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MILAN — The Museo del Tessuto (Museum of Textiles), located in Prato, Tuscany, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the temporary exhibition “Heritage. Stories of fabrics and fashion,” which will run through April 30 next year.

Featuring textiles, clothing, accessories, figurines, sketches, books and newspapers that were collected by the museum and donated in the last 40 years, the exhibition explores fashion spanning from the 16th century to the Sixties. Located in the museum’s hall of antique fabrics, the 4,305-square-foot area hosts seven display cases, each dedicated to a different time period.

In occasion of its anniversary, the museum is planning to continue to reach out to a wider audience, moving away from a specialized approach to fabrics to contemporary fashion. Previous exhibitions, which were well received by the public, include “Vintage” and “La camicia Bianca secondo me. Gianfranco Ferré,” which after a stint in Milan’s Palazzo Reale, is currently showing at the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona.

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