Palazzo Morando, near Via Sant’Andrea in the beating heart of the Milano Fashion Week, greets its visitors with elegant porticoes, mosaic paving and sumptuous interiors. The palazzo’s architecture fully embodies the sixteenth-century style and heritage of the noble families who resided therein and it still beautifully retains all its unique characteristics.
Palazzo Morando was donated to the city of Milano at the beginning of the twentieth century by Lydia Caprara Morando Bolognini, the intellectual countess and writer who died without heirs. It was only in 2010 that Palazzo Morando also became the premises of the Municipal Museum of Fashion and Costume at which point the palazzo adopted a dual role both as a large Pinacoteca picture gallery housing an important iconographic collection and as a palazzo which conserves and curates sumptuous and precious period costumes. It has over 2000m2 of exhibition space where visitors can browse treasured collections of fabrics, garments and accessories and delve into the splendour of the history of fashion.
Important aristocratic families and literati have inhabited its rooms, such as the Casati dynasty (late 16th century - 1713), the Villa family (1733-1845) and the De Cristoforis family (1845-1877). Each household changed the furnishings and tapestries according to their tastes and needs.