The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum is a corporate museum dedicated to the history of the Ferragamo company, the life of its founder, Salvatore Ferragamo and his creations.
The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum was born in May 1995 on the initiative of the Ferragamo family with the desire to make the artistic qualities of Salvatore Ferragamo known to the public all over the world and the role he has played in the history not only of footwear, but also of international fashion. Like most corporate museums, the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and the archive connected to it were born from the vision of the entrepreneur, in our case Wanda Ferragamo, Salvatore's widow and at the helm of the company since 1960, the year of the founder's death. , with her six children. In particular, it was Fiamma Ferragamo, the eldest of the brothers, who became the spokesperson for this project within the family, making use of the technical skills of historians and archivists.
The first idea of the museum originated during the organization of the first exhibition dedicated to the history of Salvatore Ferragamo which was held at Palazzo Strozzi in 1985. Over time, the exhibition has become itinerant, hosted by the most important museums in the world, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Sogetsu Kai Foundation in Tokyo, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Over time, the exhibition project has turned into a permanent initiative with the establishment of the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in 1995. Since the mid-nineties there have been many initiatives and exhibitions conceived and organized by the museum with the intent not to only to tell the story of a man, but also to express the company's openness and interest in the most current and significant phenomena of the contemporary world, which from art, design, entertainment, costume, communication , from information, they extend their influence to the style and forms of dressing and living .
To confirm the cultural value of the institution, in 1999 Salvatore Ferragamo received the coveted Guggenheim Prize for Business and Culture, awarded to companies that each year distinguish themselves for important investments in the cultural field. Starting from 2006, in order to make the life of the museum as dynamic as that of the company, it was decided to select a different research theme each year, which, starting from Salvatore Ferragamo's experience, from the history of his life, from his creations, from his clientele and from the values he believed in, allows us to investigate the Ferragamo world in a transversal way, combining it with other areas such as art, architecture, design, economic and social history and philosophy. Each time the museum looks different. The set-up changes and the contents change.