Monday, November 3, 2008

Ethnic Costume Research...

As I am readying to head back to San Diego, I am sad to leave, but thrilled to have had the experience of studying world costume in Europe. I have spent days in amazing libraries, browsing through books, hand-painted fashion plates, and other sources of imagery. Imagine looking at hand water-colored drawings of Italian folk costume. I have been allowed to take digital images of these, to share with my students.

Some of these libraries are in old, old buildings. For example, in Venice, I spent time in the Biblioteca di Palazzo Mocenigo. This was an amazing building, and their collection of fashion books is outstanding. I could have easily spent another week. In Verona, I spent time in the Civic Library (Biblioteca). Most of my time was in the "Reserve" section. In both cases, one filled out a form for each book, and it was hand-delivered to your table. I have also visited the fashion library at Polimoda, the fashion school in Florence.

All collections were amazing. I was honored to utilize them and felt very reverent as I was allowed to carefully hold books as old as 150 years. Thanks to all the staff who assisted me.
Below you see the biblioteca in Venezia (Venice).


3 comments:

Edie said...

Hello there, just found your email about this - must have missed it when in Canada. Gnocchi is one of my favorite foods - still reading early posts. Plus I have a pic somewhere of my mom in full German regalia circa 1929. Lets try gnocchi next time we get together. I think the premise is the same as spatzle. Stacy has a blog - and it is amusing in some ways. http://babysittingwithstacy.blogspot.com/ She is practicing writing for others. I like the convertible Cooper but being a mountain person would go for the Fiat. Do you remember Rob's Fiat? Love to you. Edie
PS. We are going to a Art Walk at another area.

SusanLazear said...

Hi

ok, you are on, about cooking together. I will check out Stacy's blog.

Hoping to make it to Denver, early 2009.

Susan

Star said...

There also is a costume library at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan and an incredible digital and sample library of fabrics (interesting also for all sorts of textile/embroidery/lace/knitting designing) in Como, not so far from Milan; should you come, please let me know in advance. Bye for now, Star (Milan)