From 21 April to 10 June 2018 the Bijou Museum of Casalmaggiore (Cremona) is hosting “Full Colour! Ken Scott’s blossoming universe between Fashion and Jewels”, the exhibition curated by Bianca Cappello and Samuele Magri.
“A Tutto Colore! L’Universo fiorito di Ken Scott tra Moda e Gioiello” is the first exhibition that relates by means of jewels the explosive and fascinating world of fantasy and colours of George Kenneth Scott, better known as Ken Scott.
The event will take place at the Museo del Bijou di Casalmaggiore (Bijou Museum of Casalmaggiore) – Cremona – from 21 April to 10 June 2018.
The exhibition is curated by Bianca Cappello and Samuele Magri
Over 300 objects exhibited: a selection of dazzling and colourful jewels framed by textiles, foulards and combined garments transport visitors into the “Blossoming Universe” and “Soul Spring” of Ken Scott.
The event is organized in collaboration with Fondazione Ken Scott di Milano and is curated by Bianca Cappello (historian of the Art of Jewels and Fashion) and Samuele Magri (historian of Art and Fashion, professor at IED Milan).
For the first time in history, the big audience is introduced to a splendid and inedited selection of couture creations designed, among others, by Coppola and Toppo, Luciana De Reutern and Angela Caputi for the shows of the renowned American stylist who was fond of Italy and who had been adopted by the city of Milan in the 1950s.
Next to garments lay the big and colourful jewels meant to integrate and compete with the audacious and amusing prints of Ken Scott’s clothes.
Ken Scott, the maestro of flower print
“Maestro of Flower Print” or “Fashion gardener”, so was Ken Scott often defined by intellectuals and great international jet-set representatives.
Thanks to his extroverted and polyhedral personality, Ken Scott was an artist, stylist and creative genius who defined the textiles and made-in-Italy of the 1960s and 1970s.
His clothes were worn by the most beautiful women in the world and their value was enhanced by big-sized and incredibly colourful jewels, drawing from the great names of the Italian jewellery of those years: the enterprise from Milan Coppola and Toppo, Roman Countess and designer Luciana De Reutern, and the Florence bijoux acrylic and resin master Angela Caputi.
George Kenneth Scott and his Foundation
Born in America in 1919, George Kenneth Scott – better known as Ken Scott – showed passion for painting at a very young age.
He was discovered by Peggy Guggenheim in 1944 and moved to France two years later, where he began to design textiles that were highly appreciated by Christian Dior.
In 1955 he arrived in Milan, and founded, together with Vittorio Fiorazzo, the Falconetto company, dedicated to the production of furnishing fabrics characterized by intense colours, unlike the fashion of the time.
In 1962, he debuted in the creation of fashion lines splashed with an incredible explosion of flowers and colours printed on textiles. The most stylish women of the time understood its elegance: one for all, Audrey Hepburn.
His shows, full of inspiration of all kind, are spectacular events where the stylist can also be presented under the vest of some circus tamer or wear clothes decorated with culinary-theme prints.
Our eccentric genius passed away in 1991 and his inheritance was brought forth by the homonymous Foundation, whose mission is to preserve, protect and spread the artistic and cultural heritage of George Kenneth Scott, as the result of more than half a century of creative activities.
by Chiara Marseglia