The collection in the Fashion and Costume Museum is the result of Franca Meo’s research and journeys. It comprises over 5,000 exhibits including clothes, accessories, hats, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, fans, gloves, trinkets, lingerie, household linen, church vestments, household equipment, children’s clothing and toys and covers the period from the middle of the 18th century up to the birth of haute couture in the 20th century. At the end of the museum a number of ethnic garments give colour to the setting. There are also photos from the past, antique prints, postcards and fashion plates from the 19th and 20th centuries, which together form a specific section illustrating the evolution of taste in clothes in modern times. The exhibition is divided into six sections: The first section, Evening Gowns and Accessories and Clothes for Formal Wear, has wedding dresses and evening gowns on display, as well as embroidered silk and lace shawls and theatre capes and jackets. There is also a rich collection of umbrellas and parasols, fans, handkerchiefs and handbags to put the finishing touches to an outfit. All the items on display in this section can be dated to between the end of the 18th century and the middle of the 19th century. The second section is devoted to Spinning and the Art of Weaving. Finished products and samples of textiles dating from the seventeen hundreds to the nineteen hundreds are on show here, with tools, implements and machinery from different countries – there is an interesting early nineteenth-century wooden loom from Lombardy among these exhibits. The third section houses numerous examples of textiles, church vestments, altar cloths etc., which date back to the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The fourth section, in the picturesque setting of the old kitchens of west wing of Villa Mazzucchelli, displays Clothes and Household Equipment; there are various items of household linen, from embroidered tablecloths to curtains, kitchen implements and some indoor dresses The fifth section is devoted to Children’s Clothes, a category of clothing which became established in England only in the second half of the 18th century. There is an ample range of the most important items of clothing, accessories and furniture used by children. The sixth section shows the evolution in children’s garments and the spread of fashion in France, England and Spain via fashion plates. A rich collection of postcards and period photographs including a few daguerreotypes of women and children or entire families complete this section. Web Site