Museum of Fabric and Costumes of Venice
Palazzo Mocenigo, in San Stae, was once the residence of one of Venice’s most prestigious families.
It still contains valuable eighteenth century furniture and paintings and has housed the Study Centre for the History of Fabric and Costumes since 1985.
The Museum exhibits a selection of particularly rare and precious costumes and fabrics, selected from among the rich Study Centre collections.
There is also a well-stocked library specialising in the history of fabric and costumes, counting more than six thousand volumes and including a collection of more than 13,000 figurines from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.
The costumes and accessories exhibited in the mezzanine and in the large attic are mostly Venetian, made from fabrics that were often embellished with embroidery and lace, clearly documenting the talent of the various weavers, tailors, lace-makers, and embroiderers who contributed to the creation of that refined and luxurious elegance that Venetians of that period were famous for.