90850 - History of Fashion Archives and Heritage

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  • Teacher Gianluigi Di Giangirolamo

  • Credits 6

  • SSD M-STO/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Rimini

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Fashion Cultures and Practices (cod. 9064)


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

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student acquires critical knowledge and applied skills concerning archives for fashion. In particular, he has the ability to apply cataloging and archiving methods for fashion objects, analysed in their historical, economic and cultural context.

Course contents

Archives increasingly play a fundamental role as a strategic tool both in communication and value building for the fashion system brands and in the processes of analysis, study and narration of cultural phenomena related to it. For this reason, the aim of the course is to examine the different forms of preservation of the heritage of fashion between the public and private sectors.

Starting from the evolution of cultural policies at national and international level and in particular from the archive and historical documentation definitions, the technical and theoretical tools essential for the management and organization of the archival heritage will be investigated.

In particular, during the course various case studies of both Italian and French public and private institutions will be examined with the aim of analyzing the different practices and forms of conservation, use and promotion of the heritage of fashion.

Finally, during the lessons, a practical activity is planned in order to develop a web-based research project, aimed at cataloging and using digital archival fashion sources.


1) F. Valacchi, Diventare Archivisti, Editrice Bibliografica, Milano 2015 (only chapters: 4/5/6/7)

2) E. Merlo, M.N. Trivisano, Lo stile italiano nelle carte. Inventario dell’archivio storico della Camera nazionale della moda italiana (1958-1989), Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali Direzione Generale Archivi, 2018 (N.B. for the final exam the study of the Introduction pp.1-52 is required)

Non-attending students are also required to study one of the following texts:

- R. Baglioni e F. Del Giudice (a cura di), L’impresa dell'archivio: organizzazione, gestione e conservazione dell'archivio d'impresa, Firenze, Polistampa, 2012.

- M. Montemaggi, F. Severino., Heritage marketing, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2007.

- S. Vitali, Passato digitale. Le fonti dello storico nell’era del computer, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2004.

- G. Zagra (a cura di), Conservare il Novecento: le carte della moda: Convegno, Ferrara, salone internazionale dell'arte del restauro e della conservazione dei beni culturali e ambientali 3 aprile 2008: atti, Roma, Associazione italiana biblioteche, 2009.

- I. Zanni Rosiello, Gli archivi nella società contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2009.

Further readings will be given during the lessons.

Teaching methods

Lessons and practical activities

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Teaching tools

Multimedia tools

Office hours

See the website of Gianluigi Di Giangirolamo