Just Cavalli + Alessandro Ciffo
Just Cavalli + Alessandro Ciffo

DALLAS, Apr 18, 2008 / FW/ — Italy’s renowned artist, Alessandro Ciffo collaborates with Roberto Cavalli to create an installation that intertwines art and fashion. The artist’s silicone works will interact with the garments of the Just Cavalli Spring-Summer 2008 collection.

From April 16 – 21, 2008 in Milan, during the Saone del Mobile 2008, Alessandro Ciffo will be exhibiting a selection of his most recent work in the Just Cavalli Boutique, located at Via della Spiga, 30. Complemented by pieces from the Just Cavalli Spring / Summer 2008 collection, the phrase modern art takes a new meaning.

“I was left shocked by the bright colors and modern slant of Alessandro Ciffo’s work,” Roberto Cavalli commented.

“In Just Cavalli fashion, I always try to experiment freely and to design tomorrow’s style today, through contaminations and with a look to the cutting edge and research. This constant search for what is new is the point of contact between Alessandro Ciffo’s work in the world of design and my work in the world of style,” the Florentine designer added.

Known for his use of silicone, which in 1997 he described as an “evil smelly sticky slimy and expensive material perfect to be transformed into something beautiful,” Alessandro Ciffo plunged into world fame with his novel way of using silicone.

Amid self-training and research, based solely on silicone, the potential of which he explored to such an extent as to identify an extensive range of techniques, colorings and pigments, Mr. Ciffo produced paintings, objects (vases, containers, lamps, tables and coffee tables), and installations, moving to and from art and design irrespectively.

Still stirred by the desire to express points of view about the world and experiment with techniques and materials, Alessandro Ciffo comments on his work: “I had to invent everything; silicone was a free field. I could perfect my own language. I was fascinated because it is a modern material, high-tech, elastic, ductile, surprising.”

“I greatly appreciated the interest shown in my work by Roberto Cavalli. I appreciate designers who work close to design without invading it and find the right balance—this is the main reason why I accepted his proposal gladly,” Ciffo added.