Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Gianfranco Ferre: The white shirt according to me

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me

In a surreal world of fashion losing someone or something you love can be just as unpredictable as coming across a precious gem that may, in some way, cushion the blow caused by the bad news. In March it was announced that Gianfranco Ferre, the brand founded by one of the most incredible fashion designers in 1978, will be closing its doors - a heartbreaking reality of not being a crowd pleaser, but rather a fashion house with a legacy build on the firm believes in elegance, "constant pursuit of innovation" and "unfailing love of tradition".  It was an incredible journey of style, a truly unforgettable one, captured in articles, videos and, of course, the clothes including one of the most simple, but magnificent pieces that Ferre made his hallmark...

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me | Classic Glamour Fall 1990

The white shirt. Inspired by eras and continents, fairy tales and memories, Ferre transformed it from an ordinary classic shirt into an exquisite piece of fashion architecture. Made of silk, satin, poplin, taffeta, organza or cotton, it enhanced the beauty of a female body, moving, pleating, following the lines, twisting, knotting, the blouse kept transforming, changing its geometry and creating an emotional connection.

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me

Founding a book entirely dedicated to Gianfranco Ferre's white shirt was surreal. Over the last few years I have bought every available title written about or by the designer, but The White Shirt According to Me was new to me. I later learnt that the book was a catalogue to accompany an exhibition co-organised by the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation and the Prato Textile Museum, but even on its own, it made it an outstanding and comprehensive guide providing wonderful insights into the work of Ferre and paying homage to his creative genius.

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me | Princesse Spring 2006

It begins with a series of articles discussing the creative vision of the architect of Italian fashion and then moves into the visual part showcasing 27 most iconic designs from 1982 to 2006 through a series of editorial and runway photographs, description of each blouse and collection it belongs to, Ferre's sketches and, what I personally found most fascinating, x-ray images of each shirt that truly capture the architectural structure of the garment and its numerous metamorphoses almost as if the shirt was a living creature and presenting it as an object of art.

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me | Merveilleuse Fall 2003

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me | Merveilleuse Fall 2003

Truly captivating, it makes such a wonderful addition to any fashion library. I found my copy at the V&A shop, but you can pre-order it via amazon.

Gianfranco Ferre: The White Shirt According to Me | Sketch

Photo source: personal, Ferre | Museo Del Tessuto

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  1. Really good inspiration for me


  2. Ferrè was my favorite designer, his perception of elegance is unrivaled!
    It's a reale shame....
    Don't Call Me Fashion Blogger

  3. Wonderful post! The iconic white shirt is a versatile piece that belongs in every wardrobe (IMO). The multiple silhouettes, fabrics, and creative styling make it perfect for just about any ensemble. I recently purchased one from Anthropologie and pair it with a statement necklace from JCrew... it's one of my favourite pieces of the summer. I will definitely be looking for the book on Amazon. Thank you for sharing!

  4. les photos sont magnifiques, on voit que là c'est de l'art

  5. Такая нежная воздушная блуза! Красота <3

    xoxo Iren

  6. thank you very much for visiting me, would you like to follow each other? ;)

  7. Okay, I need this book. The pictures are gorgeous, and the book sounds so interesting!

  8. Thank you for writing this very informative blog on something as simple and humble as a white shirt that has been elevated to something of architectural and sculptural beauty. The incredible shirt shown in the second photograph from the top is truly a work of art.

  9. Белая блуза-источник вдохновения художника....
    Восторг и наслаждение,Наташкнька!!!
    Такую книгу просто необходимо преобрести в свою библиотеку:)

  10. Your posts on the history of fashion are always utterly charming!
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

  11. I can imagine that you are really happy that you got this book as it indeed looks like a treasure!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    International giveaway: Unpardonable fault and compensation

  12. Seems like an amazing series. Would love to see more!

    Corinne x

  13. WOW. Just wow. This book looks absolutely amazing. It's crazy to think that something so simple can be completely complex and that a designer with an artistic vision can not only make it his own, but reinvent it time after time. It's indeed sad to know that the house has closed its doors, but it's a consolation to think of the rich legacy Ferre will leave behind. Great post.

    xx Hélène

  14. Ferrè was a great Italian designer who reinvented the white shirt for women and created wonderful sketches. This catalog from Skira should be very interesting :)


  15. I am so impressed with this incredible, fanciful, and inspired pieces of beautiful clothing. It is so rare to see clothing crafted in this manner nowadays. I am so pleased that you showed these incredible works to us and am a true admirer of his work. Kisses to you!. ,,http://mydailycostume.com

  16. The images from this book look absolutely stunning. As a true appreciator of all things white shirt, I think I need to get a copy for myself.

  17. That looks really fascinating!

  18. Love the white shirt. These images are certainly inspiring and they leave you yearning for more. Very interesting!
    XO, Gina

  19. sounds very interesting and what stunning images. wow!!!

  20. So sad that their doors had to close! What lovely designs. An X-ray of designer wear! That is so awesome! Labor of love!

  21. It really looks like a beautiful book and what lovely timing give the closing of the GF house...


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