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Archivio – Number 09: The Fashion Issue

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Archivio unique object that aspires to bring to light unpublished fragments and extraordinary stories about archives, giving voice to the materials and the professionals who work there.

Archivio is renewed every 4 issues. It preserves the name, intent and vision, but changes the editorial staff, design and inspirations, in order to always have new and fresh keys of interpretation.

When did fashion become obsessed with its own history?

In the new issue of ARCHIVIO, Guest Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchi, joined by Marco Pecorari, offers a mapping of the fashion archives international landscape at this moment in time and an overview of the many typologies and studies happening in the world we live in, divided in three—very porous—sections: ‘Public & Institutional’, ‘Brands & Strategies’, ‘Private & Personal’.

The first section, ‘Public & Institutional’, includes museums, galleries and other public institutions that collect, archive and show fashion, creating a public institutionalization of fashion in archives and collections. ‘Brands & Strategies’ documents the birth, the evolution and the marketing of the archive of Designers and Brands. The ‘Private & Personal’ section is a space where many new studies on fashion archives are happening, with private collections interacting with personal researches, many focused on the social and political themes of our times, diversity, gender and race.

The Fashion Issue also includes a special poster: an (in)complete mapping of the countless fashion archives in Italy. A research by Promemoria visually processed by Accurat. The result is a map that is also a small work of art.

Language: English