From the resurrected Manifattura Tabacchi to the Stazione Leopolda and the Fortezza da Basso, Polimoda People were all over for the 94th edition of Pitti Uomo, giving the fashion world a fresh look at their talent and remarkable creations.
During Pitti Uomo 94, luxury outerwear company Herno celebrated its 70th anniversary with L.I.B.R.A.R.Y., an installation inside Florence’s Stazione Leopolda. For the occasion, Polimoda Fashion Design, Fashion Technology, Fashion Art Direction and Business of Fashion students exhibited an outerwear prototype, video and advertising campaign selected as part of Herno Future, a didactic project dedicated to the future of the company. The event additionally featured Laboratorio H, a live tailoring workshop where six Herno tailors and Polimoda Fashion Technology students reproduced garment prototypes of the three winning teams before a live audience.
Man of many hats Filep Motwary has just released his latest book with Polimoda – THEOREM[A]: The Body, Emotion + Politics in Fashion, published by Skira Editore. Composed of a series of interviews with select contemporary fashion extraordinaires, the book investigates the dressed body as a political statement, exploring the linked trilogy of the mind, body and politics. A special preview and cocktail event took place following the Polimoda Fashion Show 2018: Separate Collection in Florence’s Manifattura Tabacchi.
Giacomo Nasi is the winner of Follow the Tribe, a capsule collection contest by Italian denim brand Rifle on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. Giacomo’s six-piece capsule was selected for production, awarding the young talent to participate in various stages of development and implementation, including meeting with Rifle’s style and merchandising office and selecting fabrics and materials. During Pitti Uomo, Giacomo’s incredibly made garments were displayed for guests and industry professionals alike at the Hotel Garibaldi Blu.
Graduating students in Footwear and Accessories Design presented their final collections during #Leathersolerocks party, a special lounge bar and leather experience in the Fortezza da Basso. The seriously beautiful leather goods and shoes were displayed throughout the vibing space, all handmade by these talented students and flanked by a live musical performance.
This year at Pitti Immagine Uomo 94, seven Fashion Technology students joined famed maison Emilio Pucci in its innovative approach to addressing fashion at Bonaveri, A Fan of Pucci, created in partnership with mannequin pioneer Bonaveri. For the event, a visual journey that explores Pucci’s historic codes through different thematic elements, Polimoda students joined a Pucci tailor to replicate the brand’s precollection on mini mannequins.
Entrepreneur and Polimoda Business of Fashion student Tommaso Albini, together with Leonardo Vecci Innocenti, is the design mind behind the DESCRUDES Spring/Summer 2019 Collection, a brand launched in 2017 by Vecci Innocenti. Born from the deconstruction of elements through the study of punk and African American cultures, DESCRUDES returned to explore the etymological meaning of its name in the SS19 collection, combining a passion for innovation with handmade, transformable garments made of 100% Italian natural fibers. Located in the Galleria Poggiali, guests were invited to stand in a space surrounded by artworks selected by the gallery owner, embodying the fusion of fashion and art.
Undergraduate Fashion Design student Martina Bonci showcased her brilliant menswear collection at the 3rd edition of the exclusive networking FLorange Fashion Event, an evening in collaboration with the Dutch fashion labels at Pitti Uomo. The Ambassador of The Netherlands Joep Wijnands guided the occasion, a star-studded affair in the heart of Florence.
Students graduating in Fashion Technology and Fashion Accessories Design presented the artisinal finesse they have learned and developed over the last few years at the Limonaia of Villa Vittoria. Presenting impressive garments, accessories and shoes for men and women, the incredible artistry of these students was on full display, higlighting handmade pieces assembled throughout the course of their studies.
Special thanks goes to: Lectra, Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel and Cuoio di Toscana.
Following the Polimoda Fashion Show, 26 students graduating in Fashion Design presented their creative talent throughout the Villa as live installations. Captivating ideas were translated into fully developed collections, often exploring garment concepts beyond what a runway can take on. The works this year were incredibly well-conceived, showing the industry-ready talent of our graduating students.
Tropical Animals hosted this year’s Polimoda Graduation Party, a moment to celebrate the years of hard work of Polimoda students completing their studies. Congratulations to this year’s graduates!