Room of Vera Wang and Calvin Klein, 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.

Vera Wang collection
Produced from 1994 to 2002.

Vera Wang is the well-known American fashion designer who creates the amazing wedding and ceremony dresses for American upper classes. She stared working as fashion editor for Vogue America and, after 16 years, she left her job at the prestigious magazine to became the artistic director of Ralph Lauren. In 1990 Vera Wang opened her first showroom at the Carlyle Hotel of New York. Several actresses (such as Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, Charlize Theron) have fallen in love with her refined and elegant style, so much that they wore her dresses during Oscar night.

In 1997 the designer gave Rossimoda the license to produce her first bridal and evening shoes.

Calvin Klein collection
Produced from 1999 to 2005.

Calvin Klein is an American designer well-known for his simple shapes, clear style and natural dyes soberly coloured. His style excels thanks to very clear lines, which inspire the American look. In the 1970s, Calvin Klein launched the K jeans, the first designer jeans that brought popularity to the brand. Calvin Klein’s jeans became soon iconic fashion items also thanks to the advertising campaign linked to the sensual image of the young Brooke Shields. The designer has been always able to understand the time he was living and modern women’s desires, translating them into clothes and accessories.

Produced from 1999 to 2005. Calvin Klein is the designer of American fashion. His garments are immediately distinguished by their simple line, sharp cut and sober colors with natural hues. Her “very simple” fashion lays the foundations for the American look.

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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.