The carnival in Venice is first mentioned in records from the year 1094. It flourished in the 18th century. The Venetians have always celebrated their carnival with great enthusiasm. It lasts eleven days and has developed into one of the most famous festivals in the world. The carnival served to ridicule the established upper class. The historical backdrop of the city rounds off the peculiarity of the Venetian carnival. Its revival in the mid-1970s led to the revival of various crafts threatened with extinction. The costumes of the special exhibition come from a private collection and were made to measure by the best craftsmen of their trade.