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Pitti Palace: Costume Gallery

Garments on display at the Costume Gallery, Florence
Photo credits to Florence Tourist Office
Hours: 8.15am-4.30pm/5.30pm/6.30pm/7.30pm (depending on season)
Cost: €6; concessions €3
The permanent exhibition at the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery examines trends in clothing throughout the history of Florence - a must for fashion historians!
The exhibits here rotate every two years, with each biennial exhibition themed around a particular period or topic. Recent years have seen a series of five exhibits covering the sartorial history of Florence from the 18th to the 20th centuries and an exhibition on theatre costumes.

The reason for these rotations lies in the preservation of the costumes: the ancient textiles are constantly maintained and repaired in the textile laboratory on the upper floor of the building and the stress of constant exposure to daylight would accelerate their inevitable decay.

The clothes are arranged with labels identifying their origins and history, usage and the conditions under which they were taken in by the gallery. The central ballroom houses minor and temporary exhibitions of apparel, decorations and ballroom gowns.

Among the most ancient textiles preserved in the museum is the funerary cloth of Cosimo I de Medici, restored and kept in one of the annexes of the gallery. The whole collection of the gallery numbers about 6000 pieces.
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