They became all the rage with the fashionable Parisian set of the early 1900s and Jeanne soon found herself in womenswear.
Lanvin’s success grew throughout the 1920s and 1930s. She introduced a youthful aesthetic that blurred the lines between childrens’ clothes and womenswear, reflected in her popular “robe de styles”. Her patterns were simple but she embellished them with embroidery, appliques, ribbons, and sunbursts. Colour was another code for Lanvin, particularly “Lanvin Blue” inspired by a fresco of Fra Angelico that Jeanne saw in Florence.
After Jeanne passed away in 1946, her daughter took over for a short time, followed by several designers over the next decades. Since 1999 designer Alber Elbaz has been credited with restoring Lanvin’s glory and reinstalling the house’s signature codes.
See all Lanvin in the Europeana Fashion portal
See Lanvin on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook
Now the fashion season has kicked off again with menswear shows in the major fashion cities, we look at an object that has nearly disappeared from men’s fashion. While once a prerequisite for every self-respecting man, the hat is now only worn for formal occasions or by those who dare to wear one. We selected some hats from the history of menswear.
“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.” – Frank Sinatra
Men have been wearing hats since the 10th century and hats have always an indicator of the social status of the wearer. Men wore hats outside, to church, but also inside. The styles were dictated by fashion, changing hairstyles, developments in technology or even practical reasons. Hats went out of fashion in the 1950s, as hairstyles grew more voluminous and the car protected wearers from rain and sunshine instead. Hats are now worn for formal occasions, such as weddings, or by those would dare to stand out.