Fondazione Lisio’s creations for haute couture, where experimentation with ancient hand-production techniques unites with selection of unusual materials and contemporary design motifs, run parallel to those researched for reconstructions of historic ambiences and costumes, where technical planning and design supported by historical research are fundamental.
Brocades for Dolce&Gabbana
Among its stars, the Dolce&Gabbana team of artisans counts Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio with brocades personally selected by Domenico Dolce for the precious creations seen at the D&G runway shows.
Arte della Seta Lisio Foundation X Preciously Paris
EACH PIECE A ONE-OFF CREATION, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD. Carole Tessier is no longer concerned with making collections, instead expressing herself through exclusive hand-woven materials, without budget concerns, from exquisite fabrics by the Fondazione Arte Della Seta Lisio Firenze to the embroidery adorning these precious pieces is the DNA of Preciously Paris.
The Royal Palace of Dresden: Historic Textile Reconstruction
Since 2016, Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio has been participating in the project for reconstructing the textiles in the ceremonial halls of the royal apartment of Augustus II ‘the Strong’ in Dresden: upwards of 400 metres of crimson-red solid-colour silk velvet and about 100 metres of drap d'or (gold ‘teletta’). All, it goes without saying, woven by hand.
In 1997, maison Fendi chose Fondazione Lisio to develop a series of innovative projects that culminated in production of eleven collections of absolutely original fabrics used for constructing the famous Baguette handbags.
Mara Bertoli Private Collection of Historical Costumes
The three costumes presented, all made from LISIO textiles, come from a highly original private collection inspired by the intense interest of its creator – Mara Bertoli – in the history of fashion and costumes. Her creation of historical costumes now became invested with an antiquarian’s determination to ensure that every refined detail was absolutely right for the context in terms of authentic style, textile and pattern.
The New Liveries for the Palio di Siena: the Contrada della Tartuca
For this prestigious and historic occasion, Siena’s Contrada della Tartuca turned to Fondazione Lisio for production of precious damasks for the liveries of the drummer, the standard bearers and the official page – destined for use on official occasions and also for the costumes for the ‘Giro’.
Headwear for Historic Re-Enactments: the Hairnet
The request made to our costume experts was to create a reticella hairnet with historic references, for use in ‘Living History’ re-enactments, and above all, a product created by hand.
Weaving of the Cavaniglia ‘Inferriata’ Damask
A request by the Imago Antiqua cultural association sparked the project aimed at recreating a 15th-century silk fabric: the Cavaniglia-pattern damask, a replica of the damask used for the funeral doublet of Don Diego Cavaniglia, a noble condottiere from the Campania region who met his death in Otranto in 1481. The project targeted the world of ‘Living History’ and offers support to all historical re-enactors interested in using truly high-profile silk products in their activities.
Pope Benedict XVI’s Stole
Fondazione Lisio was honoured to attend the Holy Father’s General Audience of 10 October 2012, during which it presented Pope Benedict XVI with a stole created especially for the pontiff by the manufactory’s master artisans on occasion of the start of the Year of Faith.