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Curator Olivier Saillard at Palazzo Pitti

The Museum of Fashion and Costume at Palazzo Pitti houses the temporary exhibition Effimero della Moda, produced by Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery together with Gallerie degli Uffizi and Palais Galliera. The exhibition is curated by Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera in Paris, author of performances and art projects, curator of the exhibition Balenciaga, oeuvre au noir, which was inaugurated at the Musée Bourdelle.

The peculiarity of the Effimero Museum lies in an unusual conception of both the layout and themes. On display are nearly 200 clothes and accessories, distributed across 18 rooms: selected pieces range from the mid-19th century to the present day, with items that are showcased for the first time – never left out of their boxes for conservation purposes – and others exposed for the last time, before returning them to the archives because they are too fragile to exhibit any longer. The garments that dazzle every room – brought to light thanks to the extraordinary work of restorers at the Gallery of Costume and the Palais Galliera – were created by iconic tailors and fashion studios in Florence, Rome, Milan, Paris and New York.

Contemporary items are equally well represented with a selection of top Gucci, Margiela, Bless, Fendi, Armani, Valentino, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano and Lanvin collections.

The Effimero Fashion Museum – as explained by Olivier Saillard – is an opportunity to reinvent the Costume and Fashion Gallery at Palazzo Pitti. Adorning wooden mannequins and waxes, but also draped on armchairs and chairs, suspended as soft sculptures, lying as sleeping beauties, these very special garments are like shipwrecks of a mysterious, fragile and fallen museum. Within a few months the exhibit will disappear, victim and witness of the passing of time. We hope it will be staged again in another place, among the walls of a museum, in the forgotten spaces of a building. Always asking questions about the fleeting character of fashion, but also about its poetic, nomadic and sublime foundations and mobile boundaries, this museum, which is incessantly redefined, has the potential to become among the most beautiful and revealing on the international scene.