A chic example of Italian architecture is the Palazzo Morando Palace, which is located in the city of Milan, like a coin has two sides. The ground floor of this museum will be interesting to fans of classical art objects. The extensive halls of the palace are decorated with sculpture and painting of the Middle Ages. The exposition is decorated with interior items that came from the mid 17th - early 19th centuries. In January 2010, there was a fresh reason to visit the Plazzo Morando, as it opened a new exhibition.
The Museum of Fashion and Costume (Costume Moda Immagine) reveals to visitors another attraction of Italy - the evolution of the fashion world.
The new exposition was based on the collections of fashionable clothes of past centuries. Most of the fashion antiquity was previously stored in the city museum of applied art Castello Sforza. The history of the Italian textile industry, the first private collections of dresses, suits and accessories flocked to Milan from all over the country. It was in one of the capitals of European fashion that all these scattered exhibits were carefully restored and took their rightful place in the Museum of Fashion and Costume.
Enthusiasts who stood at the origins of the creation of the museum, since 1995, have been collecting information on people who determined fashion trends in the 18-19 centuries. Alessia Shivey and Elizabeth Neils breathed life into the history of Italian fashion. Inside the museum you can see incredibly beautiful, intricate and amazing costumes. Before the eyes of visitors will appear the tricks of the "fashion designers" of the past. Among other things - tight corsets, which made the bourgeois ladies so elegant, thanks to which, this part of the toilet was called "Aspen Waist". Another know-how from the past is the fluffy skirts of fashionistas, under which hid crinolines created from metal hoops.
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The stiff collars of the dresses, lifted almost to the chin, wonderfully straightened the posture of young ladies. And the bodice of dresses was full of severity and did not allow women who wore them to relax. Thus, all modern fashionistas can appreciate the beauty of the outfits of the 18-19 centuries. As well as the complete lack of comfort that they promised their mistresses.
No less curious is the selection of materials and color combinations in outfits of bygone years. Many people will find these solutions quite unusual for today's lay people. But, the Italian ladies strictly kept etiquette in the matter of selecting outfits, shoes, hats, umbrellas and handbags. Great importance was attached to the color scheme. Various events and events demanded a special form and colors of outfits.
It is easy to trace the amazing metamorphoses that occurred with costumes and accessories for more than two centuries. Skirts, originally had a rounded shape, eventually transformed into a tulip. In the end, the lush crinolines gave way to outfits that tightened the figure. The hats have expanded to completely eliminate umbrellas. Corsets - the last citadel of the old "fashion", fell at the end of the 19th century.
At the beginning of 2012, the interiors of the exhibition hall of the Fashion and Costume Museum were updated and restored. This event was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. The art gallery of the Palazzo Morando Palace was transformed thanks to the work of design specialists from Cristallerie Baccarat. Modern tourists and shopping enthusiasts will be able to appreciate the splendor of the fashion museum, especially in the golden rays of the spring Italian sun!
Official website of the museum: www.costumemodaimmagine.mi.it
Address: Via Sant'Andrea, 6 - 20121 Milano
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.00 to 13.00 - from 14.00 to 17.30