Sustainability and Fluid Identities explored in Changing RooTs fashion installation

Polimoda students investigate different perspectives on identity and sustainability through an immersive installation presented at Pitti Filati 92

Welcome to the installation of Polimoda students at Pitti Filati 2023. Below you can find a summary of students' works displayed at our stand.

We hope you can have a good time experiencing Changing RooTs.

Patchwork Protection

By Alana Lauren Roxin, Fernanda Castro and Marinela Yzellari

The concept of this hat was to find a common element in our cultures and mix together the different characteristics this element has. In this case, we found a common shape, represented in completely distinct mediums. We took the shape and technique from the Albanian hat, the Qeleshe, and the complexity of various patterns found in the Peruvian Virgins painted by indigenous people in Cuzco.

Rogue Rodeo

By Mclees Mantegazza, Kim Rey and Luna Mercadini

The idea of a new cowboy hat typically evokes a conservative and masculine image, simulating the rough and tough times of the Wild West. This new hat, however, will play against gender norms with bright colors and long fringes, surrounded by knit patterns across the top. Something indescribable in words, it encourages fluidity and movement, as well as a sense of self-expression.

Knitted Guardian

By María Luisa González Guerrero, Marija Yankovich and Georgia Pfaff

One's higher self, which is ever-present between present and future, provides a space for anyone to be as they are; everything is accepted and understood. This headpiece, which is without conditions or limitations, represents the unconditional and protective source surrounding the collective. It is absolute, with no borders, just curves, a circular and inclusive formation. Perhaps this hat could act as a visual reminder that we can all tap into this unlimited source of acceptance, inclusivity, and fluidity. 

In terms of the headpiece architecture, the rings resemble those surrounding Saturn. This expands on the idea of the universal force that surrounds us. This totem performs the metaphor of acknowledging a source of shelter that every human has, the aura and energy we hold and constantly transmit into space. Our spiritual urge to connect to the higher self and ask for shielding. This headpiece therefore highlights the constant bond everyone has with not only ourselves but the universe; the constant bond of Earth and planets; of people and space. 

The Modern Medusa

By Poornhimaa Sreekirishnan, Gabriele Venturi and Loïs van der Weert

Medusa is an enduring symbol of women's power; a representation of female strength and wisdom; a powerful myth about women's empowerment; a beautiful woman who became a hideous monster and eventually transformed into a femme fatale; a Greek mythology that has evolved through cultures and time into a story about a femme fatale; a headpiece that reflects the different facets of a woman; a mirror of layering, showing that a woman can be both tough and gentle, hard and soft, cold and warm, all at the same time; a combination of craft, heritage, and our own roots.

Streetwear Opulence

By Giulia Elisabeth Stoop, Carola Emma Galli and Priya Deep

The idea of exaggerating a streetwear headpiece (baseball cap) and mixing it with a historic Austrian headpiece with opulent Indian embroidery may seem more casual and basic from behind, but the opulence strikes you from the front, giving both elements of a crown and streetwear cap, providing the best of both worlds.


By Isadora Tarrago Vieira, Mingze Sun and Sabrina Stadlober

Every human has more than one version inside, depending on the environment and mental condition. There are various personality aspects living in one body, and some are more accepted than others. They can be ordered and controlled, while some are wild or emotional, which we only show to close people. The outrigeous head gives space and freedom to express all of them in their individual beauty, representing a metamorphosis that leads to a state of healing and acknowledgment of all of them.


Changing RooTs is the result of a collective collaboration between multiple courses.


Master in Fashion Trend Forecasting
María Luisa González Guerrero, Mclees Mantegazza, Alana Lauren Roxin, Poornhimaa Sreekirishnan, Giulia Elisabeth Stoop and Isadora Tarrago Vieira

Master in Sustainable Fashion
Hannah Campbell, Tsyr En Cheong, Claire Marie Fox, Kiki Anette Roeland Janssen, Maria Clara Prati, Tannauz Rouhani, Renata Rubio Cuevas, Machteld Alexandra Pauwine Steenbergen and Aayushi Thakur

Master in Textiles from Farm to Fabric to Fashion
Priya Deep, Luna Mercadini, Georgia Pfaff, Sabrina Stadlober, Loïs van der Weert and Marinela Yzellari

Undergraduate in Fashion Art Direction 2nd year
Karina Maisha Gidea, Magdalena Kohlmaier, Luca Tim Lohfeyer, Ellen Embla Torsteinsrud and Isabella Sarcone

Undergraduate in Fashion Design 4th year
Fernanda Castro, Carola Emma Galli, Mingze Sun, Gabriele Venturi, Marija Yankovich and Kim Rey


Silvia Amorosino, Federica Forti and Arianna Mereu

Sound design

Francesco Rossi

Technical sponsors

Alpes Manifattura Filati, Botto Giuseppe S.p.A., Cotonificio Olcese Ferrari, Filati Naturali, Filpucci, Lanificio dell'Olivo S.p.A., Marchi & Fildi, Mister Joe, Pinori Filati and Tollegno 1900


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