ARCHIVIO

The Fashion Issue

The Fashion Issue

Abstract

Here begins the third cycle of ARCHIVIO: four thematic issues, each edited by a Guest Editor specialized in the field in order to have an expert eye to open the doors of the archives and show you where to look in these vast worlds.
The first, ARCHIVIO N°9, is dedicated to Fashion, with Stefano Tonchi—curator and journalist in the field of fashion—as Guest Editor-in-Chief, joined by Marco Pecorari—Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Director of the MA in Fashion Studies at Parsons Paris. Editorial direction is by Daniela Hamaui, while the art direction is by Alessandro Gori. For our cover, we asked artist Francesco Vezzoli to create a portfolio that would put fashion archives in conversation with Pop Culture.
ARCHIVIO N°9, 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 sections: ‘Public & Institutional’, ‘Brands & Strategies’, ‘Private & Personal’. It also includes a special poster: an (in)complete mapping of the countless fashion archives in Italy. A research by Promemoria, ARCHIVIO’s publisher, visually processed by Accurat. The result is a map that is also a small work of art.

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“Fashion archives are always changing, creating new narratives and relationships, always moving. They are living archives.”

“Fashion archives are always changing, creating new narratives and relationships, always moving. They are living archives.”

Stefano Tonchi,
Guest Editor-in-Chief

Glimpse of the Month

Archives are spectral spaces where the past haunts the present and suggests a possible future. We evoked this potential in photographic interpretations of Armani’s key archival pieces that perform and magnify the meaning of clothing in the archive. Shot by Filippo Tarentini and curated by Robert Rabensteiner, these images take us to the Armani/Silos where a large part of the physical and digital archive of the brand Armani are displayed and staged.

In these pages, we witness the allusions to a history of silhouettes while we are confronted with the shadows of Giorgio Armani’s seminal work in contemporary fashion.

Left:  Giorgio Armani, Fall/Winter, 2012-13;
Right:  Giorgio Armani, Fall/Winter, 1989-90
Left: Giorgio Armani, Fall/Winter, 2012-13; Right: Giorgio Armani, Fall/Winter, 1989-90
Giorgio Armani, Fall/Winter, 2008-09
Giorgio Armani, Fall/Winter, 2008-09
Giorgio Armani  Spring/Summer, 2008;
Giorgio Armani  Spring/Summer, 2008;
From left, Giorgio Armani, Fall/Winter, 1981-82; Spring/Summer, 1990
From left, Giorgio Armani, Fall/Winter, 1981-82; Spring/Summer, 1990
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