Accademia di Costume e di Moda owns an historic library and a magazine/ newspaper(periodicals collection) archive (BEA) open to the public from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and visited by scholars of cinema and performing arts, costume, fashion, textile and jewellery design.

In December 2019, with the resolution no. 4628 of 18/12 the Archivist and Bibliographic Superintendence (Soprintendenza Archivistica e Bibliografica) of Latium declared the extraordinary cultural interest for the library and magazine/ newspaper (periodicals collection) archive which has been formally entitled to Fiamma Lanzara, current President and dedicatee of the cultural center.

The bibliographic patrimony of the “Fiamma Lanzara” Library counts of around 4.500 monographs and more than 12.000 magazines issues. The magazine/newspapers section(periodicals collection) of the library includes unique items , such as the first issue of the American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar (November 2nd 1867) owned by Accademia exclusively for Italy  in double copy, the first issue of the magazine Club: an informative review on men’s fashion (winter 1949), rare issues of historical magazines such as Margherita, La Mode Illustrée, Vogue, Vogue Italia and last but not least the  inestimable collection of Bellezza: monthly magazine of haute couture and Italian lifestyle narration donated from the Director Elsa Robiola, guarded by Accademia and available for researchers and experts of the field

In October 2015, the “Fiamma Lanzara” Library with its entire bibliographic patrimony became part of the  SBN IEI pole, National Library System – Cultural Institutes of Rome (Sistema Bibliotecario Nazionale – istituti culturali di Roma) coordinated by the Library of Modern and Contemporary History of MIBACT, while in September 2019 the successors of Franca Sozzani, historic director of Vogue Italia, have donated around 1.200 precious volumes coming from her personal library with the wish that this prestigious patrimony could be available to all the students and researchers in the field of fashion.

During the cultural history of Accademia di Costume e di Moda, several private funds have become part of the archival capital of the library such as fund Rosana Pistolese and fund Bruno Piattelli, the result of  personal donations that today, together with the historic archive of Accademia represent one of the pride and joy of its entire cultural heritage.

In 2012 with the resolution no. 332 of March 6th, in order to acknowledge the value of its archive, the Archivist and Bibliographic Superintendence (Soprintendenza Archivistica e Bibliografica) of Latium has proclaimed its funds of highly important historical interest, including it in the Rosana Pistolese found in the national project “Twentieth Century  Fashion Archives” (“Archivi della Moda del Novecento”) promoted by the General Direction for the archives and by the National Association of Italian Archives (Associazione Nazionale Archivistica Italiana). On completion of the archival patrimony, the fund Elio Costanzi made of fashion illustrations, sketches and original drawings and the donation made by Pia Soli and her prestigious press review. The last step towards the archival promotion of Accademia has been the important project of reorganization and inventory made for all the archival funds completed in December 2019 in collaboration with the Archivist and Bibliographic Superintendence (Soprintendenza Archivistica e Bibliografica) of Latium.

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