"In the backyard of the [Royal Academy of Fine Arts] school was this little building, on the verge of collapsing. You would have to very carefully go over the stairs, because if you took one mis-step, you could literally push your feet through them. It was almost dangerous. So I think that the whole thing melted well together. It was the switch from the 80s to 90s, the reaction on excess with minimalism and deconstruction, the first appearance of grunge. So that feeling of romanticism, together with the history, the building and the run down corridors with the statues, it really did make a big impact on how you formed your visual language. I really think there was something quite dark and magical about it, matching perfectly the zeitgeist of the period."
This exhibition was shown in an old railway station, the Stazione Leopolda. The curator Terry Jones selected 22 designers representing Fashion’s avant garde to contribute their talents to a vision of fashion’s relationship with film.
The Leopolda was divided into zones representing the four elements - earth, wind, water and fire. Each designer was asked to choose the element they feel personally closest to. It was a laboratory where new things could be tried. The boundaries - the central theme of fashion and cinema combined with the internal structure of the elements - have been boundaries that each designer has both worked with and expanded.
scan from photo magazine, edizione italia
“le visioni di vincent peters”, biennale di firenze (1998)