The exhibition , which took shape following the establishment of a technical table on the theme of historical dress in Puglia, which saw the participation of various museums and territorial associations dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of historical clothing, will be open to visitors at the Hall Bona Sforza and the Norman Room of the Castle . Its purpose is to give cultural importance to an important part of the identity heritage of the Apulian territory, capable of restoring the atmospheres, styles and tastes of different historical periods through clothes.
Faced with the growing need to enjoy the cultural heritage in a participatory and dynamic way, the recovery, recognition, protection and enhancement of historical costumes and clothes from collections owned by both public and private, allow to promote and encourage the creation, the communication and dissemination of tourist-cultural itineraries that are increasingly captivating and engaging for visitors.
The exhibition focuses on the gala dress , that of parties , dances and ceremonies , with some examples also for men, in precious fabrics such as satin and damask silk, velvet, pékin, tulle, silk crêpe, with decorations and applications in lace, lace, trimmings. There are also walking and cocktail dresses , accompanied by scarves and stoles, 'jewel' bodices, furs, and, finally, also some wedding dresses.
The periods represented are the nineteenth and twentieth centuries up to the ' 60s-'70s , with a brief excursus into the men's eighteenth century represented by the “ Jatta ” clothes.
Ornaments such as tabliers, bows, poufs, plissé, crinolines and trains typical of the nineteenth century, join those that marked the so-called modernity at the turn of the two centuries, such as muslin and lace adorned with silks, sequins, jets and rhinestones, to get up to to those of the 60s of the twentieth century, in a constant evolution of styles and manufactures, still artisanal, but which increasingly insert fashion in the wider social and generational change that will lead to globalization.
The restorations and maintenance of the clothes by Maria Stragapede, Monica Cannillo and Nicoletta Vicenzi were admirable, testifying unique passion, knowledge and craft. A fundamental contribution to the set-up was that of the ETRA ets Association of Luciano Perrone for the coordination and preparation of the windows of the Norman Room and of the DZ Engeenering for the arrangement of the lights. The photographs were made by Beppe Gernone.
Attentive participation in the technical table was given by the Department of Tourism, Economics of Culture and Valorisation of the Territory of the Puglia Region, in the person of Daniela Ventrelli.
The exhibition can be visited with the same entrance ticket to the Castle, with the same access procedures and according to the current timetables.