GIGLI’S TRIBUTE: Romeo Gigli was recognized on Wednesday in Milan by the prestigious Brera Academy of Fine Arts, which awarded the designer the honoris causa degree in communication and art education. Gigli also received the title of honorary member of the institution.
“Romeo Gigli, who has made culture, books, travel and kindness his own style, understands that many secrets challenge us and are hidden in mythical stories.… Gigli’s language has turned into clothes who wanted to reveal the most hidden secret: that of poetry.” said the academy, which highlighted not only Gigli’s contribution as a designer of high fashion, but also his “ability to use the spiritual activity that created the myths”, creating a “mythological vision of reality”. . The academy also highlighted the designer’s “tireless search [and] his ability to transform light and history into fabrics, clothes and accessories”, his “great contribution to the enhancement of Italian culture” and the way in which the designer “infused his passion for beauty, story and journey in his work”.
The designer was born in 1949 in Castel Bolognese, near Ravenna, into a family of antiquarian book sellers and studied architecture at university. Gigli launched his own label in 1983 and designed looks with architectural forms combined with romantic, Renaissance, punk and ethnic inspired touches that were powerfully influential in the 80s. The label underwent several changes of ownership, starting with a bitter dispute in the early 90s with former partners Carla Sozzani and Donato Maino. Gigli was left empty-handed after defunct IT Holding, which owned the designer’s eponymous brand, sold the Gigli business, in a messy deal that involved splitting the business and licensing the brand, to the Luxembourg company Euroholding. , Italian real estate company Immobiliare Esse and Mood Srl. This led to the designer being pushed out of fashion in 2004 and his brand was produced without his creative input. For fall 2009, Gigli launched the short-lived line Io Ipse Idem, which was closed after backers pulled the plug, followed in 2010 by the XII XII XLIX by Romeo Gigli – numbers represent its date of birth on December 12, 1949 — in partnership with Fuzzi, which was also a short-lived project. In 2012, Gigli made a comeback in collaboration with influential retailer Joyce. In February last year, Gigli presented a collection designed for the Italian brand Eggs.
Other honorary members of the academy range from Giuseppe Garibaldi and Giuseppe Verdi to Dario Fo, Giorgio Strehler and Antonio Marras to name a few.