A Homage to Design


Piero Tosi on Display


Palazzo Pitti’s Costume Gallery is currently paying tribute to notable exponents of twentieth-century fashion. The exhibition Tribute to the Maestro Piero Tosi: The art of stage costumes from the Tirelli bequest comes in the wake of the Honorary Governors Award given to Tosi in 2013 in recognition of his lifetime contribution to costume design in film.

The 15 Tosi costumes featured form part of the Tirelli Donation, bequeathed to the Costume Gallery by master costume designer and tailor Umberto Tirelli, and span Tosi’s brilliant career.


“This selection of costumes from the Tirelli Donation not only notes Tosi’s creativity in a variety of ages and types, but takes us through the best films of the greatest Italian directors of the twentieth century,” said Cristina Acidini, Superintendent of the State Museums of Florence.


Tosi was nominated for five Oscars for costume design between 1964 and 1983. The exhibit features several of his costumes created for films including Medea, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ludwig, directed by Luchino Visconti, and The Innocent, directed by Luchino Visconti.


Requiring the total rearrangement of Palazzo Pitti’s Costume Gallery, Twentieth-Century Women Protagonists showcases the garments and accessories of prominent twentieth-century women.


The exhibition’s “protagonists” are those women noted for creativity within their various fields, including Rosa Genoni, Eleonora Duse, Donna Franca Florio, Maria Cumani, and avid fashion collectors Anna Piaggi and Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini. Creations by Schuberth, known as the “dressmaker to the stars,” made for Antonella Cannavò Florio are also on display, along with items from the legendary 1000-piece wardrobe belonging to novelist Anna Rontani, and garments worn by Patty Pravo at the Festival of Sanremo.

Tribute to the Maestro Piero Tosi: The art of stage costumes from the Tirelli bequest

Until January 11, 2015


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