Raffaele Piraino Costume Museum
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Raffaele Piraino Costume Museum

The Raffaello Piraino Collection consists of over five thousand objects including dresses, bodices, douillettes, paletots, manteaux, house dresses, robes volants, accessories, laces, fabrics, underwear, prints and accessories. It also includes folk, ethnic clothing, civilian, military uniforms, children's and religious clothing. These garments, coming mostly from ancient Sicilian families and belonging to different eras (1700-1950), lead us to the taste and fashions that have spread and alternated on the island. The richness of the fabrics and embroideries, the precious laces and the plaques, of the most renowned Italian and foreign tailors affixed to the inside of the packages, confirm a strict adherence to the dictates of fashion. Much of the collection therefore reflects, through the elaborations of local tailors, the fashion of Paris, London and Vienna. Famous names of couturiers appear on the labels of the garments kept in the Collection: Poiret, Fortuny, Worth junior, Schiaparelli, Doucet etc. These are followed by a myriad of other Italian houses such as: La Ville de Lyon Florence, Serafina Barberis-Tourin, Angelici & Figli - Naples. The collection is enriched by continuous acquisitions, donations and free loans. The interest of national and international scholars is growing, and more and more students are carrying out their degree theses on various aspects of the collection. The well-known scholars have dealt with the collection with writings and critical essays: Cristina Giorgetti (University of Florence), Giuliana Chesne Daufhinè Griffo (University of Florence), Maria Grazia Ciardi Duprè (University of Florence), Antonino Buttitta (University of Palermo). (Text source: https://www.museodelcostumeraffaellopiraino.it/)

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