The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré
Phoenix Art Museum, Steele Gallery
1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Through March 6, 2016
Gianfranco Ferré, the “architect of fashion,” probably loved white as much as Le Corbusier did, but thankfully that’s where the comparisons between the Italian fashion designer and modernist pioneer end.
Canone Inverso, F/W 1986, prêt á porter, look 5. Material: triple silk organza. (Courtesy Luca Stoppini)
The White Shirt According to Me. Gianfranco Ferré exhibits 27 white shirts that defined Ferré’s career spanning from 1982–2006. After obsessing over the medium throughout his life, and considering it as the ultimate expression of form, communication ideologies, beauty, and emotion, Ferré’s deviations on the subject are well chronicled.
That’s not to say there will just be fabric on display. In fact, a multiplicity of media has been used to illustrate the seemingly never-ending iterative processes Ferré employed to discover new forms of the white shirt. Sketches, technical drawings, photography, and film convey these techniques and ideas that have been used to create his well-established “hallmark of style.”