ROME, Nov 6, 2009 / — As part of the Archivi della Moda del 900 project developed by the Italian National Archive Association, and in collaboration with the Director General for Archives and the Ministry of Heritage and Culture (MiBAC), the Brioni archives have been recognized for their cultural and historical significance under legislative decree, 22 January 2004, no. 42.

The house of Brioni, founded in Rome by Gaetano Savini and Nazareno Fonticoli in 1945, has an extraordinary documentary archive—a testament to the company‘s work in high fashion men‘s tailoring that has helped advance the importance of the Italian sartorial tradition around the world.

Recognition from the ministry came after the archive superintendent for Lazio viewed and evaluated the archives at the Brioni headquarters in Rome, which include over 700 suits made since the =50s; hundreds of sketches, designs and drafts; and 10,000 photographs from the period of La Dolce Vita illustrating Brioni‘s extraordinary production and numerous patents.

The recognition from the Ministry is a source of great pride for us,” said Andrea Perrone, Brioni CEO, “not just as a testimony of the work the company has performed for 65 years, but also because it is our contribution to the world of fashion and to the culture of our country. Being able to let scholars consult our documents demonstrates the importance and the historical and cultural value of Brioni.”