This is a Magical place...with a capital M. They make the costumes for nearly all the Venetian theatres, Museums, and also for many historical TV and cinema films made in the city. Costumes can be custom made and ordered for the Carnevale. There is even a selection for rent.
VENICE, ITALY - JANUARY 20: Choreographer Raffaele Dessi (L) and tailor Francesco Briggi (R) of the historic atelier Pietro Longhi check few costumes on January 20, 2012 in Venice, Italy. This is one of the busiest periods of the year for the atelier as the next few weeks the streets and canals of Venice will be filled with people attending the carnival, wearing highly-decorative and imaginative carnival costumes and masks.
There is a wide range of costumes available, but the majority are linked to the city's history. They even made a replica of Henry the VIII dress, exactly identical to the original; the only problem is that it weighs in my view more than 3 kilos.
They make the three cornered hats, "zimare" etc etc! Everybody is really lovely, helpful and they have so many stories to tell you that you do now want to leave!