Armani and Scorsese: A cinematic celebration

Armani and Scorsese: A cinematic celebration

'Old and dear friends' show support at exhibition

Editor: Faizal Dahlawia

Their artistry lies in different worlds but true genius will always be appreciated no matter the medium

Giorgio Armani has partnered with La Cinémathèque Française to bring a special exhibition to Paris, aptly titled Scorsese, which is a retrospective of the legendary filmmaker. An exclusive dinner was held to celebrate its opening, attended by luminaries of the arts world as well as dignitaries including French President Francois Hollande.

The exhibition, which includes storyboards, images and other archival materials, demonstrates Scorsese's powerful influence on American cinema in the post-New-Hollywood era. Armani and Scorsese have enjoyed a decades-long relationship starting with Scorsese's 1990 documentary on Giorgio Armani, Made in Milan and most recently, The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Armani designed a special period wardrobe for Leonardo DiCaprio's character.

"I've been a fan of the cinema throughout my entire life, and the influence of cinema on my work and design has been deep and lasting," Armani said. "My support of this tribute by La Cinémathèque Française, one of the true temples of the art form in France, provides me with another way of showing my appreciation for Martin Scorsese's great artistry. He is a true master, and I am honoured to call him my friend."

"How can I even begin to express my admiration for Giorgio Armani — as a master who revolutionised fashion... as a valued collaborator... as an old and dear friend?" said Scorsese. "He has honoured me with this important collaboration. It's yet another brotherly gesture, and I'm very moved."

The exhibition is open to the public until the February 14, 2016.