Vintage heaven. For a lover of fashion, the market-style exhibition Made in Vintage held over the weekend in the delightful setting of the Museums Mazzucchelli in Ciliverghe of Mazzano, on the outskirts of Brescia, is certainly a required stop.
Yes indeed: because if the trend is usually to scout for the most odd, small stores, here everything is much more simpler: the interprets and promoters of the true essence of vintage come together in the rooms of the Foundation Giacomini Meo Fiorot to exhibit their collections, archives that are often acclaimed internationally.
And if usually we say look but don't dare touch, here you can even as much as purchase the item.
The location undoubtedly helps: the floors in terracotta and the dark wooden beams in clear view of the ceiling give room to the colorful collections of clothing articles.
That's not all: glass display cabinets with precious jewelry, bags and sunglasses with fluorescent colors, as is popular this year, and shoes of any kind, from the Chanel shoes dearly loved by the fashion outfitters, to Yves Saint Laurent models with a vaguely retro feel.
The prints from the 70's fill up the stands of the expositors, amidst tiny dresses Audrey Hepburn style and male-cut coats.
There are all the best brands of Italian and foreign fashion: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferrè, Prada and many more.
The exhibition of course also includes accessories: if you fell in love with a purse that has been ousted from the new collections, you'll find it at Made in Vintage. Like the famous colored monograms of Louis Vuitton, or the shopper bags of Fendi and Gucci, or the delightful pochette and the clutch bags that our grandmothers once used.
And large stones to adorn bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, where strong colors and flower designs are everywhere.
Every vintage-addicted knows that hats are a must-have, which is why the exhibition "The Last Frivolity. From hat to hat", a selection of the most peculiar and valuable models from the 20's to the 80's has been opened to the public in these days: visitors will have the opportunity until September 2, 2012 to take a look at 600 displayed models made of different materials, some to be worn during the daytime, others for grand events, like the evening and theater toques.
But the Museums Mazzucchelli are not opening only for Made in Vintage. You can visit the Museum of Fashion and Costume all year round, as a matter of fact. And perhaps the Museum of Wine and Bottle Openers too hosted in the adjacent room, for our husbands who are coming along with us and are not mad about shopping like us.
Don't worry if you've missed this chance: you can take advantage of a trip to Lake Garda for the Vintage Design & Fashion Market on May 19 and 20 in Gardone Riviera, or even later on October 21, same location, for the Vintage Market.