Nymphenburg Commedia Dell’Arte 2008 Couture Edition

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16 fashion designers are dressing up the Commedia Dell’Arte figurines (originally costumed by Franz Anton Bustelli in 1760).

The 16 designs issued in a limited edition of 25 celebrate Nymphenburg’s 260th anniversary represent eight pairs of characters from the Commedia Dell’Arte, an improvised comedy from the 16th century. There will also be a collector’s book joining the figurines with more than 1000 photos and an essay signed by a very famous art critic (Dr. Ronald Jones) decrypting the cultural and aesthetic significance behind this Commedia Dell’Arte 2008 Couture Edition. (you can find more pictures after the jump)

Nymphenburg Commedia Dell Arte Couture Edition Christian Lacroix Julia and Vivienne Westwood Mezzetino

I find myself ever fascinated with this artisan work. Not only because I’m a two left handed person at times but also because it’s incredible how such delicate things come out from human hands in present times. However admiring such work doesn’t mean I also own or would like to own similar pieces. Do you? Would you buy figurines like that? Why?

Nymphenburg Commedia Dell Arte Couture Edition Gareth Pugh Capitano Spavento and Gustavo Lins Dottore and Viktor and Rolf Colombine
(via dezeen)


#1 Dame Edna on 07.23.08 at 12:40 am

Great idea and gorgeous figurines!I love Westwood’s camp Mezzetino and Pugh’s Sparento a la Leigh Bowery.I do own similar figurines from Granny’s kitch collection but I don’t think I’d buy these.Unless they were affordable and for a worthy cause.Well…maybe.

#2 kpriss on 07.31.08 at 2:13 am

I liked Gareth Pugh’s Capitano very much. Very graphical, kinda the opposite of a classic figurine print. Stick to Granny’s kitch , never know when it’s going to grow into collector’s item and make you a fortune ;)

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