The Bottega Residency finds creatives and collaborators of the Italian brand discussing the books, films and pieces of music that have influenced their oeuvre in short videos.
The latest iteration of the residency delves into Pfeiffer’s favorite author, Guy de Maupassant, and his sophomore novel, “Bel-Ami,” which chronicles the rise to power of a penniless former soldier named George Duroy.
Another clip focuses on the Italian painter Pierro della Francesca and his 1464 masterwork, “Procession of the Queen of Sheba and Meeting between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon,” whose “details and composition” have influenced Pfeiffer’s oeuvre.
The digital residency, described as “a theater of joyous distraction,” also features videos dedicated to London-based photographer and filmmaker Tyrone Lebon, Director of Development at Sadler’s Wells Phoebe Reith Ibery, and Bottega Veneta’s creative director Daniel Lee.
Lee mentions David Hockney, Steven Spielberg and Maurice Béjart as his main inspirations, while Lebon discusses the influence of Charles Bukowski, Barry Kamen and Fergus Henderson on his practice.
“Creativity and strength lie at the heart of Bottega Veneta. In this highly distressing time, we feel a responsibility to celebrate those values and ignite a sense of joy and hope in our community and beyond,” Lee said of the multi-platform residency in a statement.
Every weekend, the Bottega Residency also presents live music performances, cooking sessions with rising-star chefs, as well as a Sunday movie night that is hosted by major figures in the film industry.
Bottega Veneta is not the only luxury house expanding its digital offerings to offer comfort in this time of self-isolation and social distancing.
Earlier this week, Prada launched on Instagram a new series of live talks, “Possible Conversations,” that is held between thinkers, cultural arbiters and fashion figures across the world.”
The speakers touch on various topics such as fashion, art, architecture, cinema and “thought,” which covers philosophy, literature and psychology.
“Possible Conversations” kicked off this past Tuesday, April 14 with “Fashion in Times of Crises,” which was hosted by author and fashion expert Pamela Golbin, as well as critic and fashion journalist Alexander Fury.
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