by Stephen Garner

On the opening day of the 92nd edition of Pitti Uomo, The Ephemeral Museum of Fashion will debut a new exhibition at Florence’s Palazzo Pitti. Produced by the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery in collaboration with the Gallerie degli Uffizi and the Palais Galliera, the exhibit will explore significant periods throughout fashion in the 18th and 19th centuries as well as some more contemporary pieces.

The exhibition is the second edition in a three-year program promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana and the Gallerie degli Uffizi and is curated by Olivier Saillard. It will be open from June 14 until October 22.

The 19th and 20th century works selected for the exhibition recount moments in the history of fashion and costume; the contemporary pieces are also amply narrated with recent acquisitions by the Palais Galliera, presented for the first time in Florence, and with several pieces from the Palazzo Pitti collection.

“We are pleased to announce this new project centering on the culture of fashion,” says Andrea Cavicchi, president of the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery and of the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana (CFMI). “This is the fruit of collaboration among the foundation and two of the world’s foremost museums. An event that is important not only for Florence, in its effort to fortify its position at the crossroads of international fashion, but for our country’s fashion system as a whole. It was, in fact, made possible by the extraordinary contributions of the Ministry for Economic Development and of Agenzia Ice – and, of course, the support offered by the Ministry of Culture, an enthusiastic project participant since its inception.”

“For the third time in twelve months,” added Eike Schmidt, director of the Gallerie degli Uffizi, “Palazzo Pitti is hosting an exhibition that investigates the mechanisms of fashion and reflects on its broader implications. It is a doubly important event – The Ephemeral Museum is a sterling occasion to delve into the archives to offer visitors a new perspective on the collections and the spaces of the Galleria del Costume e della Moda as it completes its process of evolution toward becoming the new Museo della Moda di Palazzo Pitti. For this I thank the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery and the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana.”