“Dress Artfully. Luxury Tailors of the 1900s – A Tribute to Emma Bardini” December 18, 2015 – February 22, 2016

Historic fashion designs from the Bardini Museum in Florence

Historic fashion designs from the Bardini Museum in Florence

Dress Artfully. Luxury Tailors of the 1900s – A Tribute to Emma Bardini

December 18, 2015 – February 22, 2016

Museo Stefano Bardini – Florence, ITALY

Emma Bardini

Emma Bardini

Vestire ad Arte (Dress Artfully) an exhibition at the Museo Bardini, traces the changes in fashion of the last century, according to historic photographs of Emma Bardini (1883-1962). The daughter of the antique dealer Stefano Bardini, Emma elegantly interpreted the changes in fashion at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Collectibles and antiques are being displayed alongside the examples of the mastery of weaving and other local luxurious hand-crafts and refined fashion from the top style houses of that era. In photos from the period, often signed by the great photographer Mario Nunes Vais, Emma (1883-1962) appears as an elegant lady wearing fine fashions of the twentieth century. The rich collection of clothes, hats, and accessories worn by Emma is lost, but the images tell the story of stylistic changes in fashion design.

The images of Emma and this unprecedented collection of vintage clothes is the result of years of research into the world of the aristocracy and the upper-middle class in Italy, set in the picturesque scenery of the Bardini Museum, allows the visitor to witness the leaders of Italian tailor production of the 1900s, with the significant developments of fashion from the 1920s to the 1980s. The repertoire of the 43 selected articles of clothing is accompanied by a vast range of accessories, gloves, bags and hats.


Villa Bardini, Florence

Museo Stefano Bardini
Via dei Renai 37 – Florence, ITALY

Open hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 11am-5pm
Closed: December 25 and January 1, 2016

Ticket: EUR 6.00 (+ Museum)

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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