Born in the mainland, as the Venetians call the Venetian hinterland, Francesco as a child he had a passion for the costume. From Zorro to the Hussar the step is short, the preparation of carnival costume undertook the entire year, while following his course of studies and making life choices far from the professional world of historic costumes. But passions, when they are truthful, cannot be held, so Francesco, with full help and supporto from his wife, leaves a secure job in publishing to begin the adventure in the world of costumes.From November 26th 1994 twenty years have passed. Twenty years of satisfactions, fears, and sharing. Sharings with thousands of customers and friends from all over the world that encourage him to continue in this wonderful adventure exporting Francesco’s creations in stages, buildings and public and private collections of the most far countries.Twenty years of continuous study and maturation, during which the innate taste was joined in tailoring techniques increasingly superfine and the rediscovery of a forgotten cut from centuries recovered not only with patience, but also with the innate ability to adapt the story to the body of today. Here lies the difficult task which Francesco confronts every day: combining his taste and history with the dream of those who will wear the clothes. A task that twenty years of success encourage us to carry on.
Twenty years ago the story of Atelier Pietro Longhi began. A story of hard choices in the name of quality, craftsmanship, costume culture. For this reason the Atelier is listed in the most important city guides as a reference for luxury craftsmanship bound for the estimators of the piece.In the worldwide bestseller “Inferno” by Dan Brown the bashful spirit of Francesco Briggi is well expressed, and his passion for creation can only happen in the great tailoring immersed in the nineteenth-century barn that also houses the only headgear of all the Veneto area. Summarize the history of the workshop is impossible, at least as much to say which is the most beautiful dress (“the next one” as Francesco always says!).From the continuous presence on the stage of the most prestigious Venice Carnival to the most important events that take place in the city, under the aegis of the institutions most caring of the preservation of quality craftsmanship, to construction of museum exhibits and implementation of events that will promote the workshop itself.
The latest adventure of the Atelier Pietro Longhi was the acquisition of a moulding machine spanning over 100 years. The old hatter asked Francis if he wanted to continue with this tradition, or if the machine were to be donated to a museum.It was not easy, either adapt an old machine to the needs of today’s health and safety, or learn a new technique and acquire a centuries-old craftsmanship… Thanks to the passion of Annamaria for accessories we have taken the plunge, and till today the moulding machine in Atelier Pietro Longhi is the only one operating in Veneto, and since more than ten years, thanks to the skill of Francis and Anna, provides hats to re-enactors and collectors from all over Europe.
Distinguished for scientific research and reference point for teachers , students and professors Italian and European Atelier Pietro Longhi has collaborated with different cultural institutions and museums ; offering not only the service rental of costumes , but also the media support for the full realization of permanent and temporary exhibitions . Often the Atelier organizes meetings about fashion and its history in Venice (hotel or palaces) or abroad. By working with models or with the help of some dummies, the costumes come to life and are explained to the audience. In this way guests can see the evolution of fashion and, at the same time, can live an unique experience. Here are just a few of the museums we have worked with:
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Comune di Cimadolmo, allestimento museo San Michele di Piave
Comune di Valstagna, allestimento “museo della carta alle Grotte di Oliero
“Museo del Castello di Malconsiglio”, Miglionico-Matera
FINBARD SPA: “Forte Bard” riproduzione filologica di uniformi sabaude
Change Performing Arts srl, “Option of luxury”
Museo Castello del Buonconsiglio, Trento
“L’abbigliamento italiano nei secoli” Seoul, Corea del Sud
“Il potere nei secoli”, Castello Brandolini-Colomban, Cison di Valmarino, Treviso
“Venezia, l’arte e il suo carnevale maschere e costumi”, Buenos Aires Argentina
“Il carnevale di Venezia: Its Costumes & Masks” San Francisco, California
The dress takes on its full meaning only when worn, and that is why with the help of Raffaele Dessì, long time partner of the Atelier, we develop private celebrations and public reenactement with the aim of recreating moments of fun, where the exclusive music, dance, theater and fashion become one to create unforgettable moments.
In the halls of palaces all over Europe, in Italian squares and museums, the staff of Atelier Pietro Longhi deals with treating from the preparation of the halls, to creating menus, to the writing of texts and directing that will shape the entire event, every time different, because different is the spirit, the place, and the theme of the celebration itself.
Here are some of the public events we attended and very often completely organized:
Carnevale di Venezia, Regata Storica di Venezia Festa del “Redentore”
Rievocazione Storica “Il passaggio di Caterina di Svezia a Ficarolo”
Rievocazione storica “Venezia 1848: i luoghi e i racconti”
Rievocazione storica “La festa del Duca: sipari ducali”. Urbino, two editions
Rievocazione storica “Alla corte del Doge”, city of Este, Padova, four editions
Opening of Museo dell’Aria, “Marengo 2000”
For private events you may see the pictures, and we invite you to those to come!
Increasingly the Atelier collaborates with international production houses for making documentaries, short films, services, which demand the expertise of the staff, not only for the supply of costumes, but also to check the consistency of the sets about furniture and accessories, and the storyboard itself.
Here are just a few of the latest production companies for which we have worked: RAI 1, RAI 5, RAI 3, RAISAT, Arté (France), ZDF, ORF, France Press, Cineroma, Miramedia GmbH, BBC, National Geographic, SAT 2000, Terzomillennio, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Sky TV. “La Venexiana” film by P. Squitieri with C. Cardinale
“Il Giovane Casanova” TV movie with Stefano Accorsi
“La magnifica preda” TV movie
G2 Communication, “Millennium” non stop TV show on New Year’s Eve 1999 for RAI, RAISAT. Venezia, Dicembre 1999. “The Venice Project” film presentet at Mostra del Cinema di Venezia 1999 and in Cannes Film Festival 2000.
Directed by R. Dornheailm, with L. Bacall, D. Hopper, B. Cross, M. Maestro, D. Stokwell, A. Galiena, L. Rodge.
The Atelier has also collaborated to the following theatre productions : “Turandot” by G. Puccini, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by G. Rossini, “La Traviata” by G. Verdi. “Serva Padrona” “Lo schiaccianoci” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, by G. Rossini,