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).