From the Mediterranean peninsula to the Atlantic coastline, Polimoda adds another thumbtack to its map of global accomplishments. Unbeknownst to many, ModaLisboa actually is Europe’s oldest fashion week and has been Portuguese fashion-lovers go-to event since it was first established in 1991. This year, on the occasion of the festival’s 26th edition, Polimoda made a widespread appearance with a varied assortment of #PolimodaPeople: Polimoda director Danilo Venturi took part in the Fast Talks Fashion debate and alumnus Federico Cina was one of the ten emerging designers selected for ModaLisboa’s talent-scouting contest Sangue Novo (Young Blood); while alumna Teresa Ferreira has been part of the festival’s in-house staff since 2011.
It has been a fantastic experience. Our team is very passionate about supporting the Portuguese fashion scene. This year I am one of the two people in charge of managing the foreign press – this means taking on quite a big responsibility which I’m sure will further strengthen my professional skills. My studies in Fashion Brand Management helped me overcome my limits: good is no longer enough – I want more. Polimoda taught me to aspire to perfection and broaden my aesthetic sensitivity. I am a very proud alumna and I am so happy that this edition featured two of my school’s most brilliant minds.
Fashion Design alumnus Federico Cina isn’t new to the international limelight having won this year’s edition of Maastricht-based FashionClash Festival’s Talent Award. On the evening of October 6th he made his debut on the Lisbon runway presenting Vacuum, collection created during his last year at Polimoda, inside the beautiful Pavilhao Carlos Lopes Pavilion.
On October 5th at 4pm ModaLisboa and Redbull Portugal joined forces to offer live-stream coverage of the Fast Talks debate on Fashion’s complex relation with politics – a topic that stirred up interesting points of view among the featured speakers.