Firenze, Palazzo Pitti: musei

The Costume Gallery, Palazzo Pitti

The Costume Gallery has an impressive collection

Piazza de Pitti
 The six rooms facing the Boboli gardens originally forming the building belonged to the family of the grand duke until the invasion of Florence by French revolutionary troops in 1799. The Palazzina underwent extensive modifications during the Restoration and its rooms were repainted between 1833 and 1837 and a ballroom was also added. It underwent further changes following Italian Unity and the arrival of the Savoy court between 1862 and 1865.

Inhabited by the royal family until the end of the monarchy in Italy, it was the favorite residence of Victor Emmanuel II during the years when Florence was capital. Inaugurated in 1983, the Costume Gallery houses a large collection of antique period costumes dating from the 18th to 20th centuries. The collection was formed from several donations, the most important of which was that of Umberto Tirelli, and from acquisitions made directly by the museum.

Progressing through thirteen rooms, the articles on display describe the evolution of fashion and clothing, with particular attention to women's costumes, from the rigid 18th-century corsets to the short dresses of the Twenties. The display is renewed every two years to ensure the optimum conservation of the various artefacts.

The Costume Gallery
Piazza Pitti, 1
Tel. 055 2388713

For advanced reservations: Firenze Musei, Tel. 055 294883, costs € 3,00 per person (€ 4,00 per/for Galleria Uffizi or/and Accademia); School groups: Tel. 055  290112. On-line ticket sales:
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