Housed in the former Palazzo Fortuny, this wonderful collection showcases the life work of Mariano Fortuny. This incredibly gifted man worked with photography, painting, stage and set design, textile design and fashion.
He turned his love of textiles into a successful business, most famously with his Delphos gown, turning womens fashion on it’s head in 1907. This remarkable and liberating design remained in production right through to 1950 and is now highly collectable. His other major success was the Fortuny Lamp, another true collectors piece.
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Fortuny died in 1949 and his widow, Henriette donated the Palazzo and it’s collection to the City of Venice in 1956.
Travel at Your Leisure is visiting Venice in April and this diverse collection is certainly worth a visit for those with an interest in the history of Italian fashion and design, although Fortuny is of course still in business today.