Gianfranco Ferré: Under Another Light, Jewels and Ornaments


Skira Editore have published a fantastic book to coincide with the recent exhibition presented at Palazzo Madama in Turin, Italy, which closed on 19th February 2018.

Gianfranco Ferré: Under Another Light,Jewels and Ornaments a richly-illustrated catalogue by authors Rita Airaghi, Director of the Fondazione Ferré and Luca Stoppini, art director of Vogue Italia, explores the art and craft of legendary Italian designer Gianfranco Ferré (1944–2007) through the jewellery he created between 1980 and 2007.

“Intended as a decorative element of clothing, ‘my’ jewellery becomes a tool for interpretation, for a subjective and individual reading of the garment. If clothing is an object then jewellery is the expression of ‘how it’s worn.’” Ferré said.

The exhibition hosted in the impressive Hall of the Senate of Palazzo Madama and conceived by architect Franco Raggi, featured 200 pieces which spanned the career of the most-celebrated Italian fashion designer.

Francesca Alfano Miglietti, Curator of the exhibition added “For Ferré the ornament is not the ‘lesser child’ of a precious jewel, but a concept of eternity that must represent the immanence of the present.”

Amid the diversity of objects presented in this volume, synergies between bijoux and haute-couture emerge, which Ferré always considered intertwined. This often-neglected aspect of the Italian genius’ creative gesture was often left-side, until now, with this beautiful book.


8_A_I 2001-02

9_Bracciale legno PE 93

10_Bracciale pappagallo PE 93

11_Collana molla PE 97

12_Collana ricciolo AI 85-86

Images: Copyright Gianfranco Ferré.