Fashion Curation

Fashion: Curating the Vortex
Mentorship by Linda Loppa

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“Curating” is often considered a fashionable concept today. To “curate” means to take care of a physical object, though it could also be applied to an idea, a vision or a dream. The idea of curating is to transform a tangible object − a coat, a shoe, a painting − into an unforgettable experience: space, light, sound, are additional dimensions that highlight different aspects of the object and encourage the viewer to reflect on its meaning, significance in the history of mankind, context and influence on the way we perceive creative phenomena and waves of creativity and craft. Today “time” has a very different meaning than that of a few decades, even years, ago; we are living “time” as a “vortex” that brings together the “past” and the “future”. Today we live simultaneously in the virtual and the humanised worlds; the vortex combines both experiences, stimulating a new way of thinking, speaking, dreaming, working, curating.

Linda Loppa

The master will provide meaningful insights into the different activities involved in curatorial practices through the involvement of key experts and visits to the most relevant European exhibitions across museums, galleries and events. From ideation to final set-up, be that in a museum or “in situ”, the master course aims to bring its students towards a meaningful path in the arts and create a future generation of fashion curators.

The course consists of three different segments:

  • First – the theoretical background of museum management, archiving, the practice of collecting, display techniques and the theory behind exhibition skills, subjects and their context.
  • Second – practical sessions on how to curate the Object, the Subject and the exhibition Project.
  • Third – focus on writing, discussing, and sharing knowledge with experienced fashion and art curators.

“Society has changed and museum management must change too” claims Polimoda Advisor Strategy & Vision Linda Loppa “A ‘vortex’ is the result of ‘dynamics’; the course will use new tools to give ‘curating’ a new meaning and create an innovative approach to fashion curating that will attract and inspire a young audience, a generation of timeless thinkers.”

The course is designed for advanced students interested in the theory and practise of fashion as a social phenomenon, and who aspire to develop their skills in museum curation and related fields in the culture of fashion. Participants must be passionate about Art, Fashion and Architecture.

Upon completion of the Master’s students will be automatically given the possibility to partake in the Polimoda Talent 2018/2019 program.

Study Plan

The study plan will be articulated across academic courses that cover all aspects of Curatorial theory (Concept of Curating) and provide a greater understanding of the international regulation for conservation and professional practice (ICOM regulations) as well as Sociology; the architectural principles necessary to create the perfect setting for an exhibition, showcase or event (Exhibition Space Design); Research methodologies and Writing.

In the labs, all know-how will be put to test through seminars and external contributions from professionals in the fields of creativity (Architecture, Design, Music), curators of Company archives, Museums and institution representatives alongside a number of educational field trips.

The course will include visits to Paris, Venice (on the occasion of the Biennale) and the various Museums and Archives in Florence and its neighboring districts .

Career Opportunities

Based on the skills acquired, graduates from Fashion Curation can aim for a career as a Fashion Curator, Fashion Researcher, Art Curator, Art and Fashion Event Designer, Consultant.

Mentor

Linda Loppa
Advisor Strategy & Vision
Linda Loppa has over 40 years’ experience in the fashion industry, and over 25 specialised in education. As the former Head of the Fashion Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Ms Loppa guided Polimoda as its Director for 9 years, before relocating to Paris in her current role, to establish connections and insight from the greater industry for the school.