On Tuesday, 19 June 2012, at the Stazione Leopolda, on the occasion of Pitti Immagine Uomo 82, Stone Island will exhibit 30 years of its history from 1982 to today. The brand that belongs to Sportswear Company and is headed by Carlo Rivetti, retraces its history dedicated to textile research and experimentation, to the study of garments’ function and use and to innovation, often investigating worlds that are far from clothing. A point of view and approach to research that is acknowledged as an indispensable reference for the sportswear and design worlds.
The exhibition, produced by Stone Island is curated by Simon Foxton and Nicholas Griffiths. The show moves along macro-areas and retraces – through 200 garments – the standards of excellence, including treatments, coatings, finishes, garment-dyeing processes and advanced technologies that have been the brand’s focal points from its conception to the present.
“I am very happy and thank the Pitti Discovery Foundation for deciding to share such an important moment with us by hosting our 30 years exhibition at Stazione Leopolda, and for their collaboration in organizing this event that will open on the occasion of Pitti Uomo, the most important international event interpreting menswear through style, fashion, design and culture.
I immediately accepted Gaetano Marzotto and Raffaello Napoleone’s invitation enthusiastically because of that mutual esteem that has always united us and because, when we began to plan our exhibition, I knew right away that Stazione Leopolda was the perfect place, full of history and culture.
This is the first time that Stone Island is celebrating itself, we have never organised any kind of event so the strain and enthusiasm are at their highest level. I reckon that, having reached 3 decades of history, there is something to tell and, for me, the collaboration with Fondazione Pitti Discovery is an acknowledgement to our work of which I am very proud”. Carlo Rivetti
“The great exhibition for Stone Island's thirty years held in Florence is a beautiful project - adds Gaetano Marzotto, president of Pitti Immagine and of the Fondazione Pitti Discovery – and we are pleased to be able to give our contribution. This alliance with a sportswear iconic brand based essentially on product innovation is a matter of prestige. This project is also coherent with the Pitti Discovery Foundation program, following on perfectly the themes addressed in our latest exhibitions, I am referring to “Workwear. Work, Fashion Seduction” or the exhibition dedicated to the Californian artist Andrea Zittel, all projects enquiring the innovative relationship between fashion and design, the use of materials and the study of the body. And then, I would like to underline the friendship between us, Pitti, and Carlo and Sabina Rivetti, a bond that can only grow stronger”.