The white shirt by Gianfranco Ferre

27/06/2012

white shirt in Gianfranco Ferre Spring/Summer 2006 campaign
Every good designer has a signature item. For Gianfranco Ferre it was the white shirt that he produced in hundreds and hundreds of different designs seeking the naturalness that suited female body. The garments often made of taffeta, organza and silks were light, almost weightless, with the fabric moving around every curve as if caught in the whirl of a gust of wind, accentuating the shoulders and waist, but never taking away the sense of freedom.

Ferre's sketch of the white shirt from the Fall/Winter 1993-1994 collection and Helena Christensen wearing this design
An architect in Ferre desired simplicity, precision of cut and origami inspired forms, while Ferre, the aesthete and romantic, looked for inspiration in Renaissance and often used lavish details as decorative touches.

Gianfranco Ferre white shirts at Fall/Winter 2000, Spring/Summer 1990, Spring/Summer 2006, Spring/Summer 1997, Fall/Winter 2001 & Spring/Summer 1994
In one of his lectures Ferre said that his “blouses in particular, may retain deliberate traces of opulence, large and emphatic volumes, but are always endowed with a lightness that liberates from any sense of encumbrance and constriction.”

On 25 June 2007, just a week after his death, his last ever men’s wear collection show was closed by children dressed in oversized white shirts as a tribute to the designer who always believed in purity and, as he often put it, rational dreams.

Photo source: white shirt in Gianfranco Ferre Spring/Summer 2006 campaign, Ferre's sketch of the white shirt from the Fall/Winter 1993-1994 collection and Helena Christensen wearing this design, Gianfranco Ferre white shirts at Fall/Winter 2000, Spring/Summer 1990, Spring/Summer 2006, Spring/Summer 1997, Fall/Winter 2001 & Spring/Summer 1994 via Gianfranco Ferre: Lessons in Fashion & Fondazione Gianfranco Ferre

10 comments:

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    1. And there will be more to come. :) x

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  2. I had this idea about a blog post about Gianfranco Ferre and the white shirt written down in my notebook. :) Glad to read your beautiful words on this subject. :)

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    1. I had a feeling you would like this one. :)
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  3. Oh, how you ended this post, Little Rus, I think it was a lovely and touching show! I was asking myself if I could wear my short torn jeans with a smart white shirt...hmmm. kisses

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    1. I think you definitely can! It's all about accessories and how you style the shirt itself - wrap around, tuck in, leave lose, pin with something, accentuate with a belt... There are so many ways...

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  4. I love a great looking white shirt or blouse. I didn't know he was an architect. I can definitely see it now in his fashions and use of various fabrics. A true genius!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  5. I love a great looking white shirt or blouse. I didn't know he was an architect! I can truly see it now in his designs and use of various fabrics. Pure genius!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  6. Natalia, Gianfranco was such a favorite of mine, I was devastated when he passed. His white shirt was consumate, and how perfect that I wrote about the white shirt today too! :)

    p.s. I am linking to your previous post on Friday.

    xo Mary Jo

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  7. OMG, this is a great post, and what a lovely shirt. He was a true talent!
    Love your blog, I JUST BECAME YOUR FOLLOWER, COULD not resist, you do a beautiful job!

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