The connotation of the word “costume” has changed significantly over the past several hundred years, but the term became popular and was made famous in Venice during Renaissance times. Venetian merchants traveling around the world became fascinated by the different styles of clothing they saw in different lands. It was here that costume books originated, and they indexed stereotypical clothing styles of the different cultures of the world. It therefore makes sense that Venice should have its own costume museum, located in the gorgeous, yet small, Mocenigo palace. The exhibits are also small, but they showcase some beautifully crafted antique Venetian costumes and are worth a look, especially for people interested in fashion and history.
The Museum Querini Stampalia exemplifies the splendor and magnificence of the eighteenth century in... Read more