Students from the University of Salford visited the MaxMara garment archive in Reggio Emilia, Italy on November 5th, 2018. The visit was hosted by the iconic Laura Lusuardi, MaxMara’s veteran fashion director.
The Garments Archive has over twenty thousand items from the Style Departments and has garments and accessories in storage from the Sixties to today.
There is also a fabrics collection alongside this central core of materials with over three hundred boxes ordered by fabric category and supplier. The project was started by Achille Maramotti, the founder of Max Mara Group, and illustrates how fashion developed through the history of fabrics and textile weaving.
An exceptional collection of sketches from the archives of the Style Department enriches the Garments Archive, an archive with more than fifteen thousand items from the Sixties, including sketches by designers who worked with Max Mara: Luciano Soprani, Lison Bonfils, Emmanuelle Khanh, Jacques Delahaye, Karl Lagerfeld, Anne Marie Beretta, Guy Paulin, Jean Charles de Castelbajac and others.