When Princess Grace of Monaco visited Gucci’s Via Monte Napolene store with Prince Rainer in 1966, Rodolfo Gucci commissioned artist Vittorio Accornero to create a special floral pattern on an original silk scarf just for her. And the rest you could say is history.
The result was a gorgeous illustration featuring 43 varieties of flowers, plants and insects that has since undergone multiple interpretations and has been featured on several accessories and ready-to-wear items. Today, it is one of Gucci’s most timeless and storied motifs.
The two-day only exhibition at the ArtScience Museum displayed a curated selection of archival pieces from Florence’s Gucci Museo, including original flora scarves, drawings from Accornero dating back to the late 1960s, women’s ready-to-wear pieces including dresses, blouses and gowns, handbags, and unique porcelain items, all carrying the iconic flora print.
To be frank, I only expected flora prints but what greeted us upon entry to the exhibition was a few couture gowns wore by celebrities on the red carpet. What a nice surprise! This is a very small exhibition compared to Valentino Retrospective which I attended a few years back but I’m really thankful that photos are allowed this time.
This champagne charmeause column gown with cut out sleeves is truly spectacular. It was wore by French actress Lea Seydoux at Cannes Film Festival premiere of “Il Gattopardo”.
The gown’s bodice is encrusted with silver and gold metallic beading.
From this photo, I believe the individual embellishments were hand stitched onto the completed outfit.
Next up, a simple and elegant navy blue gown which was wore by Argentinian/French actress Bérénice Bejo at Golden Globes 2012. This is a masterpiece and my favorite piece on display at the couture section.
Look at all that details at the waist! I am totally in awe at this point but wait…
just how magnificent are those pleats and godets?
Salma Hayek wore this embellished champagne gown at the opening of Cannes Film Festival two years ago.Photo source (www.justjared.com)
The gown is breath-taking…
with the beaded section merging seamlessly with the pleats. My jaw dropped.
This sexy purple pleated gown is gorgeous! Aishwarya Rai walked down the Cannes Film Festival red carpet in this beauty in 2010. I adore the low back but unfortunately didn’t get to see the back of the gown at the exhibition.
The iconic flora came in full bloom at the second section of the exhibition.
The colors of spring in full display on the white background of this fabric. Very pretty.
What a beautiful vintage housecoat this makes!
And I couldn’t take my eyes off this pleated cape blouse.
Here’s a dress in the black colorway. Very elegant.
I am so in love with this porcelain like combination of blue and white. I heart this flora trench!!!
I’ve always loved border print and this is no exception. The design is so 40s too. And where can I get a dress form wrapped in that beautiful fabric?