From Florence to the American capital, Polimoda makes yet another leap overseas in its series of momentous connections with the stars and stripes: on Wednesday, March 13th, the institute prepares for Italian Fashion Reload, a conference dedicated to investigating the history and future of Italian fashion, held in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC.
By opening a dialogue on the historical meaning and archetypes of Italian fashion, the talk will delve into the present-day mechanics of the industry, touching on ethics and sustainability, education, new generations and the inner workings of Made of Italy. To this end, the question of technology will play a central role during the panel, serving as the key, ever-changing component of both the present and future of Italy’s fashion scene – from its communication, to shifting professional roles, local production and the creation of a new fashion paradigm.
Moderated by American Fashion Editor Joseph De Acetis, the renowned panel of speakers will include star Polimoda alumnus Italo Zucchelli, Fashion Designer and former Creative Director of Calvin Klein; Sara Kozlowski, Polimoda Mentor and Director of Education and Professional Development at the CFDA; and Claudio Marenco Mores, Polimoda Head of Education of Fashion Design and Design Management. As a whole, the experts represent top thinkers in both today’s industry and fashion education, leading the way for a riveting dialogue concerning Italian fashion through the ages, as well as its future in today’s global landscape.
Held in occasion of the third international Italian Design Day, the event will also include an exhibition showcasing eight designs by Polimoda alumni Andrea Antonelli and Ravenna Osgood, offering these top talents a chance to showcase their work in the context of the future of Italian design.
Joseph DeAcetis is an acclaimed American journalist and international editor widely known for his contributions in menswear. The renowned figure has emerged as one of the global fashion industry’s leading writers, stylists and commentators, and is founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the forward-thinking digital publication www.gentmen.com. DeAcetis’ coverage focuses primarily on trend adoption in luxury fashion and lifestyle, access to real-time fashion through top influencers and how disruption and social-intelligence have transitioned the trend landscape through the democratization of the marketplace.
Italo Zucchelli is among Polimoda’s most successful former students, vaunting a 13-year tenure as Creative Director of Calvin Klein and reigning as one of the most prolific designers of early 2000s American fashion. During his post at CK, Zucchelli designed the men’s luxury line and maintained a leading role in all aspects of the business, ultimately winning the CFDA Best Menswear Award in 2009 and dressing top cultural icons and celebrities throughout his career. Described as ‘sublime futurism’ by Tim Blanks, Zucchelli’s style and work was often noted for its clean look and unique materials, remaining critically appraised to this day.
Known for her leadership roles in fashion education, Sara Kozlowski’s 25-year career has crossed paths with illustrious names such as Anna Sui and the Parsons School of Design. Specialized in investigating and developing systems for sustainable innovation, as the CFDA Director of Education and Professional Development, Kozlowski is set on bridging the gap between student talent and the workforce, contributing to the creation of the Elaine Gold Launch Pad, Fashion Future Graduate Showcase and the curated platform CFDA+. She is additionally serving as a Polimoda Mentor for final-year undergraduate students in Fashion Design.
Polimoda Head of Education Fashion Design and Design Management Claudio Marenco Mores holds an architecture degree from IUAV – University Institute of Architecture in Venice, and is specialized in marketing for luxury goods and brand design. He has worked as merchandising and product manager for accessories in global luxury brands such as Calvin Klein Collection and Emilio Pucci, and is a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota and CEDIM in Monterrey, Mexico. In addition to teaching and mentoring fashion students, Marenco Mores also serves as a consultant for fashion companies on marketing and product management.