Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione (CSAC) Univ. di Parma


CSAC has been active since 1968 and its institutional task is the collection, conservation and promotion of cultural heritage consisting of collections and archives of works of art, photographs, architecture, design, fashion and graphic designs, together with the organization of numerous exhibitions and the publication of catalogs.
It also provides scientific consultancy, teaching support, research and it plans and organizes exhibitions.
The archives and fashion collections consist of 70,000 drawings by Italian designers and an important nucleus of clothes, as well as bibliographic collections.


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1976

Foundation year

WHERE

strada viazza di Paradigna 1
Parma (PR)
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WHO

Accessible to everybody

VISIT

Since 2015 CSAC offers an original program: thematic guided tours inside the archive along with guided tours of the museum exhibitions.

EDUCATIONAL

The center supports university teaching, collaborates with other AFAM universities and institutes, receives trainees, carries out educational workshops for schools and participates in Alternanza scuola-lavoro program.

TECHNICAL SHEETS

Technical Sheets available

INFO

http://www.csacparma.it
info@csacparma.it
+39 0521 033652



The History

The history of the construction of the collections begins with the first acquisitions of works of art, and then of photographs and posters, collected on the occasion of and thanks to the intense exhibition activity begun in 1968 within the Palazzo della Pilotta and promoted by Istituto di Storia dell’arte. In 1979 the project department was inaugurated and in the following years the collection of fashion sketches began, followed by the one of clothes and costumes for cinema and theater.


Exhibits and events

Since 1968 CSAC has organized exhibitions with its own collections, has carried out regular collaborative activities with loans and co-planning. Since 2015 CSAC has created an exhibition itinerary which keeps changing. Conferences, company activities are held at the Paradigna Abbey, where also conferences, workshops, concerts, film festivals are promoted.


Collected objects

  • Books, magazines, press reviews, editorial pages
    A significant part is Cozzolino archive which gathers collections of magazines from the end of the 19th century; various archives are accompanied by collections of books and magazines; CSAC continues to purchase fashion books and specialised magazines.
    Technical Sheets available
    Support: Material / digital
    Includes unique pieces
    Size of the archive: 10000
    Period: 1850 -
  • Books, magazines, press reviews, editorial pages
    The most significant groups are those of the donation of Atelier Farani and Walter Albini archive.
    Technical Sheets available
    Support: Material / digital
    Includes unique pieces
    Size of the archive: 100
    Period: 1960-1990
  • Drawings, sketches, models, press samples
    Sketches, drawings and maquettes kept in archives forming the Fashion section (Sorelle Fontana, Albini, Krizia, Armani, Ferrè, Schubert..).
    Technical Sheets available
    Support: Material / digital
    Includes unique pieces
    Size of the archive: 70000
    Period: 1960-1990
  • Photos, photographic, negative, slide prints
    Photographs linked to various archives of the Photography section.
    Technical Sheets available
    Support: Material / digital
    Includes unique pieces
    Size of the archive: 1000
    Period: 900

Available services

  • Consultancy

  • Consultation

  • Consulting and collaboration in exhibition projects and on-site exhibition activities

  • Spaces offer

  • Storage

  • Stylistic research activities


Photo gallery

  • Atelier Farani Archive, view of the set-up in Valserena Abbey, 2015. Credits: CSAC Photograpic Laboratory, The Study Centre and Communication Archive of University of Parma.
  • Sartoria Piero Farani, Rome: Costume for Jocasta; film: Oedipus king. Directed by P.P. Pasolini. Costume Designer: D. Donati. Tunic in fabric lined with rag and broad weave with interweaving of ecru ribbons. Cape of the same fabric, decorated with clams painted in gold. Hat with cap surmounted by a felt cylinder decorated with ecru cords, shells painted in gold and a large plumed disk.
  • Walter Albini "Tribute to Chanel" dress composed of two pieces, skirt and velvet jacket treated with white satin lapel on neck, wrists and pockets; pearl and rhinestone buttons. Fall / Winter Collection 1972/73 for Misterfox
  • Walter Albini, Black silk georgette blouse with machine embroidery made with pearls, rhinestones and canottes that draw geometric patterns and the initials W A iterated over the entire embroidered surface. Collection: Autumn / Winter 1973/74
  • Luciano Soprani: Presentation panel of Fall / Winter Collection 1981/82
  • Overview of the Fashion exhibition part (CSAC, May 2015). Focus on:
    Walter Albini: Wedding dress “Agnese la terza sposa” (Agnese the third wife). Dress in white satin by Terragni 1973;
    “I clowns” (The clowns) dress. Short rhombus dress with multicolored sequins on a black background, Collection Fall / Winter 1972/73 for Misterfox;
    “Homage to Chanel” dress. Two-piece dress, skirt and velvet jacket treated with white satin lapel on neck, wrists and pockets; pearl and rhinestone buttons. Fall / Winter Collection 1972/73 for Misterfox.
    In the background panels with drawings by Krizia, Armani, Ferrè, Versace, Soprani.