Campania's sartorial creativity - men's clothing and beachwear

conference Ischia / Capri 26 - 29 September 2010.
Sponsored by: Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities
General Directorate for Archives
Archival Superintendence for Campania
Under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic

Histoire de Grands Magasins – Vertige du Foisonnement

Paris 14/16 October 2015.
Simultaneously at the Novancia Business School and the Maison de l'Italie, exhibition and seminar Les Affiches Artistiques des Grands Magasins “MELE” de Naples.
On display is a selection of around 30 posters and a Power Point presentation, in images and texts, of the history of the Mele family, "19th century businessmen with a truly Neapolitan taste and cultural sensitivity".

The Gold of Naples - SKY Arte 2015

Reggia di Capodimonte, virtual walk interpreted by Jaja Forte in 19th century Naples, a city that became the capital of the cultural revolution of customs and fashion due to the authoritativeness of the styles flaunted by Emiddio and Alfonso Mele's MAGAZZINI ITALIANI.

Magazzini Novità / Warehouses News

18 March - 8 April 2016
Three important institutions, the Mondragone Foundation, the Second University of Naples and the Emiddio Mele Foundation, meet in the late Baroque architectural setting of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home of the Textile and Clothing Museum - Regional Fashion Center of the Campania Region.
Alessandra Cirafici and Caterina Fiorentino of the department of architecture and industrial design of the Second University of Naples, designed, curated and created the exhibition E. and A. Mele & C. genius and creativity at the "best value", a fascinating overview of the society, fashion and customs through the centuries, experienced in the images of the exhibition and in the themes of the seminar:

  • "Vertigo", trade on display, the epic of department stores from the 19th to the 20th century
    Franco Fava - University of Turin;
  • Naples Belle Epoque, urban planning and economic initiative;
    Francesco Barbagallo - Federico II University of Naples;
  • Palazzo della Borghesia, architecture in fin de siècle Naples: history, protection and innovation
    Marina D'Aprile - Second University of Naples;
  • From paper to the city, clothes, fabrics and accessories in Magazzini Mele
    Ornella Cirillo - Second University of Naples;
  • The Mele Posters, changes in visual taste;
    Maria Antonietta Picone - Federico II University of Naples.


The Mele Department Store in Belle Époque Naples

March 11, 2017

  • presentation of Francesca Mele's book at the Museum of Villa Pignatelli d'Aragona Cortes;
  • late 19th century trends in history, politics, customs, art, entrepreneurship, culture, imprinted on the society of the time by the activism of Emiddio and Alfonso Mele;
  • collection of the Mele Poster collection;
  • narration of the projects carried out to achieve the social and statutory objectives of the Foundation.
    Speakers Alfonso Mele – Francesca Mele – Andrea Pisani Massamormile – Franco Fava

From De Nittis to Gemito, Neapolitans in Paris at the time of Impressionism

in the context of the Gallerie d'Italia exhibition project curated by the Intesa San Paolo Institute, from December 2017 to April 2018, a thematic and philological exhibition of important paintings by Neapolitan artists was held, collected on display at Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano in Naples.
The Emiddio Mele Foundation participated in the drafting of the text of the catalog with an independent section edited by Francesca Mele entitled “I Grandi Magazzini Mele. A Neapolitan record."

Garden of Palazzo Mele - Cloister of Music

September 27, 2018 
Baroque music concert, directed by Maria Giuseppina Paone, collateral to the awarding of scholarships by the Mele Foundation to the most talented students of the Royal Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella. The 1903 score was included in the repertoire of the event, taken from the historical archive of the Mele Foundation, commissioned by the Mele brothers from the poets Eduardo di Capua and Salvatore Gambardella and set to music by Pasquale Cinquegrana on the occasion of the visit to Naples of the President of the French Republic Emile Loubet. The song "viva Loubet" was performed by 400 musicians directed by Maestro Galasso in Piazza del Plebiscito under the balconies of the Royal Palace of Naples.

Historical museum of the carousel and popular entertainment

3 - 18 November 2018

Comune di Bergantino, Rovigo, progetto “i luoghi dell’altrove” percorso storico antropologico attraverso giochi e spettacoli, la scomparsa dell’antica fiera mercantile.
Mostra itinerante con esposizione di Manifesti Mele;

San Martino Award

november 2019

Assignment to the Mele Foundation of the plaque awarded by the religious and administrative institutions of the Municipality of Giffoni Sei Casali in recognition of the high quality of the training and development activities of craftsmanship carried out in the Picentino area;

Air Force Palace, Rome - Exhibition and catalog "In the sign of Dudovich"


The Mele Foundation contributed, with the temporary loan of documents, images and the professional cooperation of Francesca Mele, to the drafting of the Catalog and the staging of the Exhibition on display at the Air Force Museum in Rome;

Magnani Rocca Foundation in the “Villadei Capolavori” in Traversetolo (Parma)


hosted, in a thematic exhibition, a wide selection of the Mele Posters;

Bam - Public art project "the lobster empire"


by Philip Colbert exhibited outdoors on the belvedere of the Certosa di San Martino, Naples

Meo Calendar 2024 - Luci e ombre (Lights and Shadows)

Partecipazione alla manifestazione e sostegno per la creazione artistica del Calendario di Meo 2024 - Luci ed Ombre - Praga (www.dimeoviniadarte.it);

Banco di Napoli Foundation - "Everyone at the department stores"

Participation in the exhibition with temporary loan of sculptures, paintings, documents and images taken from the Historical Archive of the Mele Foundation. Collaboration of Francesca Mele in the drafting of the catalog edited by Bianca Stranieri;