Tuesday, January 3

Rodarte at Pitti Collection

These gowns are mesmerizing works of couture art.  I am in awe of their collection when I look at each individual dress and then see the up close detailing on different sections of the dresses.  Click on the images for larger more vivid details.  As for the vision behind the collection, fashionologie explains that:

"Kate and Laura Mulleavy are huge fans of Florence. “We have spent countless hours dreaming of the poetic city, every detail magnified by our own curiosity and imagination,” explains Laura. Fitting then, that they are guest designers at Pitt W in Florence this year. Today, their much anticipated Pre-Spring 2012 presentation of 10 elaborate gowns — detailed with Swarovski crystals, tulle, and feathers —  was unveiled in a disused building in central Florence amongst neon light constructions.Inspired by Fra Angelico’s frescoes, the monks’ cells at the convent of San Marco, and Bernini’s The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, the 10 dresses are also accessorized with a hand-forged gold head-piece, belts and breastplates.  But what will happen to the collection after this stint in Italy? Elle confirms that following Pitti, the dresses will be on permanent display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Find more information about the Palazzo Pitti, once owned by the Medici family, here.

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