On the occasion of Pitti Uomo no. 94 taking place in Florence from the 12th till the 15th of June, 2018, the new exhibition “EVOLUTION – INVOLUTION – REVOLUTION: Three Decades of Men’s Fashion as Seen by Stefano Pilati” will be inaugurated at Palazzo Pitti. The exhibit is produced by the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery in cooperation with Palazzo Pitti’s Museo della Moda e del Costume.
The creator and curator of the project (exhibition and catalog) is Stefano Pilati, one of the great designers of international fashion. “EVOLUTION – INVOLUTION – REVOLUTION” is thus a personal reflection on contemporary fashion via a unique artistic approach. It is neither an anthological pathway nor an academic interpretation. It is based on first-hand experience, passing through flashbacks, impressions, collaborations and rejections. Its aim is to immerse the visitor in the multifaceted reality of men’s fashion of the last three decades, depicting its dialectical relationship with a constantly evolving social context.
“For this project on men’s fashion, a theme that has long been overlooked in Italian and international cultural circles, we thought of Stefano Pilati because he was and is one of the leading protagonists in this sphere,” says Lapo Cianchi, Secretary General of Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery. “But perhaps most importantly, he interested us and we found his concept of the fashion system to be fascinating – it is eccentric, conflicting and almost cynical. It’s a precise point of view where the obsessions and reflections of a collector merge with those of a designer and an individual who believes in dressing well.