Rossimoda Shoe Museum – Stra

Via Doge Pisani, 1, Stra
Veneto, Italy
Phone: +39 (0)49 9801091
closed on: open Monday through Friday, weekends on appointment only, closed August 15
Museum Type: Fashion
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The Rossimoda Shoe Museum in Stra, a town midway between Padua and Venice, is an Italian private museum focused on footwear and shoe-making currently owned by the LVMH – Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group.

Villa Foscarini Rossi
Founded in 1995 by Italian entrepreneur Luigino Rossi, the museum is housed in Villa Foscarini Rossi, a beautiful 17th century building complex designed by architect Francesco Contini as a luxurious country house for Marco Foscarini, 117th Doge of Venice.
Along with the museum, the complex also accommodates a congress center, a restaurant, and various spaces for concerts and special events.

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Aerial view of the Villa Foscarini Rossi complex in Stra, Venice; image © Rossimoda Shoe Museum

Collection, permament exhibition, and program of events
The museum presents a collection of over 1,700 women’s shoes, sandals, and boots made since 1947 by the Rossi footwear factory for many of the world’s most prominent haute couture fashion brands, as well as a collection of historical Venetian footwear dating back to the 18th century.

The permanent exhibition of the Rossimoda Shoe Museum is divided into sections focused on the various brands and designers for which the shoes were made, including Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Richard Tyler, Porsche design, Kenzo, Christian Lacroix, Fendi, Ungaro, Dior, Givency, Emilio Pucci, and Yves Saint-Laurent, among others.

Along with footwear, the exhibition features tools, drawings, documents and photographs which help contextualizing the pieces on view, with a special focus on the influence of footwear on the history of costume from the 1940s to the present day; for example by the means of shoe models wore in famous movies by film stars such as Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour (1967), Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct 2 (2006). In the museum’s galleries, a series of shoe drawings made by Andy Warhol is also on display.

The program of activities of the Rossimoda Museum also includes shoe design and making workshops for schools and children, guided tours, music concerts, and special events.


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Views of the permanent exhibition galleries; photos courtesy of the Rossimoda Shoe Museum

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The “Egyptian room” at the Villa Foscarini Rossi; photo courtesy of the Rossimoda Shoe Museum

Donna Karan Sharon Stone shoes

From the museum’s collection, Donna Karan, the shoe model wore by Sharon Stone in the film Basic Instinct 2 (2006)


Yves Saint Laurent Roger Vivier decollete shoe

Yves Saint Laurent, decollete shoe in black satin designed by Roger Vivier for actress Marlene Dietrich in the 1950s

Kenzo flip flop sandal

Kenzo (Kenzo Takada), flip flop sandal

Christian Dior mother of pearl decollete shoe 1968

Christian Dior, mother of pearl effect decollete shoe decorated with beads and sequins, 1968

Christian Dior vinyl sandal

Christian Dior, vinyl sandal, 1964

Emilio Pucci leather and satin shoes

Emilio Pucci, leather and printed satin shoes

Yves Saint Laurent gold laminated python decollete shoe 1980

Yves Saint Laurent, gold laminated python decollete shoe, 1980

Yves Saint Laurent sandal with flower

Yves Saint Laurent, red sandal with flower

Cover image: Villa Foscarini Rossi in Stra, Venice
All photographs © Rossimoda Shoe Museum

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