Hall of Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs, Footwear Museum of Villa Foscarini Rossi

The Museum displays over 1500 examples of luxury women’s shoes, dating from 1947 to the present day. The models were designed and produced by Rossimoda for the most prestigious international designers. A precious collection of nineteenth century Venetian footwear is also on show. The exhibition traces the progress of the company over the years, testifying to the local skills and knowledge of the Riviera del Brenta shoemaking district.

The Donna Karan collection
Produced from 2005 to 2012.

The brand was founded by the American designer Donna Faske, who started her career working in New York for the fashion house Klein & Co. In 1974, after the unexpected death of the owner, Donna became the artistic director of the maison. In 1984 she founded her own namesake brand, proposing the “seven easy pieces” concept: a wardrobe with only few interchangeable items of clothing that perfectly fit the everyday needs of a contemporary woman who is, at the same time, mother, worker, lover, friend.

The Marc by Marc Jacobs collection
Produced from 2002 to 2014.
Marc Jacobs, born in New York in 1963, debuted in the fashion world in 1986 although in 1998 he proved to be one of the most imaginative stylists and brilliant American designers thanks to a breath-taking fashion show in a huge car park. Considered as a great new talent, in 1997 Marc Jacobs became the artistic director of Louis Vuitton, designing a women’s clothing line intended for a career-oriented, strong-willed and confident working woman.

Footwear Museum of Villa Foscarini Rossi
The Rossimoda museum of footwear is located in the main villa of the seventeenth-century architectural complex Villa Foscarini Rossi in Stra along the Riviera del Brenta in the province of Venice. The museum deals with footwear and costume history and collects a collection of over 1700 models of luxury women’s shoes, produced by the shoe factory of the same name in collaboration with high fashion houses.

The museum is one of the few Italian museums dedicated to footwear. It is reviewed in the repertoires of corporate museums and considered relevant in its specificity .

It preserves more than 1700 models, the majority of which testify to the company’s collaboration with stylists from all over the world. .

Prototypes of the company’s collaborations with international fashion houses, from Dior to Yves Saint Laurent, from Givenchy to Ungaro, to Fendi, Christian Lacroix, Pucci, Calvin Klein, Porsche and others. Pieces representative of the company’s history, the historical period and the social context or because they are remarkable from a technical and artisan point of view are exhibited.

The minimalism of American designers such as Donna Karan, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Porsche is represented on the ground floor, while the products of Mediterranean designers such as Emilio Pucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Dior, Roger Vivier, Fendi, Lacroix are visible on the upper floor., Céline and Kenzo, having more space given the longevity of their collaborations with the company.

To the footwear models are added prints, sketches and sculptures from the private art collection of Luigino Rossi: the original sketches by Christian Lacroix and Karl Lagerfeld, the reproductions of the prints by Andy Warhol, and the cartes de vœux by Yves Saint Laurent.