CategoryDress & Fashion
The Costume Gallery in Florence (Galleria del Costume) is one of the museums inside the Pitti Palace. The collection contains garments, accessories and theatrical costumes, ranging from the 16th century to modern times, including items by fashion designers like Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and Valentino.
Founded in 1983, it is the only civic museum in Italy dedicated to the history of fashion. With over six thousand pieces in its collection, the museum regularly changes the items on display, and showcases the latest donations and purchases.
Highlight of the collection are the 16th century funeral clothes of Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici. These clothes were restored in the museum’s own laboratory, which is dedicated to the restoration of garments and accessories so that they can be preserved for future generations.
The Costume Gallery is located in the Palazzina della Meridiana, next to the south-wing of the Pitti Palace. This building in neoclassical style was commissioned in 1776 by Peter Leopold of Lorraine, and has since been altered by many of its occupants.