Atelier Pietro Longhi (VE)
Tucked away in a small alley, Atelier Pietro Longhi is a cult address in Venice for haute-couture historical and theatrical costumes, official partner of the Venice Carnival for some of the most iconic dresses like the one for the “Flight of the Eagle” event and those for the “Feast of the Marie”.
The Atelier was founded in 1994 from the dream of tailor Francesco Briggi that, with the help of his wife Annamaria, driven by an innate passion for costumes and history, decided to open his own workshop named after the painter Pietro Longhi, one of the first artists of the 18th-century to represent everyday life scenes, those same images that today inspired Francesco for his creations. Most of the Atelier’s products are, in fact, perfect reproductions of the most famous historical outfits, conceived after a careful study of original documents and then re-created with the finest fabrics, such as the Rubelli ones, and accessories.
Today, Francesco is increasingly involved in the organisation of exhibitions and shows, where clothes are active part of the performance, thanks to the artistic collaboration with Raffaele Dessì, dancer, architect, choreographer and passionate expert in ancient dances and costume history.
Where: Venice, near the Basilica dei Frari
When: office time, by appointment only
Why: one of the best Venice ateliers of bespoke dressmaking and tailoring of historical costumes
How: book an appointment and let Raffaele turn your dreams into a dress and every outfit into an unforgettable emotion, while enchanting you, très charmant, with fascinating stories about the history of costume