Florence | The Costume Gallery. Pitti Palace
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The Costume Gallery at Palazzo Pitti in Florence
Florence is world-renowned as a treasure chest of Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. Nevertheless the museum offer of the city is not limited to masterpieces by Michelangelo, Brunelleschi or Leonardo, just to name a few. The Tuscan capital is indeed, since centuries, a reference point also for furniture design, porcelain, jewellery and fashion.
Along with a celebrated fine art museum, Palazzo Pitti is perhaps the major center in Florence dedicated to decorative arts, craftsmanship and costume.
The Galleria del Costume (Costume Gallery) of Palazzo Pitti, founded in 1983, is the only National Museum in Italy exclusively dedicated to the history of fashion.
The museum depicts the evolution of costume across the centuries, beginning from a unique collection composed of clothes once belonging to members of the Medici family who ruled Florence during the Renaissance, including the remains of Cosimo I de’ Medici’s clothes, dating back to the 16th century.
Inside the richly-decorated galleries of the museum, though an extensive set of dresses and accessories, combined with contextual images and description panels, the visitors browse the story of costume from Renaissance to present day.
Haute-couture pieces, Italian cinema and music divas costumes, wedding dresses and accessories are exposed in a thematic order. The semi-permanent exhibition features pieces from the museum collection, including creations by Lucile, Versace, Azzaro, Renato Balestra, Roberto Cavalli, Ken Scott, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Gucci, and Prada.
Text by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
Photos by Inexhibit.