Steve and I recently visited the Ferragamo Museum, which was more interesting than we both expected. The exhibition we saw, which has since closed, was dedicated to founder Salvatore Ferragamo’s daughter, Fulvia (1950-2018). She was the creative director for men’s and women’s silk accessories.

In addition to many beautiful foulards and neckties from collections over the years, the exhibit included taxidermy animals that were apparently used as models for some of their designs, including a lion, tiger, rhino, two huge manta rays, a peacock and a few other exotic birds. It also featured botany and biology books that the artists used to draw the lifelike flowers and animals, and animals made out of of flowers, that appeared on the foulards. For several scarves, they showed the initial pencil drawings for the design, the colored design, then the final product.

The museum also had something that I’ve starting seeing in more museums lately, a room with video on three or four walls that puts you “inside the art.” The videos animated the different themes used in the scarves, like the ocean, the jungle, flowers and shoes. The zebras from the scarves would walk through the savannah, and the tigers made of flowers would pop out from behind ferns in the jungle, as birds and butterflies drifted by. There were camels, leopards, elephants and giraffes, and tons of flowers. The Weez is a photography major, and I keep thinking that he would be brilliant at designing something like this.

There weren’t too many actual shoes or handbags in this particular exhibit, sadly, but we did see some lasts that had been made for movie stars, which was kind of fun. We noted that Ingrid Bergman had big feet.

Finally, we saw this bird, which appears to have been the inspiration for TFG’s “hairdo.” Perhaps I was wrong to think he had a dead orange ferret up there?