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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student acquires skills and knowledge in the context of socio-historical research concerning the themes that link fashion to cultural heritage in the twentieth century. In particular, he has the ability to apply management theories and methods for the conservation and enhancement of public and private fashion heritage.

Course contents

Fashion and Cultural Heritage: definitions and articulations

Cultural Heritage and Fashion Companies

International Archives, Museums, Galleries of Costume

Methods and analytical approaches

Conservation and enhancement practices

Management of Fashion Cultural Heritage


For attending students

Teaching Materials will be made available by professor at the beginning of the course.

For non-attending students:

M.R. Melchior, B. Svensson (eds.), Fashion and Museum. Theory and Practice, Bloomsbury 2014

F. Sayer, Public History. A practical Guide, Bloomsbury 2015

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, laboratory, seminars and visits to fashion institutions. During the course students will carry on a research on a fashion institution (museum, archive, gallery etc..), in order to learn the methodology of preservation and management of Fashion Cultural Heritage.

During the course a visit to a Fashion Museum and an Archive is expected.

Assessment methods

Attending students: report and presentation of the research  with multimedia tools (power point etc..), during classes will be valid as oral exam.

Non-attending students: oral exam on recommended readings.

Mandatory for all students: a research paper (3000 words) about a fashion institution. The wok must be submitted to the teacher within 15 days before the oral exam

Teaching tools

Multimedia tools

Office hours

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