The pieces on display, which were all donated, include the magnificent dresses of Rosa Geroni, who was considered the godmother of Italian fashion in the early twentieth century; there are the tunics that Fortuny made especially for Eleonora Duse and the legendary gowns of the noblewoman Donna Franca Florio.
Some very rare pieces were donated by Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini, a collector and regular presence on catwalks and backstage, and others were donated by the fashion designers Susan Nevelson and Lietta Cavalli. Along the winding staircase in the ballroom you can admire evening dresses designed by Gucci, Versace and Cavalli, which the divine Patty Pravo donated to the museum. These are the costumes worn by the Pravo, a Venetian singer, during her three appearances at the Sanremo Festival.
Jewelry made of non-precious materials and costume jewelry are on display, given by Flora Wiechmann Savioli and Angela Caputi, respectively. Nine wedding gowns represent brides. Also of interest are weavings by women from Rwanda that designers made into jewelry. These pieces and accessories overflow with inspiration, embodying the strong spirits of very different women, each of whom made her mark on the twentieth century in their own unique way.