Room of the Porsche Design collection, 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 Porche Design collection
Produced from 1978 to 2005.

Luigino Rossi, honorary chairman of Rossimoda shoe factory, met Ferdinand Alexander Porsche during a fashion show by Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. Thanks to this friendship, in 1977 they decided to create a new line of unisex shoes, suitable for the spare time but mainly for driving cars. Ferdinand A. Porche designed the first sketches of the shoes, still displayed in the Museum. The sporty design, the great attention to details as well as the comfort, guaranteed the success of these shoes which every year, from 1978 to 2003, were proposed again changing just colours and materials.

Produced from 1978 to 2005. Luigino Rossi, president of the Rossimoda shoe factory, met Ferdinand Alexander Porsche during the Yves Saint Laurent fashion shows in Paris. From this friendship, in 1977 the idea was born to produce a unisex shoe, comfortable for leisure time, but above all studied for driving the car. Ferdinand A. Porsche thus conceived some designs for the shoe factory, which are still preserved in our museum. The sporty design, the attention to detail and the choice of ductile materials, combined with the high comfort, guaranteed the success of these shoes, always proposed the same from 1978 to 2003, varying only colors and materials.

Porsche unisex shoes
Impeccable and precise processing of high quality materials ensures maximum wearability and comfort. Upper materials made of calf leather, some even hand brushed, not only give the men’s shoes a stylish appearance, but also make them particularly resistant to moisture and dirt. Being on the move has never been so easy, thanks to Porsche Design’s lightweight rubber and leather soles, often constructed from one single piece.

The influence of motorsports on the shoe collection by Porsche Design is unmistakable: shoes are inspired by the legendary F.A. Porsche Genuine Driving Shoe and leather designs with Porsche Design’s typical TecFlex structure are just a few examples of this passion. Every shoe in the collection features Porsche Design’s signature style details.

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.