Carpe Noctem | Graduation Show 2022

A Celebration of Talents

A magical summer evening dedicated to the rising stars of fashion.

Polimoda presents the collections and creativity of the school's best talents with a live show inside the largest privately owned garden in Europe. 

We are celebrating the best fashion talents of the year with a graduation show at Giardino Torrigiani, a romantic English-style outdoor space designed in the early 19th century by architect Luigi de Cambray Digny. With nearly seven hectares, it is the largest private garden within the walls of Florence yet little is known about it even though it is very much part of the city's history. 

Made in Italy was born in this very location 70 years ago: the first “First Italian high fashion show” was held in Villa Torrigiani in 1951 and the first collective fashion show of Italian high fashion brands organized by Giovanni Battista Giorgini was subsequently held in the prestigious Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti.

On the catwalk, you will see over 100 looks from 24 collections. The best students of the fourth and final year of the Fashion Design and Fashion Design Management courses together with a selection of students from the Masters in Collection Design and Creative Direction were chosen by the faculty of the school together with Massimiliano Giornetti and Caroline Issa, CEO and Fashion Director of Tank magazine and Mentor of the Fashion Design course.

"Carpe Noctem, an invitation to seize the stars before the night falls," explains Director Massimiliano Giornetti. "A metaphor that encourages us to identify the pure talent of a rising star, before his success in the world of fashion. It is also an exhortation to reflect on the sociological changes related to the historical moment we are experiencing, to the desire of Gen Z to bring new values ​​to the industry, in what can be seen as the search for a different kind of fashion. The collections include the themes most discussed by the industry and even the most touching for our students, including diversity, inclusion, sustainability as well as extremely personal content. A true cross-section of the individualities of the new generation of creatives."

Invitation designed by Undergraduate in Fashion Art Direction Student Ece Piristine


Following a series of revisions and evaluations with Director Massimiliano Giornetti and the fashion design department, Undergraduate in Fashion Design students Fernanda Castro (Peru), Julian Cerro (Italy), Veronika Danyliv (Ukraine), Eros Fengqin Yue (China), Hikari Morigami (Japan), Julie Daron (France), Margherita Bachis (Italy), Ana Valentina Navarro (Bolivia), Viola Ruzza (Italy), Sam Lewis (Australia), Sofia Ke (China), Federico Di Nisio (Italy), Maria Isabel Arce Blanco (Mexico), Ian McDonald (USA), Saania Singla (India), Edoardo Terribilini (Switerland) and Marija Yankovich (Serbia), Master in Collection Design students Ayana Horai (Japan), Shiyuan Deng (China), Ana Rita Nogueira Da Souza (Portugal) and Amelia Walker (United Kingdom), Master in Fashion Design Management students Leonardo Brini (Italy) and Edoardo Cavrini (Italy) as well as Master in Creative Direction student Mohanad Aglan (Egypt) were selected for the Carpe Noctem runway.


Alongside the students, an exceptional team collaborated in the making of Carpe Noctem. Under the creative direction of Massimiliano Giornetti, students were personally followed with the development of their collections. The show boasts the artistic direction of Thierry Dreyfus, a brilliant runway and lighting designer and the founder of Eyesight Group. Caroline Issa, CEO and Fashion Director of Tank magazine, was the mentor of the fashion design course and guided students during their final year. Well-known fashion stylist Serge Girardi collaborated with the young designers.


The jury is composed of Editor-at-Large of The Business of Fashion Tim Blanks, fashion journalist Suzy Menkes, Founder of KRISVANASSCHE and Belgian designer Kris Van Assche, artistic director of Emilio Pucci Camille Miceli, Fashion Stylist Ramona Tabita and Artistic Director Ibrahim Mahama.

Sound Design

The Carpe Noctem soundtrack is curated by composer and producer Wladimir Schall, mixing electronic music, electroacoustic sounds and citations taken from concrete French music.


The student production team is composed of Master in Fashion Art Direction student Boqian Wang (China), Master in Fashion Art Direction student Selin Cevahir (Turkey), Undergraduate in Fashion Art Direction student Kara Luhtanen (Finland) and Undergraduate in Fashion Art Direction student Ece Piristine (Turkey). 

Social Media

The student social media team is composed of Master in Creative Direction student Giulio Forgiarini (Brazil), Master in International Fashion Business student Bia Nardini (Brazil) and Samira Kohler (Germany). 

The fashion show is by invite only but can be viewed in live streaming at the links below.

Where to watch

Carpe Noctem will be streamed on all of our social media channels. Be sure to follow our Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Tik Tok account to watch the live event.

Hair and Makeup

The sponsor for hair and makeup is Santini Academy, one of the most recognized hair and beauty schools in Florence.