Posted in Archive, on September 14, 2015
On the 19th of September 1987, in the rooms of the Reichstag, a retrospective exhibition of Massimo Osti's work was held to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Berlin and the 150th anniversary of the birth of the textile manufacturing industry. The event hosted some of the most pre-eminent artists and designers of the time, yet the Senate of West Berlin invited Osti as the most well respected designer in the field of sportswear. The press release described him as a 'distinguished example of the technical evolution reached by the textile industry over the previous century and a half'.
The exhibition contained 75 of the most iconic pieces from Massimo's collections and he showcased them by staging a runway show in the citadel of Spandau. The show was the first and only of its kind that Osti produced during his career; in doing so, he developed a musical and theatrical performance with on-stage outfit changes, based on sounds of the landscape including cities and cars as well as the sea and wind. From these sounds, Massimo Torrigiani and Stefano Barnaba created the music to accompany the video shot by director Renato de Maria throughout the exhibition. The voice of Angela Baraldi accompanied the soundtrack to which the models moved while wearing C.P. Company.
In March of 1988 Massimo was again invited for a retrospective exhibition; this time in East Berlin as a guest of the Minister for Industry within the 'Form and Design' department of the DDR. The below image shows the hall in which the exhibition was held to celebrate 15 years of Massimo Osti's work for C.P. Company, with the event's invitation transcribed on the foreground.
Many of the pieces showcased during these exhibitions have been retained within the C.P. Company archive and are as highly regarded today as they were twenty years ago. As such, they continue to be an inspiration for C.P. Company's current designs, including those in this season's 40th Anniversary collection.
(Images courtesy of the Massimo Osti Archive)