ILLY ART COLLECTION
The latest chapter in the illy Art Collection sees a very special collaboration and represents illy’s very first partnership with a fashion label. Florence, Rome, Milan, New York, London, and Paris: Emilio Pucci’s signature patterns have now been applied to a special collection of decorated coffee cups, featuring 6 “Cities of the World” prints, exclusive, hand-drawn prints depicting scenes from global metropolises.
The story of Emilio Pucci’s “Cities of the World” prints begins in 1957 when the Marquise Emilio Pucci penned his now iconic Battistero illustration, a special drawing depicting Florence’s Piazza Santa Maria del Fiore shot with bright flashes of vibrant lemon yellow tangerine orange, “Emilio” pink and deep fuchsia. Originally produced for his chic silk twill scarves, the print was conceived as an illustrated love letter to the Marquise’s hometown.
The original artwork embodies Pucci’s signature, undisputable style and became the blue print for the other cities which were subsequently hand-drawn by the atelier of the Maison. For this illy Art Collection Each city has been assigned two original color schematics from the Emilio Pucci palette, which are divided between the espresso and cappuccino cups, as well as their saucers.
Rising to fame in Italy’s post war boom, the Marquis Emilio Pucci was a major fashion force who broke down the rigid conventions of his day and liberated women with his effortless clothing designs, unmistakable prints and wildly colorful patterns.
But much more than a ground-breaking fashion designer, the Marquis was a thoughtful artist in his own right. From his soaring palazzo in the heart of Florence, the Marquis spent his days drawing, painting and sketching artwork, much of which was transferred into actual prints that showered women in his magnificently patterned clothing.