Sandro Botticelli self portrait

Sandro Botticelli

Alessandro Filipepi was born in Florence in the quarter of Santa Maria Novella near the Arno river.

Alessandro’s father, Mariano Filipepi, was a tanner and was aided in his trade by his proximity to the Arno. In an income tax return dating to 1458, Mariano stated that he had 4 sons: Giovanni, Antonio, Simone and Alessandro (nicknamed Sandro).

Some dresses in the Costume Gallery

The Costume Gallery

Only one museum in Italy is dedicated entirely to the history of fashion, and it is no coincidence that the Costume Gallery is located in Florence. This Italian city boasts a prestigious tradition in fashion, for which it is famous around the world.