It was a match made in heaven when Gucci's Alessandro Michele collaborated with the legendary Swedish musician Björk last year for the music video of The Gate, the latter's first single from her album Utopia. You may remember Björk's luminescent gown designed by Michele, which famously took 550 hours to make and was just as otherworldly as its wearer. Thanks to a new exhibition at the Gucci Garden in Florence, you can now see that dress — as well as all the other magical costumes and props in the video — up close in all its wonder.
Entitled "Hyperobjects", the exhibition is housed within two newly-opened rooms of the Gucci Garden Galleria that will serve as a platform for Gucci to host special presentations related to different artists and themes. At the centre of this year's installation is Björk's aforementioned "hero" dress, spectacularly constructed of five metres of finely pleated iridescent PVC and 20 metres of pleated lurex organza, crêpe de chine and silk jersey.
The exhibition also showcases another Michele-designed number, namely the dreamy pink gown worn by Björk at the beginning of her music video. An array of accessories from the video is on display as well, including the two orchid-like, alienesque masks made by James Merry that appear on the artist across her album artwork.
Visitors will also get a chance to fully indulge in the unique world of Björk at the Gucci Garden boutique, which features a range of books, magazines and catalogues that are dedicated to the multi-disciplinary artist and available for purchase. While you're at it, why not check out Gucci Garden's new limited edition capsule collection with London-based artist Isabella Cotier?
"Hyperobjects" is now on exhibition at the Gucci Garden Galleria in Florence, open daily from 10am to 11.30pm.