Welcome to our monthly foray into the lives and work of our #PolimodaPeople. Here you will find leads, inspirational interviews, award-winning projects, generated press and everything you need to know about our students and alumni’s achievements.
Amsterdam-based company MOAM first emerged in 2012 as a creative platform for young fashion designers. After exclusively backing Dutch creatives, this year MOAM has opened its doors to its first international Collective of five, including recently graduated Polimoda Fashion Design alumnus Maximiliano Ruelas. Powered by Zalando, over the course of 6 months this edition aims at designing a collection of 25 looks that will be sold on the e-commerce colossus’ online stores. The collective is granted space, supplies and unlimited creative freedom. Each pinnacle moment will be captured in the This is MOAM video-series on Vogue Netherlands.
In the framework of Polimoda’s emphasis on applied learning, Italian designer Marco de Vincenzo called upon Polimoda students to create a video campaign for his signature Fall 2017 crystal boots. Aurora Marcon, Giulia Burroni and Simone Tekavec came up with a young, spunky, ultra-sparkly montage that won the trio a scholarship and all-access passes for the designer’s next fall 2018 show at Milan Fashion Week in February.
Students Aleksandra Jela Miletic, Katharine Emma Steuhm, Jinjin Zhang, Adriana Maria Moreno Merz and Isabella Presezzi were selected to partake in Shanghai’s Fashion Week with their capsule collection created for Polimoda’s applied project in collaboration with Shenzen-based New Belle Footwear’s fashion brand TeenMix.
Polimoda Trend Forecasting alumna and interior designer Paola Zamudio was awarded the prestigious Docomomo US Modernism in America Commercial Design Award of Excellence for her restoration work on the former Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdale, New Jersey. Once USA’s largest vacant commercial building, the mid-century masterpiece designed by Finnish neo-futurist architect Eero Saarinen has been transformed into a dynamic urban hub.
Polimoda alumna Kelly Miller has brought her quest for the perfect vintage motorcycle jacket to a whole new level, creating a successful business of custom luxury couture. Forbes virtually followed the American fashion designer into her Parisian studio, where she described the backstory of her unique manufacturing process involving reclaimed leather.
Polimoda alumna Tania George is featured among Dezeen’s top ten emerging Jordanian fashion designers. Spotlighted during Amman Design Week, George is making a name for herself in the realm of ready-to-wear print garments thanks to her artistic foothold in Jordan iconography and her initiative Clothes for a Cause, which offers financial stability and empowerment to underprivileged local and refugee women.
Fucking Young! showcases Polimoda student Chiara Rimondini’s debut collection Lost Sensibility, a tactile transposition of youthful invisibilia. The 22 year old Italian fashion designer translates her generation’s innate feelings of disconnect and insecurity through what she defines “a fragile protection to the body” made up of multi-layered fabrics and experimental silhouettes.
A close-cut selection of flash updates.