Unrestrained: Renzo Mongiardino in Fashion
The work of the late Italian architect and interior design icon, Renzo Mongiardino, is imbued with a unique complexity. Known for being a master of illusion, Mongiardino curated a room as opposed to dressing it while masterfully layering texture and pattern. He painted walls to make them appear as if they’d been paneled while incorporating trompe-l’oeil landscapes, historic classicism, and Indian and Persian elements. This maximalist take caught the eyes of many from the bold fashion, design and aristocratic sets, thus earning him commissioned interior work by the likes of Gianni Versace, Valentino Garavani, Jil Sander, Lee Radziwill and Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis.
Influenced by the wild, painterly style of this design master, an unrestrained mix of color and pattern sets forth a renaissance of dressing with lush romanticism. Stine Goya has brought this inspiration to her SS19 collection, “A Palazzo”, where Mongiardino’s moody, dramatic aesthetic and propensity for manipulating proportions can be seen in the form of floral wallpaper patterns, draped silhouettes and voluminous sleeves. Each style and print stands out individually, but comes together in a collection like the rooms of a Mongiardino house.