On the occasion of Pitti Immagine Uomo n. 68, the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery is proud to celebrate in Florence the tenth anniversary of Raf Simons’ career – one of the innovators in contemporary menswear. His clothing collections, that debuted in the mid-nineties were defined by a narrow, linear cut. Shown on adolescents, rather than professional models they combined sartorial traditions with the “uniforms” of rebellious youths and marked a major turning point in the redefinition of men’s clothing.
For Raf Simons art, music, performance and photography are important parts of his esthetic statement (together with Francesco Bonami he curated the Fondazione Discovery exhibition The Fourth Sex. Adolescent extremes, in 2003) and so, he decided to present a spectacular, three-part event in one of the most fabulous places in Florence – the Boboli Gardens – to tell his story.
In this enormous green space the designer will create an original itinerary that will take visitors to areas that have never been used before. Through a series of stations and different mediums he will illustrate his ten, straight years of work 1995-2005. Not a nostalgic look at the past, but rather a grasp of a story that continues to fuel the present and future.The first will be the natural amphitheater of the Neptune Fountain. This magical area with its metaphysical echoes will be the setting for the fashion show (to be held only in Florence) featuring the Raf Simons 2006 Spring-Summer collection _ Raf Simons S/S 2006.
The next will be the newly restored Limonaia by Zanobi del Rosso (a glasshouse of the 18th century). The 150 meter long lemon house will host a multiple video-installation, featuring images especially created for this event and showing all facets of his visual lexicon _ Raf Simons Repeat.
Finally, the first monograph dedicated to Raf Simons will be presented with a special set up. Through images and text the book covers his entire, complex and fascinating career _ Raf Simons Redux.
With the patronage Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti