American Connection

New collaboration with the Council of Fashion Designers of America


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The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Polimoda announce an upcoming collaboration as Director of Education and Professional Development Sara Kozlowski has been appointed to mentor the final-year students of the undergraduate course in Fashion Design.

Founded in 1962, the CFDA’s membership consists of more than 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.

Relying on the skills of high profile professionals has become one of school’s strong suits. Over the past year, other international lead players from the industry have been recruited as mentors to help students understand and navigate the ever-changing world of fashion, including award-winning CFDA member Keanan Duffty.

Polimoda Director Danilo Venturi invited Sara Kozlowski to mentor following her participation in the institute’s Rendez-Vous series of Guest Lectures, where she discussed fashion’s new paradigm of sustainability, and analyzed open-ended questions before a room of students and staff. Kozlowski was previously featured alongside other international fashion figures in the first edition of Polimoda’s Fashion Displacement panel discussion, held in New York City in November 2016.

Kozlowski’s 25 year career in fashion began as a designer for Anna Sui, followed by the establishment of her own collection. With more than a decade of experience as an educator, prior to the CFDA, Kozlowski held academic leadership roles at Parsons School of Design and Academy of Art University. She has contributed to the CFDA’s groundbreaking talent-scouting platforms such as the Elaine Gold Launch Pad (in partnership with the Accessories Council), Fashion Future Graduate Showcase (in partnership with the NYCEDC) and CFDA+, established in 2013 for the purpose of spotlighting gifted graduates from design schools all over the globe.

The CFDA has a longstanding commitment to supporting fashion education through its Educational Initiatives established in 1996. Today, we share a common vision with Polimoda in shaping the next generation of design by empowering creativity, and encouraging new codes of thought- within a global, social context. The heritage of Italy’s craftsmanship combined with Polimoda’s avant approach to luxury – provide a unique environment for students to embrace fashion legacy while blueprinting its future authentically.

Sara Kozlowski

Over the course of the next year, she will mentor and lecture on crucial subjects such as Shaping the Future, Design Thinking and Strategy Design. Senior Fashion Design students will benefit from her attentive supervision from project to runway, helping them catapult their ideas into viable futures.

Through this collaboration, Polimoda wishes to further strengthen its long-standing relationship with the United States and is set on encouraging an ongoing exchange where Italian heritage and American know-how shape global-minded students. This mentorship program will culminate in Polimoda’s signature end-of-year Fashion Show.