PolimodaPeople #12

Rewriting the narrative, Polimoda People are the instrumental revolution

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Welcome to our monthly foray into the lives and work of our #PolimodaPeople. Here you will find leads, inspirational interviews, award-winning projects, generated press and everything you need to know about our students and alumni’s achievements.

Brave young hearts

Polimoda alumna Olga Vasyukova is on the grind. The emerging Russian designer’s gender-inclusive brand Red September launched last year and has been making waves on a global scale. “I imagine the final shape of a thing in my head, break it into its component parts, and then I work with it in a flat,” she explains to i-D Vice, revealing the milk carton photo that inspired her signature shoulder pad silhouette, strict work ethic and new collection, Sons of Anarchy. The future’s looking bright for the young visionary.

Read the interview on i-d.vice.com


From telephone repairman to shoe designer, alumnus Chris Donovan is proof that it’s never too late to chase pipe dreams. Having completed Polimoda’s Master in Footwear Design, the fashion protagonist is currently working on his first line of high-end women’s shoes, earning him a feature in Forbes‘ round-up of career-launching experts and bearing testament to the power of change.

More about Chris Donovan’s leap of faith on forbes.com

Bye binary

The spearheading exhibition “Gender Bending Fashion” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is a catalyst for change. Featuring an array of sketches, paintings, photographs and videos, as well as contemporary pieces by Italian fashion designer and alumnus Alessandro Trincone, the gender expression and identity conversation is finally taking center stage. By dismantling the binary, the well-established talent is calling into question what masculinity should look like.

Find out about the exhibition on vogue.com

Lush leather

Alessia Messina is taking footwear to sky-high levels of excellence. At the 96th edition of Lineapelle, the fresh young talent won the 2019 Footwear Award at the INTRECCINCANTIERE fashion contest hosted by leather leader Manifattura di Domodossola. The awe-inspiring jury included Raffaello Napoleone (Pitti Immagine CEO), Bruna Rossi, Gianni Russo (Lineapelle president), as well as other fashion experts.

See the 2019 winner lineup on linea-pellefair.it

On everyone’s lips

For Dimitar Dradi, a female-centric approach to art is imperative to embodying society’s modern woman. A hybrid between fashion designer and artist, the young prodigy is being praised internationally for his collection, transforming mayhem into harmony while bringing human emotions and aesthetics to the front line of fashion.

Explore the inner workings of Dimitar Dradi on stayinart.com


A close-cut selection of flash updates.

  • Alumnus Massimo Cantini Parrini was nominated for a David di Donatello 2019 – the Oscars of Italian Cinema – for his costume design for the movie Dogman;
  • Anton Giulio Grande opened up to Italian luxury magazine Lusso Style about his 20-year career and the future of his brand;
  • Luxury Knitwear designer Romina Caponi of 16R Firenze is on our radar, winning 2nd place in the emerging designers category at Fashion Hub Market, a project by the National Chamber of Italian Fashion;
  • Polimoda alumnae and “No Face” Instagram influencers Annacarla and Simona racked up 100 000 followers, earning an exclusive feature in Corriere Della Sera.