Art + Fashion


26/06/17 - The Fashion label Gucci has decided to re-imagine Renaissance's most iconic artworks (specially those found at the Galleria degli Uffizi, in Florence) for its latest collections. Thus, the paintings by Michelangelo, Botticelli and Raphael came out of their frames to walk the runways. In most cases, it is necessary to find the connection, because it is not always crystal clear.  We must look for similarities in the colors and the shapes of the designs...
... As it happens with a red cape, very similar to those used by the Cardinals next to Pope Leo X, in Raphael's painting...
Gucci - Men Fall 2016 || Portrait of Pope Leo X with Two Cardinals, by Raphael (circa 1517)
... Or a blue velvet with golden embroidery, very similar to the tunic of Filippo Lippi's 1455 Madonna.
Gucci - Women Fall 2017 || Madonna and Child with Angels, by Filippo Lippi (1455)
The draperies were one of those elements that spoke of the skill of the artist in the 15th century.   Botticelli, in his "Spring", covered Mercury's torso with a draped tunic while he painted the three Graces in ethereal dresses. Gucci's designer re-interpretates the figures, melts them and from those 4 characters, a dress is born.
Gucci - Women Spring 2017 || Primavera, by Sandro Botticelli (1478)
The deep description of the "Birth of Christ", by Gentile da Fabriano, is full of details, among which are the clothes of the Three Magi. These tunics, richly decorated in gold and embroideries, are a focal point in the painting. Even though the main characters have auras on their heads (Mary, Joseph, the Child and the Three Magi), we cannot take our eyes from Caspar's red stockings. For Gucci's designer, the richness of his clothing was certainly an inspiration.
Gucci - Women Fall 2016 || Adoration of the Magiby Gentile da Fabriano (1423) - Detail
The conjunction of colors in Raphael's Virgin Mary is admirable, as is her dress. That very peculiar blue, so popular during that period, identifies her. If Pantone existed back then, it would have been called Virgin Mary blue.
Gucci - Resort 2017 || Madonna of the Goldfinch, by Raphael (1505-1506)
The relationship between art and fashion can be found throughout the world and the most renown designers seek inspiration in the works of the masters. This positive conjunction keep us in constant connection with the paintings and their artists.

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