Splendour of the Medici
The Medici collection is the result of a slightly crazy dream that recreates in paper some of the gowns of the era of the Medici family. This collection, a real illustration of the fashion of the Florentine Renaissance, is a stroke of genius in terms of skill and savvy. Isabelle studied the paintings of the Renaissance in meticulous detail. Dazzled by the chapel of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi painted by Gozzoli, she was inspired to create the costumes of John VIII Palaeologus and Lorenzo the Magnificent. Similarly, the extraordinary painting of Eleanor of Toledo by Bronzino influenced her in the design of one of her most beautiful gowns. Among all these figures, the famous Flora, Sandro Botticelli’s allegorical figure of springtime, also stood out with her extreme lightness. Isabelle dreamed of bringing out of their pictorial framework all of these famous figures covered with the most sumptuous fabrics brocades, velvets, silks, golden and silver embroidery – some in pearl – and or creating them in 3 dimensions to let the visitor rediscover a past long gone. Magic, beauty and refinement set the tone for this unique exhibition. In April 2008, Isabelle had the opportunity to exhibit this collection at the Medici Riccardi Palace in Florence, the very place where this incredible family once ruled.