EVENT Ermenegildo Zegna 'Fabulae Naturae' ExhibitionOpening Night
WHERE Ermenegildo Zegna headquarters, Milan


HAPPENINGS: Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna threw an artsy soiree in celebration of the opening of Expo Milano. Collaborating with artistic duo Lucy + Jorge Orta and Michelin-starred chef Davide Oldani, the maison hosted a night of celebration that mixed arts, fine dining and luxury.

The "Fabulae Naturae" exhibition and performance, curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, turned Ermenegildo Zegna's contemporary headquarters designed by architect Antonio Citterio into a secret garden for the night. Floral murals blanketed the walls while local produce such as leeks and asparagus was built into artsy food stations. The event references the theme of Expo Milano - "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" - and promotes sustainable living and harmony between humans and nature.

The Orta duo sent performers off the industrial staircases in the building for a music performance, Symphony for Absent Wildlife. Chef Oldani and his team served a menu of sustainable delicacies to guests. Five hundred limited-edition porcelain plates, featuring prints and motifs extracted from the Zegna Archive, were created by the artist duo to be auctioned off to benefit the restoration of Punta Mesco in Cinque Terre. 


OVERHEARD The event has ticked all the boxes of the Expo's theme, from arts to foodtonature.


CHIC CHAT with Maria Luisa Frisa

Why did you decide to collaborate with artist duo Lucy + Jorge Orta for the project?

We wanted to work with artists who care about the environment. We worked with Lucy + Jorge Orta in 2012 on the project "Fabulae Romanae", so this collaboration came naturally. 

What inspired the "Fabulae Naturae" project?

The Heberlein collection that is now showing in Trivero, where the maison was founded, inspired the project.

What's the connection between Trivero and Zegna's headquarters in Milan?

The Zegna family has always [protected] the environment. The event also connects with Zegna's roots.

Can you tell us a bit more about the Heberlein collection?

It consists of more than 2,200 volumes of textile samples which were acquired by the Zegna Archive in 2011.