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.
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.
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