Fashion and Costume in Venice have always been at the forefront, just know that the miniskirt was already used in the city of the Doges in the eighteenth century!
The Venetians tailors were famous for their mastery since the Renaissance, but the apotheosis of creativity was reached between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when clothing and the technique to realize them were unrivalled, and the taste and love of the Venetian for the Carnival’s costumes were reflected in everyday life.
It is certainly no coincidence that here got a huge success Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish artist who moved to Venice at the end of the nineteenth century and which became to all effects the first fashion designer in history, inventing a style and creating designs for textiles that are still modern. At the beginning of the twentieth century his clothes produced in Venice were sold throughout Europe. Among his clients: Eleonora Duse (great dramatic actress) and Isadora Duncan (dancer who invented modern dance). Even in his case, the success depended on the creativity associated with attention to detail, and especially to the concept of dress as a status-symbol, which created an idea of luxury in those who bought it.
For those who want retraces the history of Fashion and Costume in Venice, VeniceByMyEye has created a dedicated tour, by moving between the Textile Museum, and the Fortuny shops, comes to the dressmaking workshop Pietro Longhi, ending with a visit to a magnificent Venetian noble palace where you can admire marvelous handmade clothes.
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