Fashion designer and academic Elisa Palomino is the new mentor of the Master in Fashion Design. The accomplished creative is the newest addition to our roster of Polimoda mentors, prepared to nurture young Polimoda talent by helping them reach their goals, no matter how unconventional they might be.
Born in the late 60s in the Spanish city of Valencia, Palomino first discovered fashion while sifting through her grandmother’s attic. By mixing vintage finds with Japanese kimonos and a few other things, Elisa concocted her personal style.
After graduating from Central Saint Martins, she began her fashion career at Moschino, learning everything she possibly could about the fashion business before packing her bags and moving to Paris. Palomino worked as a director at the admired Maison de Couture of John Galliano for 8 years, discovering the inner workings of the Fashion Luxury industry and even collaborating with Christian Dior. Her whimsical dreams had turned into reality.
Following a stint working for Roberto Cavalli, Palomino moved to New York in 2008 to become Vice President of Design at Diane von Furstenberg. Two years later, she started her fashion brand and showed off her first collection at New York Fashion Week. Her label appeared in five consecutive seasons including Milan, Rome, Madrid and London Fashion Week.
Elisa Palomino has mentored fashion designers such as Richard Quinn, the first recipient of Her Majesty’s British Design Award and 2016 H&M design award winner, Stefan Cooke, 2017 H&M design award winner and Wataru Tominaga, 2016 Hyères International Festival winner. She is a pioneer of sustainable practices in education, directing the Fashion Print Department at Central Saint Martins as well as teaching in many prestigious international institutions.
With over 25 years’ experience in the Fashion Luxury industry, we’re excited and honored to welcome Elisa on the Polimoda mentorship team.