The Best Fashion Museums in Florence and Tuscany
Discover the best fashion museums in Florence and Tuscany with Florence Fashion Tour. You can find the complete list below of the most unique museums focusing on Italian fashion history and style.
There are many fashion museums in Florence and Tuscany offering a special overview of Italian culture.
Gucci Garden: Unconventional Fashion Museum in Florence
We love the Gucci Garden Museum because it is a very unconventional space. Here you can immerse yourself in the Gucci spirit and interact with different elements of the collections displayed. You can learn about Alessandro Michele’s (Gucci head designer) creative journey and take many pictures for your Instagram profile. This museum is very Insta-friendly!
Bonus point, if you feel hungry after the visit, you can stop at the Gucci Restaurant by Massimo Bottura. If you feel like shopping, you can have a look at the cool boutique on the main floor.
Palazzo Settimanni: Gucci Private Archive
This new Gucci space was inaugurated in June 2021. The magnificent Settimanni Palace, home to this new Gucci archive, dates back to 1427 and is located on the left bank of the Arno river, where artisans and artists have their ateliers and workshops.
Acquired by Gucci in 1953 and serving as the brand’s first factory, Palazzo Settimanni is accessible by appointment only.
Ferragamo Museum for Any Shoe Lover in Florence
The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum traces the history of this famous Florentine shoe brand. Together with the permanent collection – rows and rows of outstanding shoes, you can always find temporary, rotating exhibitions focusing on different aspects of the brand.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s story is a special one: from humble beginnings to establishing a shop in Hollywood and becoming friends with celebrities and prominent individuals of the time. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover the man behind the legend!
Museum of Costume and Fashion in Florence
Also known as Galleria del Costume (Costume Gallery), the Museo della Moda e del Costume in Florence is the only museum in Italy dedicated to the history of fashion and it certainly is one of the most important in the world.
The museum is in the southern wing of Palazzo Pitti and comprises six thousand items including costumes dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries, theatre costumes and accessories. At the moment (2022) the Museum is closed for refurbishment works.
Textile Museum in Prato, Tuscany
Prato’s Museo del Tessuto is the largest Italian center dedicated to the history and art of textiles. The museum is housed in the historical Cimatoria Campolmi, the only 19th-century textile factory built within Prato’s medieval city walls.
It contains a large number of items, from archaeological textiles and sacred vestments to contemporary fabrics and historical tools and machinery.
Wool Museum in Stia, Tuscany
The Museo dell’Arte della Lana is located in the ex-wool mill complex in Stia, Tuscany.
Besides keeping the historic memory of the wool mill alive, the museum offers visitors the chance to touch, smell, listen, learn, and try some of the hands-on actions involved in the art of wool making.
Museo UNOAERRE in Arezzo, Tuscany
UNOAERRE Museum is the first Italian museum dedicated to goldsmith art.
The permanent collection boasts more than 2,000 works made in the last 90 years and it is constantly updated with the most representative pieces of contemporary jewelry to preserve the future heritage of this important craft.
Cerratelli Foundation in San Giuliano Terme, Tuscany
In San Giuliano Terme, Fondazione Cerratelli has one of the most historical and dazzling collections of theatre and film costumes, housed in Villa Roncioni, vaunting 30,000 outfits that retrace the history of costume in Italy.
Here you can admire costumes from Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet”, for which Danilo Donati won an Oscar as costume designer, as well as costumes from James Ivory’s “A Room with a View” and Zeffirelli’s “The Taming of the Shrew”.
The Capucci Museum in Florence
The Roberto Capucci Foundation Museum is located inside the splendid Villa Bardini and exhibits in rotation the haute couture creations, the sculpture-dresses, the illustrations, the sketches, the sketchbooks, the press articles, the photographs of this extraordinary designer.
Capucci was defined by Christian Dior as “the best creator of Italian fashion”.
Museo of Palazzo Davanzati in Florence
The present arrangement of this museum aims at reconstructing the setting of an old Florentine home, with furniture and household tools from the 14th to the 19th centuries.
The museum also displays a very fine collection of lacework ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
Fondazione della Seta Lisio, Florence
Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio’s mission is to defend the silk art fabric weaving tradition and to prevent its extinction.
The foundation still weaves and markets brocades and figured velvets, ciselé and multicoloured, all produced with the ancient hand-weaving methods. Manufacture is still carried out entirely by hand, using silk, gold and silver threads.
Lisio offers visitors the unique opportunity to purchase fabrics and observe the steps in their creation.
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