A.I. Rome Inspiration

by Maria Rossi

photography Aryanà Francesca Urbani

31 July 2014

The Giacomo Guidi Gallerya new contemporary art space in Trastevere located between the Botanical Gardens and the Tevere riverhas been home to the exclusive "A.I. Rome Inspirations" exhibition, presented on the occasion of the AltaRoma AltaModa shows.

Starting from the concept of Artisanal Intelligencestylized in the pointed letters of the titlethe exhibition is a figurative intersection of artists, painters, film directors, fashion designers, artisans and tailors. They are brought together in an all-inclusive space recalling the artistic milieu of Rome some decades ago.

Here, the voices of accomplished artists Jannis Kounellis, Matteo Montani, Nahum Tevet and Hidetoshi Nagasawa mix and mingle with the energy of young designers.

As one of Rome's most impressive inspirations, the long lasting relationship with cinema and international directors is represented through the display of archival pieces from Sartoria Farani and Annamode Costumes ateliers, which have contributed, partly unaware, to the making of the history of italian costume and fashion. 

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Above: Visual chronicles of Sixties costume and fashion in Rometo the making of divas like Monica Vitti and Lucia Bosècoming from the Annamode Costumes archive.

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Above: Shoemaker Albanese exclusive clients included Liz Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Lauren Bacall. His original creations are displayed with vintage photographs and newspaper clippings, from the Maison's archive.

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On the left: These finely embroidered gowns were designed by Piero Tosi for the 1974 movie The Night Porter, directed by Liliana Cavani. They were created by the Roman Haute Couture atelier Annamode, created in 1946 by the Allegri sisters, who established a close relationship with cinema and theater, which has lasted until today, with the costumes of the Italian Oscar winning film The Great BeautyOn the right: This precious evening gown was worn by Helen Hunt in the 2004 movie A Good Woman. It's designed by John Bloomfield and manufactured by Annamode Costumes.

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On the left: Creations by designer Arthur Arbesser. On the right: A detail of a velvet patchwork cape coming from Sartoria Farani's archive.

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On the left: The hand-sewn African cloth by Cascàmi is adorned with a stylized blueprint of Saint Peter's Square, and is displayed next to the artwork by Jannis Kounellis. On the right: Artisan and designer Alessandro di Cola molds anodized aluminum and metal for his Shootingbag 1981 accessories line.

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On the left: A sober palette is illuminated by colorful details in the knitwear collection designed by Mario Caruana. On the right: Creations by the design duo Bradaric-Ohmae are shown next to Eugenio Giliberti's paintings. The connection between the designers' creations and their artistic inspirations is represented quite directly through their physical proximity.

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On the left: Sartoria Farani opens this exhibition with archival costumes from their long collaboration with director Pier Paolo Pasolini and costume designer Danilo Donati, and  through their latest work on the movie Le Meraviglie, directed by Alice Rohrwacher. On the right: A pop creation by Giannico.

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The exhibition has taken place in the new Giacomo Guidi Gallery, officially opening in September 2014 in Largo Cristina di Svezia 17, Rome.

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