Written by Ian Thompson | 11 July 2017
Bonaveri has supplied Schläppi 2200 female and 3000 male mannequins to Dolce & Gabbana for an exhibition in Los Angeles entitled ART: “The Sicilian Cart: History in Movement”
The exhibition, in part supported by Dolce & Gabbana, is a collaboration between The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and the MUSCÀ Museum and explores the Sicilian ‘Carretti’ as a vehicle for transport and a means of communication. The Carretti is a horse or donkey-drawn cart native to Sicily and a symbol of the islands unique folk iconography. Included in a typical cart’s embellishment are records of the island’s historical events, literary works and religious symbols that tell a story to what was once an illiterate population.
Dolce & Gabbana are very closely linked to the Sicilian tradition and use many of the island’s motifs and symbols within their own work. The garments on display are interpretations of this artistic tradition and are displayed using the Schlaäppi male and female mannequins. This dedicated section illustrates the crossover from traditional art form to use within modern luxury fashion.
Also on display are 2 original Caretti, Sicilian artworks, sculpture and everyday objects adorned in the island’s creative symbolism.
The exhibition opens on the 30th of June and is on until the 7th of January 2018.
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
644 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012