La Venaria Reale, the Turin-based cultural complex in Northern Italy, is hosting a summer exhibition entitled ‘Jungle. The Animal Imagery in Fashion‘, exploring the use of animal print and form in fashion design.
The exhibition features bust forms from Bonaveri’s Haute Couture Collection, Schläppi 2200 mannequins and Bonaveri female and male bust forms with pelvis.
The forms of the Schläppi 2200 collection blend easily with the aesthetic demanded for such a show. The symbiotic relationship between the forms and garments were crucial for the show’s curators: 'Metamorphosis will be a central theme of the exhibition owing to its major relevance in a world in which human beings can construct their identity regardless of the limits set by nature,' says Simona Segre, creator of the exhibition.
This is a celebration of the inspiration drawn from the animal world. Of course, there is a more menacing aspect to the relationship between fashion and wildlife, however this exhibition highlights a more positive symbiosis; a drawing together of man and beast. More than 100 garments and accessories are included in the exhibition, demonstrating how man has learned to imitate his fellow beings. The exhibition includes examples of print design, material technique and zoomorphic representations that deliver a unique insight into our fascination with the wilder world.