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The most significant collection of fashion publications

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Polimoda’s Library, Centro di Documentazione Matteo Lanzoni, houses the most significant collection of publications on the international fashion industry in Italy. This space serves as a primary source of information and inspiration to students, researchers and professionals.

The library catalog features monographs, periodicals, videos and lookbooks, as well as antique, rare and precious publications, which allow you to investigate the phenomenon of fashion from all points of view. From the historical and sociological, to the photographic and cinematographic, the graphic and artistic, and the economic and commercial; this library is different as it was conceived for the creative artist.

General Information

Opening hours

From Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 7.00pm
Friday: 8.30am – 6.00pm

Contents
  • 24,000 volumes (70% in English, 26% Italian, 4% other languages)
  • 550 magazines, from the second half of the 19th Century to the present
  • 1000 lookbooks and commercial catalogs
  • Database of the Vogue Archive, the Berg Fashion Library, WWD and the Dazed Media Archive
  • Over 1000 multimedia contents, including fashion shows, movies and documentaries
The Library is organized into four areas:
  • Textiles and Clothing: the fashion philosophy of the history of costume, from textile and fashion design to pattern making
  • Arts: the arts in all their manifestations
  • Photography: including nature, fashion, travel and anthropological photos
  • Innovation Management: how to fuel creativity and manage innovation
Information and regulations

Methods of use

The Library is open to anyone interested in researching the rich collection of materials. Access and consultation are free to all students enrolled at Polimoda and to Polimoda alumni. All other external researchers, students from other universities, operators and companies in the industry, may access the library and its services according to the following conditions and registration fees.

External students Other Users Companies
1 day 16 52 X
5 admissions in 1 month 30 150 X
10 admissions in 3 months 50 250 X
Yearly pass X X 490

Users have direct access (open-shelf system) to books, current magazines and periodicals, back issues of selected texts, commercial catalogs and lookbooks. For audio-visual materials, books of particular value and magazine archives, requests must be made to the library staff.

Catalog and Online Resources

The online catalog of the Library, contains all the information on the resources in the collection, including monographs, periodicals, videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs. It also includes works – dictionaries, encyclopedias, catalogs – which can be useful for obtaining information about the fashion industry, as well as reference material on arts and crafts.

There are several ways of consulting the catalog to obtain information:

  • simply search by keyword;
  • advanced search, for a more detailed search across a number of fields
  • expert search, for unrestricted personalization of the search template

If you need help with the search criteria, you can consult the Thesaurus or ask the librarians for help.

The Film Archive

The Library houses a collection of films associated with the world of art, architecture, the history of fashion and cinema. These are all films closely connected to the fashion world, where costume forms the essence of a character, whose iconic style has become part of a collective imagination, whose setting is the world of fashion or where numerous and well-known fashion designers have worked.

The films present in the Polimoda Library can be found by consulting the online catalog. Each record includes all the details of the film: the original title, a summary, production information, the cast and the costume designers.

The Collection of Fashion Magazines

The Library offers a unique collection of fashion magazines. Covering a time span of over 150 years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, guests will find vintage issues with covers designed by great illustrators, as well as the first color photo covers of renowned journals. This collection is a seminal source of research for fashion, trends, fashion communications and the history of fashion marketing

The current issues arranged on stands are:

  • Women’s fashion magazines: Amica, Elle, Marie Claire, Numéro, W, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue (in the American, Chinese, English, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese and Russian editions).
  • Men’s fashion magazines: Numéro Homme, Vogue Hommes International, Men’s Non-No, Leon and Fantastic Man.
  • Journals devoted to particular types of clothing, such as children’s clothes, sportswear, underwear and knitwear, as well as magazines devoted to accessories.
  • Publications on fashion trend forecasting: View, Trends Collezioni, Bloom, Viewpoint, and Zoom on Fashion Trends.
  • Magazines representing contemporary fashion media: Purple, Gray, Self-Service, Encens, Jalouse, Mixt(e) and i-D.
  • Journals focusing on art and the history of costume: MCM: la Storia delle Cose, Art Review and Costume and Fashion Theory; and with interior design: Wallpaper, Monitor and L’Officiel Design.
  • Periodicals addressing the economics of the fashion system, including Fashion: il Settimanale della Moda and Pambianco Week.

The Berg Fashion Library

The Berg Fashion Library is among the leading resources for students and researchers of Fashion Studies. As part of Bloomsbury Fashion Central digital hub, the database features more than 13,000 color images, eBooks, a museum directory, exhibition archive, reference works and teaching resources. Library visitors may also consult the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, comprised of over 2,000 images and more than 800 in-depth articles. Thanks to its interdisciplinary nature and high-quality visual content, the Berg Fashion Library remains an invaluable resource across the areas of fashion, museum studies, anthropology and culture.

Consult the database

The Vogue Archive

Polimoda Library visitors may use the electronic archive of Vogue (American and Italian editions), the first fashion magazines to be completely digitized and indexed. The Vogue Archive contains the entire collection from the first issue published in 1892 up to the present, reproduced in high-resolution color images. Comprised of over 400,000 pages, indexed by research criteria and keyword, it represents a precious source of research, bringing together the work of the greatest stylists, designers, photographers and illustrators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Consult the online archive

The Dazed Media Archive

The Library offers visitors access to the electronic archive of the Dazed Media Collection, which includes the bi-monthly British style magazine Dazed, AnOther Magazine and AnOther Man. Available exclusively on the digital platform Exact Editions, the archive contains all published issues of the three magazines from incipit to the present, each reproduced in high-resolution color images. Indexed by year and keyword, it is available for use anonymously and login-free, rendering decades worth of music, fashion, film, art and culture coverage available for student consultation and use.

Consult the issues

The wwd.com Archive

Library visitors may consult the Women’s Wear Daily online archive, a database offering unlimited access to more than 500,000 WWD articles and photos from 1994 to the present. Navigated via keyword and date, the archive is a true industry research resource, as it represents the authoritative digital record of the trade journal’s online history. Students and visitors may explore in-depth accounts of the fashion, beauty and retail industries as digitally documented by WWD over the course of three decades.

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