Suspended between tradition and future, fashion by its very essence builds styles destined to make epoch and elevates customs to the history of costume. This is why it approaches art, committed to creating ever-innovative suggestions. Precisely in order to enhance this bond, seven fashion trade fairs – DaTe, MICAM, Mipel, The One, Lineapelle, HOMI and Simac Tanning Tech – decided to tell their stories in the event "l'Arte di Fare Moda," through some of the most significant works exhibited in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan. The tale made it possible to discover the value of fashion over the centuries, in a game of cross-references between the fair events and some of the works exhibited in the Milanese Pinacoteca.
Thus, for example, one went to discover the genius of Leonardo with one of his projects dedicated to a textile machinery, which was juxtaposed with the technologies presented at Simac Tanning Tech. But we also found ourselves in the presence of Napoleon, for whom unique boots were designed, of which guests were able to discover the designs, but also to "touch with their own hands" a pair of leather gloves that belonged to the Emperor and are now preserved in the Pinacoteca. The design of the boots, created by Anselmo Ronchetti, was thus brought back to the culture of footwear present at MICAM, while the buckskin gloves were associated with the world of Lineapelle.
And, again: the Portrait of Paolo Morigia, created by Fede Galizia, holds in his hand, almost handing them to the viewer, a pair of glasses that expand the painting by reflecting the scene and that are recalled to the universe of DaTE. While in the biblical episode of Judith and Holofernes, a Caravaggesque light illuminates the courageous protagonist of G. Vermiglio's painting, made even more resplendent by the jewelry she wears, jewelry that is the protagonist of the HOMI Fashion&Jewels exhibition.
Also characterizing men's fashion, always present in all eras alongside women's, is Giovan Battista Moroni's portrait of Michel de L'Hospital, which stands out for the preciousness of the cape worn, entirely doubled in ermine fur, and underneath a jacket made of multiple layers of overlapping fabrics. An example that represents the roots of the multi-layered jackets presented in almost all of The One Milano's collections, poised between athleisure and comfort.
Finally, a sumptuous altarpiece, Bergognone's "Sacra Conversazione," with the Virgin and Child seated on a throne at the center of the composition, surrounded by St. Epiphanius, bishop of Pavia, and the saints Luminosa, Liberata, and Speciosa, distinguished by a lily and a small fabric handbag. These purses appear as an extension of their person, a precious accessory that holds the most intimate and private things of the women depicted. A unique legacy that still guides and inspires the companies present at each edition at Mipel.