I never say no to any opportunity to visit Italy – as soon as I received the invitation to see the exhibition of Depero – one of Italian leaders of Futurism I was ready to go.
My art has been inspired a lot in the past by Constructivism and Futurism, but Depero’s name appeared new to me. After briefly familiarizing with his iconic works I knew it would be an inspiring trip – both for my art, as well as for fashion sense – as the use of colour that Depero used and how geometrically played with is truly inspiring and remains very modern in today’s aesthetics.
I wanted to wear something bold and graphic to match the theme of the exhibition, but also glamorous to keep my inner Italian chic sparkle. Therefore the jumpsuit sewn with a lot of detailed embroidery felt like a perfect choice for the occasion – the blend of avant-garde with a strong feminine touch.
Upon arrival you are greeted by unusual hosts – graphic characters from Depero’s artwork in the garden!
Who’s more graphic?
The exhibition is held at Fondazione Magnani Rocca and it’s located in the midst of the beautiful region of Parma. Surrounded by the spacious fields with the distant sight of the hills, the palace shines in the early spring sunlight and made me feel of being invited to an intimate private view held for true art connoisseurs.
The exhibition was a fantastic retrospective on Depero’s evolution in futurism as an artist. I was truly impressed by the perfection and cleanliness of his cuts and lines in graphic works and very adventurous use of colour and geometry. I admit, that as much as I am familiar with futurism, I think it was Depero where I have seen most vibrant and almost ‘pop’ use of colour, which made a lot of his designs timeless and still modern.
It would be hard for me to select which artwork was my favorite, as the exhibition was very diverse across the decades of the artist’s work. However, my eyes were naturally most drawn to later work of Depero, which included his famous covers for Vogue and Vanity Fair. I truly enjoyed seeing his commercial work influenced by the architecture of New York, which is also one of my beloved timeless inspirations.
And what would be an italian celebration without a party? Especially where you find out some art trivia like the bottle of Campari has been designed by Depero himself. That was followed by some Italian Parm ham (would be a sin not to eat while in Parma region, despite I stick to vegetarian diet), cheese and tortellinis!
Grazie Depero and Kreativehouse for as usual beautiful, lasting memories!
Depero Il Mago – Fondazione Magnani Rocca
What I Wore:
Jumpsuit: Miss Selfridge Premium Collection
Shoes: Kurt Geiger