Ferragamo | Celebrating A Cultural Icon

Introducing Their Newest Exhibit, Salvatore Ferragamo 1898-1960

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Mariam Bagdady

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There is art in fashion and a fashioning of intimacy in art, ideals that aren't mutually exclusive but rather cultivate an interconnectedness with one another; and in retrospect to fashion house Ferragamo, the beauty that lies within these woven textiles has been acknowledged in his work for decades. Celebrating his extraordinary life and creative vision, the Ferragamo Museum in Florence presents their newest exhibit Salvatore Ferragamo 1898-1960. Serving as a commemoration of his pioneering spirit, iconic creations, and a salute to the 100th anniversary of the Ferragamo store in Hollywood, the exhibit highlights a craftsman so unparalleled in his creativity that he continues to inspire the fashion world of today. 

Sophia Loren and Salvatore Ferragamo at the Open Gate Club in Roma, February 28, 1955

A cultural inspiration and a trailblazer in his craft, the display features a collection of documents, artwork, photographs, videos, and creations that attest to the illustrious Shoemaker of Dreams’ fierce spirit and commitment to cultivating an ongoing dialogue between art and modernity. The exhibition dives deep into the mind of Ferragamo, observing how his boundless passion imbued itself into the various shapes and materials of his designs.

As you enter the exhibit, you are welcomed to Ferragamo’s storyline–each segment of his life showcased in different sections. As you begin with his birth in Bonito, Italy, you are then taken on a journey through Hollywood, his inspirations, balance, architecture, patents, renaissance, color creativity, and his infamous collection of shoes. The exhibit is a testimony to his artistic research and dedication, and the timeline honors the significant contributions he’s made to the industry. Salvatore Ferragamo 1898-1960 is currently on display until November 4, 2023. 

Salvatore Ferragamo among his craftsmen in the workshop at palazzo Spini Feroni, 1939
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