Gherardini, the historic Florentine bagmaker, has turned to a mighty ancestor for its relaunch — the Mona Lisa.
According to Giorgio Vasari, the renowned contemporary scholar of Renaissance art, the legendary lady portrayed by Leonardo da Vinci was a member of the Gherardini family. So last year when bag manufacturer Braccialini acquired 42-year-old Gherardini, it decided to exploit the family’s lineage with a project called Re-Thinking Mona Lisa, held during Pitti Woman in June.
Gherardini commissioned contemporary artists from all over the world to reinterpret da Vinci’s iconic painting. The panels were then scanned and the designs printed onto limited edition bags, which will be on sale in namesake boutiques in Rome, Milan and Florence in February.
For spring 2009, Gherardini also revisits the Bellona bag, its most iconic piece. The bag is available in traditional designs and materials such as calfskin and crocodile, alongside more modern versions made from materials such as eel skin and transparent plastic with gold trimmings. Retail prices start at $640.
Three Bellona bags, one of which is designed by Italian artist Giacomo Piussi, have also been commissioned as one-off pieces, which were auctioned on eBay in December.
The proceeds from the auction and the sales of the Re-Thinking Mona Lisa bags will go toward the restoration of the Museo del Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast