And since Venice is a city of art, the place seems the most suitable for Pierpaolo Piccioli who has chosen it to present his Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021 collection for Valentino.
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“Venice was part of the vision I had had from the beginning: it was the only place in the world in which to present such a collection, and moreover it is a context in which nothing is added or taken away: the light and power of Venice they are the perfect setting in which to immerse my work”, explains Piccioli.
Taking place at Gaggiandre, the former Venetian Arsenal ship building yard built between 1568 and 1573, the collection, entitled “Valentino Des Ateliers”, paid homage to the city of Venice, Piccioli’s favorite city, in other words to art as a kind of osmosis between him and the artistic system.
Starting from the principle that “Painting is to art as haute couture is to fashion”, the Roman fashion designer collaborated with seventeen contemporary artists including Joel S. Allen, Anastasia Bay, Benni Bosetto, Katrin Bremermann, Guglielmo Castelli, Maurizio Cilli, Danilo Correale, Luca Coser, Jamie Nares, Francis Offman, Andrea Respino, Wu Rui, Sofia Silva, Alessandro Teoldi, Patricia Treib, and Malte Zenses to create this collection which he described as “a celebration of creators”.
For example, a beautiful gray suit crossed and tied at the waist with a fabric cord of the same color and a sleeveless gown were adorned with a print of hands “looking for privacy at a time when you really can’t touch anything” , said Piccioli, referring to a work by artist Alessandro Teoldi.
Case in point, a painting by Andrea Respino inspired a stunning intarsia coat made of 150 different swatches of fabrics, from satin to taffeta, laminated and sequined; or an opera coat like crumpled paper in white and the blue-gray of storm clouds amassing on the horizon, worn with a pale blue slip of a gown.
“Fashion is not ‘art’, because the latter is sufficient in itself while the former always has a purpose, a function, a use. Recognizing the differences is the first step to instructing mutual listening, made up of curiosity, enthusiasm, and respect. This listening needs time, just like Haute Couture and ultimately also like art. In fact, the maturation of the project was slow, a rhythm perhaps unusual for our world but just and intimate for the world that I would like to”, stated Pierpaolo Piccioli.
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