Archivio di textile design FRI
Since its establishment in 2015, FRI has decided to invest into the enhancement of the Made in Italy heritage acquiring the corporate archive of an italian textile company made up of 30,000 ancient and modern textile designs, both on paper and fabric. Among the materials, some documents testify the company's history allowing us to reconstruct the processes and professionalism that animated it from the 1970s to the 2000s. Fully cataloged and digitized for an easy consultation, the archive is open to companies, professionals and scholars who want to reintroduce the patterns into the creative and supply chain.
The Foundation has secured in Bologna the corporate archive belonging to a well-known textile company of Milan, contended by many international buyers. Named after its former owner, the Renzo Brandone Fund is made up of 30.000 textile drawings that range from the mid-nineteenth to the twentieth century (including pieces on paper and fabric and wallpapers) and over 5.000 sample books purchased as source of inspiration for creative talents, among which a large Japanese corpus and many rare editions.
The fund contain an endless number of beautiful designs, testimony the best Italian and foreign designers production for the most important fashion brands (Aspesi, Iceberg, La Perla, Les Copains, Loewe, Max Mara, Moschino, Prada, Ralph Lauren and Versace). But the numerical impressiveness of the material also reflect the intact memory of the multi-year activity of the textile company, begun in the mid-1970s and ended in 2013, and testimony the activity of a part of the Made in Italy fashion chain. In fact, in the acquisition, it has been decided to keep the engraved books, from which it is possible to deduce the name of the print shop, the final customer, the chosen point colours, the height and the compositional print scheme of the fabric; the boxes with the test cards; the color variants from which you can understand which fabric and how many pieces were printed and some administrative-accounting documents, which clarify the times, the producers and the clients.
The entire original material is stored in the Foundation within two caveau specially designed to preserve it at controlled temperature and humidity, according to international parameters. Thanks to the technical support of the software house Promemoria, a digital catalog can be consulted at the Foundation’s headquarters through a functional front end. Cataloging, as conceived, wants to photograph and account the whole company and its production process, therefore the sheet has been designed to describe materials in the most complete and punctual way. While considering demanding ministerial standards, it allows an easy consultation thanks to a descriptive system ranging from general to particular: 51 macro-areas divided into 567 linked subcategories, in turn divided into specific areas.
For these reasons the heritage of textile design that FRI makes available to style departments and creative talents will not be the only gift: in its entirety, the Renzo Brandone Fund makes it possible to measure the extent of changes in the fashion and textile design manufacturing sector.
Fondazione Fashion Research Italy
Via del Fonditore, 12
40138 Bologna (BO)
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WHOAccessible only for some categories (like fashion stylists, …)
VISITConsultation by appointment only
EDUCATIONALBoth in june and november FRI provide the specialization course "Fashion Archives: Heritage Management": a two weeks-class that offers to participants an overview of the challenges related to the conservation and communication of a fashion companies’ archives, providing the specific skills needed for its set-up and management through lessons and workshops leaded by professionals fully experienced in the field.
The FRI archive also becomes protagonist of FRIxSCHOOL, a project dedicated to professional institutes in order to offer to the fashion system next operators new opportunities to test their creativity.
Technical Sheets available
Drawings, sketches, models, press samples
30.000 ancient and modern textile drawings both on paper and fabric completely digitized, engrave books, test cards, color charts, books of color variants, sample books and a 5.000 books library.
Technical Sheets available
Support: Material and digital
Includes unique pieces
Size of the archive: 30.000 textile designs, 5000 books
Period: 1840 - 2013