An extraordinary exhibition with more than seventy garments from the world’s most famous collections, fashion houses and costume designers is open at the Palazzo Mocenigo Museum in Venice until 6 January 2013. Textures of fashion – Women and style at the Venice Film Festival is an event offered by the Study Centre for the History of Textiles and Costumes in Venice. This is a unique opportunity to admire the costumes of great films shot in the lagoon city compared with the current fashion which has been inspired by these films and these suggestions and by the precious items conserved in a museum. The exhibition itinerary is a dialogue between the 18th century Andrienne dresses of Palazzo Mocenigo and the dress of the mechanical doll designed by Danilo Donati for Federico Fellini’s Casanova, the precious reinterpretation by Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi destined for a historical event at Palazzo Corsini Palace, and where the delicate evening gowns created by Piero Tosi for Silvana Mangano in Death in Venice or by Sandy Powell for The Wings of the Dove find their declared inspiration in the look most dreamed of by the stylists of today, from Roberto Cavalli to Ermanno Scervino, Francesco Scognamiglio and Giambattista Valli. Nine films for as many female models and historical periods, from Mambo and Summertime to Senso, The Anonymous Venetian, Death in Venice, Casanova, The Talent of Mr. Ripley, The Wings of the Dove and The Tourist. The search for garments, documents, sketches and memorabilia has involved some of the world’s most important costume designers; Oscar winners like Ann Roth, Colleen Atwood and Sandy Powell, made available the heritage of their own archives for the exhibition and the catalogue while, among the great names of Italian style today, Max Mara and Giuseppe Zanotti have offered their know-how to recreate two garments that have disappeared: the coat worn by Florinda Bolkan in The Anonymous Venetian in original 1970s beaver cashmere, and the red suede mules worn by Katharine Hepburn in Summertime, also reinterpreted in a contemporary model.