STONE ISLAND 30 – Thirty years of experimentation in exhibition

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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 STONE ISLAND 30 exhibition, produced by Stone Island and hosted by Fondazione Pitti Discovery at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, is curated by the British creatives Simon Foxton and Nicholas Griffiths.
In 2000 square metres within the Leopolda station, the atmosphere of historic industrial site remains intact; the exhibition plan unravels, divided into 8 areas dedicated to themes of excellence explored and defined by Stone Island over the past 30 years.
An exhibition that recounts not only a part of the history of sportswear related fashion, but also of the fitful research into fabrics and their treatment as finished garments. A symbolic evocation of the workshops of Renaissance craftsmen, brought into the present through the specificity of the manufacturing processes that led to the creation of the celebrated Made in Italy.
A harmonic examination of the specific fields of research, illustrating their origins and evolutions, the stratification of the various levels of experience and the transversal technical and technological translations between different worlds.

The retrospective STONE ISLAND 30 includes more than 200 garments from the archives, with the countless treatments production and processes that contributed to their creation.
One moves from innovative treatments like fabric coatings, resin coatings and plating, to the study of the refraction of light and investigations into thermo-sensitive textiles. From the more particular garment dyeing and double dyeing techniques, to the effects and dynamics of under pressure dyeing and to the garments in fabrics foreign to the fashion world, such as those originating in the aviation or biomedical industries.

On the occasion of the Exhibition, Stone Island will present for the very first time, “Archivio ’982–’012”, the book that tells the brand with more than 300 iconographic images of garments from the archives.

In the picture: JOCK-23, a piece from the AUTUMN_WINTER ’983—’984 collection

Stazione Leopolda _Via Fratelli Rosselli 5 _Florence

The exhibition will be open to the public from 20 June to 7 July 2012
From June 20th to July 1st/ 11.00 am – 07.00 pm
From July 4th to 7th/ 12.00 pm – 11 pm
Closed on Monday and Tuesday – Free Entrance


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