Last weekend I had the chance of visiting the enchanting Italian city of Florence. As I walked down the cobbled streets I stumbled across a sun-soaked building that is the Gucci Museum. The large structure houses a bookstore, as well as, the opulent Gucci café if you fancy a cup of monogramed cappuccino.
Situated in the Piazza Della Signoria, the massive edifice documents and curates 90 years of the brand’s legacy right from its infancy. The staff was welcoming and polite as I embarked on my route to discover Gucci through the years. Inside the museum one can discover a variety of creations from hand-crafted vintage luggage to preserved red-carpet couture, it also displays a collection of aesthetic elements, signature to the brand. It was intriguing to see how the famous ‘Bamboo detailing’ had transformed itself from bag handles to exquisite belt buckles. There is also an entire area dedicated to the ‘Flora’ period that showcases fluid floor length dresses as well as silk scarves that symbolize the brand’s feminine and graceful side. What fascinated me the most was a breathtaking collection of evening gowns that were specially designed for famous Hollywood actresses such as Salma Hayek. Each gown was a perfect combination of glamour and seduction replete with feathers, rhinestones as well as sequined-embroidery.
After the viewing I was ushered into the bookstore with an impressive selection of fashion photography books from the world over.Even though an unplanned visit I definitely experienced a sense of time travel through the luxurious world of Gucci.
By Tanya Mehta