GARDEN GROWS: “I like to see mysterious relationships develop,” said curator Maria Luisa Frisa at a preview on Tuesday of a new exhibition at the Gucci Garden Galleria in the Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence, geared at illustrating the evolution of Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele’s universe in relationship to the archives as he weaves narratives and mythologies by combining and juxtaposing his personal memories and those of the House.
Prior to the tour, guests were given a walk-through of Florence’s Boboli Gardens to take in the progress of a major restoration plan being financed by Gucci in collaboration with the Uffizi Gallery and the city of Florence.
Emblazoning the main wall of the opening room of the new exhibition at Gucci Garden, meanwhile, is a decor by Japanese artist Yuko Higuchi depicting a large, fantastical creature incorporating a number of Gucci codes, like the green-red-green web stripe ribbon, Kingsnake and Tiger.
The artwork by Yuko Higuchi.
On display in the space are interpretations of what Frisa described as “one of the most charismatic motifs in the history of fashion” — the interlocking G. Items range from a 1969 dress in an original GG fabric and leather inserts to a chocolate velvet devoré suit