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Cornucopia. Luxury in the Transylvanian noble world

October 29, 2020 - January 8, 2021

The event that we are proposing is under the sign of luxury and abundance, gathering the most spectacular clothing and ornaments pieces from the premodern collection of the National History Museum of Transylvania and some ornaments belonging to the Făgăraș County Museum “Valer Literat”.

Fashion was and is a means of differentiation, not only a mirror of the social and cultural contrasts but also a brand of identity. Luxury, in general, and clothing in particular, was the prerogative of rich people.

Then as now, luxury meant the quality of execution, unicity, the personalization of the object based on the wishes of the sponsor, and the requirements of the social status were applied beyond the fashion borders, towards the objects having a functional character. The Transylvanian nobility was no more pretentious than the European one. The aristocrats preferred the most spectacular brocades, silk, embroidery, ivory, nacre, gold, precious stones, with the most ingenious work and were willing to spend small fortunes to satisfy their vanity.

The temporary exhibition, organized in the Thomory Tower, on the first floor, can be visited between the 29th of October 2020 and the 8th of January 2021.