Promoted by ” Rialto mio”, with the patronage of the Veneto Region, on Saturday 16 October 2021, was commemorated the arrival of Sebastiano Venier in Venice after the victory in the naval battle of Lepanto.
History has given numerous readings to this event. So we decided to recall a moment of history, to stimulate discussion and reflection on the Venetian naval capacity and on the importance of the ports of the Serenissima in the Mediterranean Sea after the discovery of the Americas.
The celebration was divided into three main moments: a conference held in Vicenza, where various scientist illustrated the scenographic machines created to celebrate the winner and the victory, followed by the triumphal arches in marble (still present in Vicenza) and the numerous paintings celebratory that still embellish salons throughout Europe. This was followed by a meeting where the mayor of the city of Messina (the first port that welcomed and sheltered the ships of the Holy League) and the representative of the city of Lepanto talked about their relationship with the memory of the battle, which took place. concluded with a great historical reenactment.
Sixty costumes made in a philological way by Francesco Briggi, following the descriptions of Grevembroch, Pagan and Vecellio, were worn by as many reenactors, each with its own role. In this way, for the first time more than 200 years after the fall of the Republic of Venice under the artistic direction of Dr. Dessì, directed by dr. Giusto, the ducal procession of the Serenissima has come back to life in its late 1500s form, the golden age of the Venetian Renaissance.
In the halls of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, in Castelforte San Rocco and finally at the Basilica dei Frari to end in the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, the procession of the Doge and that of the Dogaressa have developed paths and positions as the rigid ceremonial of Venice would have required. Renaissance, offering the public and scholar a stimulus for deep study about Venetian culture.
1600 is the culmination of the Venetian Renaissance, but is also the years since the foundation of the Serenissima. This is how birthday and rebirth coincide, and Heureka hotel decide to celebrate Venice, but also all those who love it.
A party out of the ordinary, where fire and water have come together. Where a young Europe asks Venice how to lead people in peace, and the Serenissima teaches her to appreciate gifts, to enjoy exchanges without preferences. Vulcano, Neptune, Venice and her heralds will build a better present for young Europe, looking towards the future of rebirth, with a surprise ending. After a walk through Venetian streets and squares, the doors of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia opened to welcome us, and then toast in the most original square in the entire city!
Thanks to Hotel Heureka for promoting and hosting the event, Simone Padovani for the photographs, Crisam make-up service for the artists’ make-up. Cover image graphic elaboration by Raffaele Dessì on an image by Pierluigi Lucietto
At the presentation of the shorter version on ZDF, the German national network, on Sunday 12 September 2021, over eight million Germans were able to learn something about the life of Galileo Galilei, the great Italian scientist and philosopher of the 17th century. Thanks to the costumes of Francesco Briggi, the spectators were able to review the life of the time, illustrated by Dr. Dessì, interviewed as the Italian costume historian. The work of disseminating the culture of fashion and costume carried out by the Atelier Pietro Longhi continues also in an academic form.
For those who know German here is the link to the documentary directly on the ZDF website:
for our French friends:
There is no better way to celebrate Venice’s birthday than to remember the great innovations and projects that were born in the lagoon.
We provided the costumes for some videos shot for Bottega Cini and The Merchant of Venice about the great Venetian perfumers.
The history of perfume and spices in Europe is inextricably linked to Venice, and as often happened in the city, women were protagonists and entrepreneurs who developed projects whose repercussions we can see till today. The first protagonist is Maria Agyros, granddaughter of the emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire and then a Byzantine princess, who brought the use of perfume to Venice. The second Isabella Cortese, the first who took care to create real beauty creams and perfumes, mother of modern cosmetics, and finally Caterina Gennari, who, distilling grappa in the city, gave her nephew the idea to make the first cologne , ancestor of all modern perfumes.
Three short videos, with texts edited and read by Pieralvise Zorzi, directed by Tommaso Giusto for Veneta Video, with costumes and accessories made by Francesco Briggi.
The cultural projects about the history of fashion by Atelier Pietro Longhi continues. Following the request of the cultural association Giulietta e Romeo, of Montecchio Maggiore, we recorded three short clips that explain the fashion in late XVth century in an accessible way, to be showed during a live event that involved both actors and different performers,
Thanks to the collaboration with Tommaso Giusto of Veneta Video, three short interventions were born, shot inside the atelier structures, which showed not only where a costumes are made, but also the study and care behind them.
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Carnival 2021 was very strange. For safety reasons, carnival could not be held in Piazza San Marco, but we all needed joy and lightheartedness. So, since most of the activities were already traveling on the internet, Vela made a courageous decision: to create a digital schedule that would allow all Venice Carnival lovers to experience the most awaited party of the year!
To Atelier Pietro Longhi was asked to create fashion stories that reflected the spirit of the carnival, and so we found ourselves telling our “fashion stories” in a light way. Paying attention to respect the spirit of each era, but at the same time saving the Venetian carnival and opening the space that hosted it, Ca ‘Vedramin Calergi.
Francesco Briggi was almost every day in the studio and told live anecdotes and participated with his proactive and ironic spirit, in the creation of memorable moments, combining culture and sartorial skills with entertainment!
On our Instagram you can find all the clips in the album history in evidence: Carnevale 2021!
A month of filming in Veneto, Tuscany and Lazio to follow the most important scientist of all time: Galileo Galilei. He introduced the scientific method, in a society where censorship opposed scientific innovation. In the Baroque Italy of Bernini and Borromini, among the innovative works of Caravaggio, the noble Galileo lived in several courts. Among which the Medici’s , the one of the Doge of Venice, and Pope Barberini’s, the protector who abandoned him to build the “Baroque Rome”.
A long documentary, commissioned for Atlantis Film, will be distributed on the ZDF and Arte channels, was written and directed by Eike Schmitz, with interviews by Sybille Aderi, Raffaele Dessì, Tim Florian Horn. A big challenge for Francesco Briggi who had to create costumes that showed an evolution of fashion of almost eighty years in an Italy that was changing the history of art, architecture and painting. Thanks to his knowledge and culture, he showed that Atelier Pietro Longhi remains a point of reference for international productions as an ambassador of Venetian craftsmanship, taste and quality.
No more than a year ago, due to the pandemic that devastated the life of the entire planet, we had to change the way we live, communicate and create culture. In July 2020 we were involved in the first major post-pandemic production that was made in Italy, concerned a cultural program that brought museums and collection that were closed to the public into the homes of Italians. Thanks to Cesare Bocci, the RTI production, the director Roberto Burchielli and the authors of Real Life Television has therefore taken shape the episode on Venice of the “Viaggio nella grande bellezza” (Voyage into Great Beauty), broadcast on channel 5, with a maximum share that exceeded 10%. right in the part dedicated to the important city museum.
Dr. Dessì developed, in agreement with the production and the authors, a different way of presenting the fashion of the second half of the 1700s and one of the most important museums in the city, leaving the academic role wearing clothes and accessories that would bring the viewer directly to the baroque period. Paintings, furnishings, original architecture together philological reproductions of clothes and accessories therefore presented an era that from Ca’ Rezzonico, the XVIIIth century museum in Venice, then moved to the café that most of all represents serenissima: the Florian, which in 2020 celebrated its 300th anniversary.
For the presentation, special costumes were used, designed and realized by Francesco Briggi thanks the choice of each material and detail: the satin and silk lampas of Rubelli were flanked by the silk and cotton damasks of Como, the ancient hand-made laces to the glass micro-bead embroidery of the ‘impiraressa Marisa Convento. Dresses born from a choral work to show how costume is the art that involves all manufacturing traditions and the taste of a people, and at a single glance it is able to recreate and explain a culture that would otherwise be impossible to show.
An extract of the episode can be seen by following this link:
“Antonio Vivaldi, master of the four seasons”
Vivaldi’s music contains three of the fundamental ingredients of the Italian style: imagination, emotion and temperament.
For this the Venetian composer is now known all over the world; his music is played everywhere, from the elevators to the opera stages, as well adapted to techno and rock concerts as it is guarded by purist ensembles. Vivaldi is acclaimed everywhere as the “pop star” of classical music, yet the man behind the music is still an enigma. Little is known about his life, but in recent years more and more documents have emerged that shed light on his personal history. For the first time, a documentary, which will shortly be broadcast on German and French television in prime time, will analyze the life of the mysterious “red priest”. The film shows how he managed to make his way to the rich European aristocracy, describing his rapid rise and abrupt fall that ended in Vienna. A journey through the time of the opulent Venetian Baroque, a look at the genius personality. A story of sheet music and intrigue of the first “Rockstar” in the history of music. Venice, the protagonist of the documentary as the muse of the great musician and in the sets, has always been the capital of high fashion and entire chapters of the history of fashion have been written among the Venetian canals and palaces. Meters of silk and gold will show all the Venetian craftsmanship which, synonymous with beauty and quality, continues to create magic and stimulate creativity. Involved in the making of the precious documentary first of all Francesco Briggi, tailor and costume designer of the numerous sets, and also:
Eike Schmitz: founder of Atlantis-film is a documentary maker who has been producing and directing documentaries distributed on the German national network and various national European networks for over thirty years. From the most powerful rulers of all time to the most famous cheaters, through architects, musicians and explorers, there is no story worth telling that Eike has not deepened and transformed into a journey through time and places where they really are. events happened. Nature and history are its distinctive note, perfection and culture its characteristic feature.
Sokol Prekalori: Graduated with maximum marks in 95 at the Conservatory of Cuneo, at the age of 25 first violin of the orchestra de municipalidad of Buenos Aires, he lives in Venice where he works as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, he collaborates with the orchestra of the Gran Teatro alla Fenice, Giuseppe Verdi of Trieste and Arena of Verona.
Raffaele Dessì: thanks to his preparation that ranges from music to art, from philosophy to science, moved by boundless curiosity and a culture in continuous formation, for years he has been offering consultancy for the production of cultural events, careful re-reading of documentary scripts , preparation of film sets. Now in his third experience with Atlantis film, which joins those with National Geographic, Arté Francia, Rai Storia, Canale 5, he is now working on a documentary on the life of Galileo Galilei, as well as writing a text on evolution of Venetian architecture in its staterooms.
Thomas Bresinsky: is a director of photography and full-service producer of numerous prime time television programs for stations such as ZDF, ARD, ARTE and CCTV (China) with diverse topics ranging from arts, history, science and commercials. His exceptional expertise in lighting and visual storytelling ensures breathtaking high quality images.
Thanks to the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, which would have welcomed us in its prestigious and wonderful venue for the Italian presentation of this documentary: a tribute to Venice made in Venetian places. Unfortunately the premiere was canceled due to having to comply with the laws regarding the containment of the spread of Covid19, but the happiness of having dreamed of such a beautiful project together that will be the bridge for new experiences remains!
An foolish and atypical carnival, that of 2020, which we will certainly remember for a long time! Started with great enthusiasm and desire to forgot the high tide of November 2019, it ended two days in advance due to the great pandemic that changed the habits of the whole planet. Yet Venice, which is the city par excellence that over the centuries has been able to deal with environmental disasters and plagues, has not counted damage, and the carnival leaves us only beautiful memories.
The memories began in the square, with the fly of eagle: a crazy samurai bearer of a love message, welcomed by a beautiful carnival godmother who embodied the baroque spirit of the carnival with its unique beauty and sympathy! The stage, animated by the Pantakin company, dressed in the spectacular clothes of Francesco Briggi, cheered up for almost two weeks from the most famous stage in the world. Could not miss the cultural appointment with the “Marie del Carnevale”, who were able to exclusively visit the Museum of Palazzo Grimani, and finally two private events organized inside the city hotels … Our chocolate is unfortunately skipped, but this pushes us to think about that for next year, which will be even more spectacular and fun!
Let’s retrace our memories together, here and on our facebook and Instagram pages!
Atelier Pietro Longhi is directly involved in the organization of events during the carnival, full of elegance and fun!
The first in order of time will be a beautiful dinner at the Hotel Heureka, a Renaissance treasure chest that preserves works of contemporary art where we will celebrate Valentine’s night!
Amor Sacro and Amor Profano will meet to advise the young Apollo on how to live love. Immersed in beauty, art, music and fun, we are waiting for you for an unforgettable evening.
From a collection of contemporary art we will move to the most famous Venetian art collection of the past: the Grimani statuary.
On Monday 17th February at 5:00 pm the Marys will meet the Grimani collection. The “Marie of the Carnival” will be welcomed thanks to an extraordinary opening of the museum, where you can only enter by reservation for a very limited number of places, and you will visit the collection with a dedicated guide and follow a dance and Renaissance music show.
Last appointment is the traditional Chocolate organized by atelier! We will return to the Nani Mocenigo Palace Hotel, where, immersed in beauty, we will enjoy dancing, music and fun.
Three appointments of which we have the direction, to which are added those where we are suppliers for clothes under particular conditions such as:
the parties involving the members of the Save Venice foundation,
the official parties of the Carnevale di Venezia,
the party of the Hotel Heureka.
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The only way to live the Venice Carnival is to wear a wonderful dress, feeling for a day protagonist of your dreams! Atelier Pietro Longhi’s staff do his best to give you the most beautiful of memories.
You can choose one of our costumes online, following the indications on the website:
or come to visit us in our temporary show room. To offer you a unique experience this year the atelier from February 5th will be inside the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, where costumes and accessories await you to be tried!
We are waiting for you in San Polo 2454, and we always answer at the number +39 041 714 478
The only official party of the Venice Carnival is held at Palazzo Vedramin Calergi.
The most beautiful palace on the Grand Canal, designed in the Renaissance embellished until the end of the 19th century, hosts a delicious placé dinner and entertainment with internationally renowned artists. The only obligation to participate is to be in costume, and Atelier Pietro Longhi, official supplier for years, offer a discount to all guests of the Official Dinner!
To book the evening or for more information visit the website:
Present the coupon that will be sent to you when booking the party and book your costume: a discount will be applied to you!
More information on rental can be found on the website www.aplshop.it
ph: courtesy VELA
After the 1966 flooding the American community founded an association that had as its goal the recovery of funds to restore works of art of the martyred city.
Once the emergency was over, the foundation decided to carry out other restoration projects, widening the number of members to all lovers of Venice, adopting works of art that needed urgent maintenance and restoration, to bring them back to life thanks to the spontaneous commitment of supporters.
This year there was a new “Acqua Granda”, a fooding. Like 53 years ago, on November 13th, Venice woke up on its knees. Many historic buildings damaged, most of the city’s artisan realities unable to continue their work.
You can imagine with how much pride we announce that, on the proposal of the Foundation, a part of the rental of the carnival costumes for the associates, will be devolved to the Foundation that will use them for interventions in Venice.
Atelier Pietro Longhi, always attentive to Venetian know-how and culture, is therefore happy to announce this precious collaboration, because by saving the intangible asset “Carnival”, it will contribute to the rebirth of Venetian material goods that build the dreams of people all over the world.
To book a costume you can visit the site:
and follow the indications!
The Atelier Pietro Longhi costumes warehouse has temporarily left the Venice Historic Center to approach the laboratories, which for the past seven years have been located in Noale.
It was now impossible to manage the large clientele of the tailor’s shop, the rentals for the numerous productions in the mainland, the exhibitions that are continuously organized on the national territory and the numerous fairs that Francesco and Anna animate throughout Europe. The movement of costumes with their accessories created too many transport and logistics problems. Naturally in February 2020, in conjunction with the carnival, the entire Pietro Longhi Atelier will return to Venice, in the most prestigious of the venues, the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, where you can find us with all our products for sale and rent from February 3 to 3rd March.
Customers who do not reach us at fairs or flea markets will be able to find our products on the e-commerce website
It is possible to visit the headquarters in Noale, where in addition to production there is a small showroom, but it will be necessary to make an appointment. The contacts remain the same, so for any information we are at your disposal!
See you soon, Francesco, Anna and Raffaele.
A costume is worn not to cover yourself, but to show how you feel inside!
A Renaissance lady, a dancer at the court of the Sun King, a baroque queen or a nineteenth-century lady; everything is possible wearing a dress by the Atelier Pietro Longhi!
Here are some photos of the carnival, where friends could enjoy the pleasant experience of being … themselves for a day thanks to the creations of Francesco Briggi and the beautiful locations in Venice!
Thanks to Pierluigi Lucietto, Sergio Emilio, Marco Sabadin / Vela for the photographs and to our models Erika Chia, Anna Bardi, Giulia Boscolo, Valeria Moccia, Andrea Corrente, Roberta Barbiero!
Location: Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, Museo di Casa Goldoni, Hotel Eureka.
After the carnival, begin Atelier Pietro Longhi’s appointments for the dissemination of the Italian culture of the handmade. Francesco and Anna Briggi, that are one of the most important representatives artisans in the world of re-enactment, are involved in many markets around Europe!
Here you have our next appointments, ranging from France, Germany, the Netherlands! Follow us, and of course order the unique products that distinguish Atelier Pietro Longhi’s quality brand!
First appointment is Armi & Bagagli, the Piacenza fair that recalls re-enactors from northern Italy, Switzerland, France and Spain. An unmissable event for those wishing to complete their own clothes!
After let see at Marché de l’Histoire de Compiègne, 13 e 14 April 2019
Another Italian appointment: Eliopoli, Terra di confine.
Re-enactment of the XVII cent. and artisan market 26/27/28 April 2019. Terra del Sole, Castrocaro Terme
Historisches Burgfest in Burghausen
First international event: Historisches Burgfest in Burghausen, Re-enactment of the Renaissance and artisan market, 13/14 Luglio 2019. Burghausen (D)
Zeitreise ins 18. Jahrhundert
You will find us also in the biggest re-enactment appointment for the Baroque period in Zeitreise ins 18. Jahrhundert, 10/11 August 2019. Scloss Fasanerie, Fulda (D)
Lebendige Barocktage Schloss Bueckeburg
Re-enactment of the XVIII cent. and artisan market, 7/8 Settembre 2019,Bueckeburg (D)
Marché de l’histoire
artisan market for re-enactors 5/6 Ottobre 2019, Minden (D)
De Slag om Grolle
re-enactment of the XVII cent. and artisan market, 18/19/29 Ottobre 2019, Groenlo (N)
Last appointment is “Usi & Costumi”, in Ferrara (Italy), the 9th and 10th of November, a multi era market.
“We are made of the same substance of dreams”
To book our clothes you can visit the e-commerce site www.aplshop.it
… so l’et’s shape our desires, transform them into reality in the city where everything is possible! Marble palaces built on the water, frescoes that continuously change shape and colors thanks to the reflections of the lagoon.
Venice is the only place where you can be yourself wearing clothes from other eras: you can be a medieval knight who fights dragons and wins battles, a Renaissance lady with rich clothes, or a baroque courtesan with her company of worshipers.
In Venice dreams are reality and Atelier Pietro Longhi offers everyone the chance to dream!
The Atelier Pietro Longhi is the only private atelier that can boast the entire reproduction of the Venetian Dogal Court of the second half of the 1500s.
Taken from the famous print kept at the Museo Correr in Venice, over 80 costumes recreate the most important moment of the Venetian public ceremony. of the Renaissance, when the Doge showed himself with his triumphs in Piazza San Marco.
Exposed twice in public, the first time in Pordenone, the second in the halls of the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, requiring large spaces. For this reason usually the entire exhibition was chartered for historical re-enactments, thus giving life to completely made clothes and accessories by Francesco and Anna Briggi.
The 2019 Carnival loves the Atelier Pietro Longhi’s costumes.
With great pleasure we have dressed the actors of the theater company “Pantakin da Venezia”, a group of great professionals that every day, thanks to a decade of experience, managed to animate the most famous stage of the most famous city in the world.
This year the carnival opened with the flight of two angels, and Francesco created the “Angelo guerriero” (Warrior Angel) a warrior suit that has a particular meaning because it was worn by Micol Rossi, ex Maria of the Carnival, who asked to make this flight for to be able to give visibility to her illness, bringing the courage to smile and face life to the sky above Venice, even though life also reserves us nasty surprises.
The Sunday after the official carnival continued with the dressing of the Eagle: Arianna Fontana, an Olympic sportswoman with the most prestigious medal for Italian winter sports. A girl who, despite the determination necessary to win numerous competitions, has not lost her human side, and with kindness and expansiveness: she has given smiles, photographs and hugs to the Piazza San Marco that hailed her!
As per tradition, the Venice carnival closes with the proclamation in Piazza San Marco of the Maria of the Year, dressed in a fifteenth-century style dress made by Francesco Briggi. Linda Pani gave the appointment next year to a packed square that greeted “Messer Carnovale”.
Our thanks for sharing these moments goes to Vela and to all the immense staff behind the organization at the world event which is the Carnival of Venice (believe us, there are so many very good professionals and great people who work behind the scenes of a perfect machine from every point of view. The changes are continuous, linked to the safety of the visitors, but also the help they give to the press that make requests from all over the world, so as not to forget the evening events that are held in the Vedramin Calergi palace, the ambassador of Venetian fun in the world where everyone has to be perfect. But carnival is also Vesta, which manages the cleaning of the Piazza, and the security that makes thousands of people stay safe in the most beautiful “dance hall” in the world). How can we forget Red Bull, who offered us hours of music with DJs who came from all over the world to play in the Piazza that in the evening rediscovered his young and goliardic spirit. And Mariagrazia Bortolato with her “Marie del Carnevale”, and the entire city of Venice, represented by the Mayor, tightened around Francesco’s creations making the 2019 carnival unforgettable. Now we are waiting for you in 2020, from 8 to 25 February!
Ten years have passed since the first edition of “Storie di moda”, born from an original idea of Francesco and Raffaele that over the years have involved sponsors and institutions to show the Story in a different way. Through the lenses of fashion, the history of Venice, its architecture, its art, its wars and political changes have been known, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Thanks to the encyclopedic knowledge of fashion and its evolution, other temporary exhibitions have developed from Korea to Argentina, with different themes, such as the symbols of power in Europe, for which precise studies have been done as well as on clothing on jewelry and iconography of different eras. But also of Napoleonic uniforms of different periods and degrees, so as to show the variety of uniformology to its dawn, or single pieces made to illustrate an era to complete a broader discourse.
The atelier therefore offers the complete service of developing a project or supporting an existing project. Historical materials and cutting tare used o explain, in an alternative way, different moments of human evolution, in every aspect and social class.
Do you know that Princess Laila and Battista Sforza Montefeltro have the same hairstyle, or that Jedy is a medieval merchant, that Lady Oscar wears an Austrian uniform instead of a French one? Visiting Atelier Pietro Longhi we will reveal many of the hidden secrets behind the fashion of the capital of western luxury: Venice.
Shooting:ph: Simone Padovani, Location: Hotel Heureka, Makeup: Crisam Makeup Academy, Models: Giulia Boscolo, Luca Costantini
Welcome to the most exclusive party of the Venetian carnival!
Travelers of time and space have gathered on planet Earth, where among acrobats, musicians and players will be able to taste from a rich buffet the divine food of the Terrans and drink the nectar of the vines that brings joy! You can decide to be Lady Oscar defending the king from the Black Lady, or a Reptilian ready to do anything to have his Paolina Bonaparte, or Queen Marie Antoinette with her sailing ship …
Everything is possible in the oldest city of the future!
Ph: Simone Padovani
Location: Hotel Heureka, Venezia
Makeup: Crisam Makeup Accademy
Models:Anna Bardi, Vanessa Busca, Giulia Boscolo, Elisa Costantini, Luca Costantini, Luca Garbin, Gaetano Tizzano