The Foundation houses an archive used by costume designers, trend forecasters, style experts, creative directors and students alike. Organized in detailed catalogs with a photo of every costume and accessory, each one is preserved in special numbered fabric containers accompanied by a form detailing its historical context, provenance, type of fabric, condition of the garment and any modifications made.
The Foundation promotes training and development of young and new talent through seminars, workshops and educational outreach programs aimed at high school students, as well as university coursework relevant to fashion and “Made in Italy” culture. This unforgettable experience allows participants to gain a unique perspective into the largely unknown world of high artisanry. Training is organized into educational modules designed for costume designers as well as film, theatre and opera professionals. Annamode courses describe how to make set costumes – defining everything from how to dress an actor, to cutting and sewing a costume. As these techniques are passed down through generations, Annamode believes it imperative that they are preserved and transmitted to inspire future generations. Thus maintaining the uniqueness, quality and excellence in the textile industry that has defined Italy for centuries.
The Foundation partners with public and private institutions to promote temporary and permanent exhibitions both inside Annamode’s historic headquarters and at outside venues.
Publications include exhibition catalogs, foreign language translations of fashion and costume texts, the production of new thematic materials and films with an educational component.