After a three-year closure due to both the Covid-19 pandemic and particular use in reorganization, Florence’s Palazzo Pitti Museum of Fashion and Costume is finally ready with its grand reopening and all lovers of this world will be curious to know what they can see along the way, among the evocative objects on display. The museum will offer its visitors a fascinating journey through the history of fashion of the 20th century and the first years of our millennium.
Florence Fashion and Costume Museum: reopening with 15 thousand pieces
Twelve new rooms, Enriched by the enchanting atmosphere of the 19th century ballroom, they welcome visitors in a unique visual and historical experience. The collection, which includes more than 15 thousand pieces from the 16th century to the present day, It is presented in a masterful way, with an inauguration that marks only the first step in a total renovation of the museum.
The Museum of Fashion and Costume in Florence reopens, what to see
The choice of objects chosen at this time contains more than 50 fashion masterpieces, each with its own story and illustrated meaning. In addition to these, there will be a number of other fine fashion items such as shoes, hats and other accessories.
Among the various garments on display, the ‘kimono-cape’ by Mariano Fortuny for Eleonora Duse, the ‘flapper’ tunic from the 1920s by Chanel and the iconic clothing of great personalities and important stars such as franca florio (who wore a famous sequin dress), Elsa Schiapparelli (with her famous extravagant evening dresses) Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren (who wore creations by creations of Emilio Schubert).
Among the masterpieces on display, there is no shortage of geometric motifs on the dress. Patty Pravo created in the early eighties by Gianni Versace. The sensual details of Jean Paul Gaultier, made famous by Madonna, and the charm of Gianfranco Ferré for Dior in the nineties are witnesses of the evolution of fashion in these decades.
The inauguration today, December 12, It marks the beginning of the total renovation of the Museum of Fashion and Costume. Spring 2024 promises to offer visitors another ten rooms, immersing them in the grand and wonderful costumes of the nobility and aristocracy from the 16th to the 19th centuries. A special room will be entirely dedicated to jewelry, determining the unique experience lived in the museum.
Director Eike Schmidt’s commentary at the Pitti Palace
The director of the Uffizi Gallery, Eike Schmidt, underlines the importance of renewal, stating:
“The works in the very delicate environments of the Pitti Palace naturally have long gestation times also due to the research that precedes each intervention, but the results are always surprising, like those we admire today in the Museum of Fashion and Costume. Not only the garments are presented, but also the restored rooms with new lighting suitable for the presentation and conservation of the fabrics.
The stylists’ creations thus appear not only as a testimony of the taste of an era that has undergone extraordinary changes, or as a testimony of the genius of the stylists, but also as art objects in themselves, such as sculptures or paintings of fabric, leather. , beads, colored threads, feathers. For the fantastic work that everyone can admire starting today, I especially want to thank all the members of the curiatorial working group who over the past few years have contributed to creating the new exhibition concept and selecting the leaders of the first rotation, the architects and the restorers who, together, allowed the creation of the new exhibition.
Curator Vanessa Gavioli and the choices for the museum exhibition
The curator of the Fashion Museum, Vanessa Gavioli, explains the criteria for choosing the exposed elements:
“For the permanent exhibition, the curatorial choice was oriented toward the most relevant elements of the collection; These were first restored and then performed through a complex process of costumes and staging, in the rooms of the neoclassical Palazzina della Meridiana, thanks to a highly qualified work group. The result is a dream trip where evening dresses triumph, but there is no shortage of day clothes and accessories.”
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