Villa Foscarini Rossi Shoe Museum at Stra is located in a seventeenth century estate by the Brenta River. The 700 m² exhibition area hosts a collection of over 1.500 luxury women’s shoes, all designed and produced by the Rossimoda footwear factory in collaboration with the most prestigious international brands. The Museum, opened in 1995, traces the progress of the company over the years, testifying to the local skills and knowledge of the Riviera del Brenta shoemaking district. It also highlights the evolution of fashion in the second half of the nineteenth century, through that one accessory, the shoe. The values of Made in Italy product (such as harmony, creativity and high quality craftsmanship) can be also seen in the seventeenth century stunning frescoes painted by Domenico de’ Bruni and Pietro Liberi in the Foresteria (Guest Lodge). Furthermore, the over 17.500 shoes of the physical and digital archive are important sources of inspiration for the creative research of all the companies of the district.
Among the iconic items displayed in the Shoe Museum at Stra, there are: Marc by Marc Jacobs’s little mices, Fendi’s suspended heels, some shoes made by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, Kenzo’s architectural footwear, Christian Lacroix’ red heels, Donna Karan’s wedges with stalactites, Porsche Design’s car shoes with the sole that reminds the track of the Pirelli P6 tyre. A precious collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century Venetian footwear is also on show.
Villa Foscarini Rossi Shoe Museum offers a range of educational workshops for schools. The activities are thought for students of all ages and they can be adapted on teachers and students’ specific needs.
Villa Foscarini Rossi, Via Doge Pisani 1/2, Stra (VE)
Tel +39 049 9801091
Fax +39 049 9801589