The majestic Palace of Venaria, near Turin, hosts, until September 3, “JUNGLE. The Animal Imagery in Fashion”, an exhibition that traces the evolution of animalier and zoomorphism through the different symbolic elaborations devised by fashion designers of all times. JUNGLE explores all the different ways in which animal coats and shapes have been interpreted by fashion – from the perfect pattern imitation to the modifications of forms and colors – celebrating the animal world and exalting the animal nature of the fashion world.
An entire floor of the once royal residence has been colonized by one hundred fashion creations and accessories that are bound to please both anthropologists and fashion lovers. Spotted, zebra, sharp-eyed design of butterfly wings give life to iconic outfits by Ferrè, Dior, Cavalli – who turned the urban jungle style into an indispensable one -, Dries Van Noten, and Stella McCartney.
The exhibition is the brainchild of Ludovica Gallo Orsi that developed it through the collaboration with Simona Segre Reinach, anthropologist and professor of Fashion Studies in Bologna.
Simona Segre explains that although ‘animalier’ is a French term – because French was the first official language of fashion -, today both ‘animalier’ and ‘animal print’ seem to be reductive terms to describe the many ways in which both historical maisons and ready-to-wear fashion designers allude, represent, invent and transfigure animals coats and shapes in an anarchic and discontinuous way.
Ilona Catani Scarlett