Vests by Depero

Fortunato Depero – painter, sculptor and advertising creative (1892-1960) – designed his famous “Futurist vests” in 1923 and 1924, with a particular technique he used in his Futurist Art House. He painted the subject, and later had his work reproduced twice as large by a draftsman. Then the resulting enlargement was cut and copied on fabric. And finally, the vest was basted, sewn and finished.

Depero’s vests were presented to the public in 1924, during the tour of the New Futurist Theatre. Photos of the time show Marinetti, Depero and other leading figures of the movement flaunting the colorful clothes created by the imagination of the Trento-born artist.

For them, it was just another expression of the Avant-garde.

December 13, 2013