Giovan Battista Alessandro Gerbo (Revigliasco 1884 – Asti 1967), known as Cavaliere Alessandro Gerbo di Variglie, was a cultured eccentric.
He travelled extensively and for some years worked with the House of Savoy, remaining close to the nobles of the waning European monarchies. The room shows his collection, received by the museum between 1955 and 1960, which is part of the textile collecting tradition that evolved in Europe in the last decades of the 19th century.
The collectibles were mainly items produced in the fabric of interest: prized taffetas, satins or embroidered or textured textiles. Garments and vestments might then be taken apart to create samples and fragments for collections, which sought to document the evolution of taste from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, both in the West
and in the East.
The showcases also exhibit finished products so visitors can appreciate an Italian or Spanish bodice dated 1650 – 1675; a dress coat dated 1780 – 1790; a tapestry of the mid-16th century made in Brussels (Allegory of Promise).