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Women Protagonists on Show


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


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.


The Costume Gallery is Italy’s only museum of costume and fashion history. The collection consists of more than 6000 pieces, including ancient dresses, costumes and accessories.

Twentieth-Century Women Protagonists

Costume Gallery, Palazzo Pitti

Mon – Sun: 8:15 a.m.–4:30 p.m.



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