Article of Interest – Fashion’s Attics: Italian Fashion Archives

Pucci scarves from the sixties and seventies pour out of a doorway within a nineteenth-century fresco in the Palazzo Pucci, in Florence. “It’s a happy brand,” Laudomia Pucci, the family archivist, says.  Photograph by Lorenzo Vitturi.

Wallace-Wells, Benjamin et al. “Fashion’s Attics”.  The New Yorker. N.p., 2017. Web. 14 Mar. 2017.

“In Italy, the state is weak and the family is strong, so it’s logical that, when it comes to preserving their histories, fashion houses—often second- or third-generation family operations—do it themselves. What to do with bolts of nineteen-fifties tweed so heavy that to wear it in a modern office would court heatstroke? Or fragile sandals made of straw, from the Fascist period, when leather was needed for soldiers’ boots? All’archivio!


Author: Sandra Ley

Sandra Ley is the visual arts and fashion design librarian for Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

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