Last week, I visited Palazzo Mocenigo, one of Italy's only historic costume museums. The palazzo also houses Italy's only Center of Textile Studies. It seems like the palazzo is more Center than museum, which I admit was a bit disappointing at first, but that's okay because the few clothes they had were beautiful. All of the dresses were from the 18th century, Venice's last hurrah. The first room had two children's robes (click pictures to enlarge):
Watteau back. In my costume history class, I learned that this type of dress was called a robe francaise, but European historians call it an adrienne.
I also have a thing for fabrics, so as you can imagine, this piece was orgasmic:
In addition to these few rooms, one room was entirely covered with George Barbier prints. Barbier was famous for his fashion illustrations in all of the best Paris fashion magazines of the 1910s and 1920s. He documented all of the best Art Deco fashions, and the prints themselves are beautiful:
The Palazzo Mocenigo is a small museum, but nonetheless beautiful. If you have time to spare while visiting Venice, I highly recommend this museum.