PolimodaPeople #9

Daring creativity meets social consciousness where our alumni challenge the conventional

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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.

Femme Fairytale

‘Important hats for intelligent minds,’ and for the ultimate femme fatale. After creating bespoke turbans for the Bulgari High Jewelry presentation Wild Pop, hat guru Eleonora Bruno took to the runway for a more sensual, luxe clientele. Her feathered headpieces for Intimissimi’s Enchanted Forest lingerie show synced in tune with spellbinding visions of natural, self-assured femmes, proving the alumna a new go-to for crowning the powerhouse ladies of contemporary times.

Watch the ode to womanhood on intimissimi.com

Third time’s a charm

With his third David di Donatello in hand, alumnus Massimo Cantini Parrini goes from the stage to the screen, designing for Matteo Garrone’s critically acclaimed Italian drama Dogman, and earning best European Costume Designer 2018 at this year’s European Film Awards. His on-point costumes “serve the film very well by skillfully merging with photography and production design, creating, altogether, this particular aesthetic,” writes the panel, applauding his contemporary take on neorealism and poetic artistry.

Read the praise on europeanfilmawards.com

El Silencio

Flaunt Magazine loves Barbara Sanchez-Kane almost as much as we do. Exploring the rise of activism in of Latinx culture and queries surrounding what it means to be Mexican, the fashion and culture magazine spoke with the designer about her recent popup at Nicodim Gallery with Mezcal El Silencio, a company reviving the ancient art of artisanal mezcal. In this tête-à-tête, the iconoclast gets real about supporting women and her place in the world of art.

Barbara Sanchez-Kane - Flaunt
More of Sanchez-Kane x El Silencio on flaunt.com

Stitch the sustainable

Fashion Design alumna Erica Bergamaschi was one of 10 finalists of the prestigious H&M Design Award 2019. Her mason-inspired graduation collection, presented at this year’s Fashion Show, merges vivid and repurposed textiles to signify the stability and instability that permeate diverging social classes. Calling for an environmentally responsible industry, the new designer has proved her power in heralding a more conscious fashion future.

Read more about this year’s event on cosmopolitan.com

Stop F*cking With My Planet

Recent grad Anna Dorian doesn’t hold back: her color-punched designs give political dissent a visual voice, merging innovative materials to signify the urgency of climate change. Recently on show at Modebelofte during Dutch Design Week, Anna’s graduation collection mirrors the different stages of melting ice, employing fur intarsia, cord, Jacquard piqué and vivid graphics with a nod to 80s club culture. Photographed by Polimoda Art Direction student Gabriele Rosati, the politically conscious pieces caught the eye of Fucking Young!, who vibed with the young designer’s push for transformation of thought and aesthetic.

Anna Dorian - Fuckying Young
See her epic photo feature on fuckingyoung.es

Rebrand the man

Masculinity – its vulnerabilities and surrounding sexual connotations – remains in many ways unexplored in Italy, notes Collateral Magazine. And Nicola Indelicato, Polimoda alumnus and designer, is forcing the convo to the mainstream. Born and raised in Florence, the young talent launched his 2016 label to unite diverging ideas and worlds, mixing visual and tactile materials to stir debates surrounding sexuality in online spaces and its impact on human behavior.

Nicola Indelicato - Collateral

See where 90s skate culture meets Catholicism on collater.al

The future is female

After completing Polimoda’s program in Footwear and Bag Technology, Shenai Bridglall, former model, Miss South Africa semi-finalist and all-around go-getter, started her own a global luxury goods conglomerate, adding to an existing nonprofit aimed at reducing gender inequality in South Africa. “I want to provide girls with the resources to become somebodies instead of somebody’s,” she explains to Women on Topp, unveiling what it takes to be successful entrepreneur, her life motto and the link between discipline and creativity.

Shenai Bridglall - Women On Topp

Read the interview on womenontopp.com


A close-cut selection of flash updates.

  • Alumnus Alessandro Trincone’s sculptural designs grace the new cover of D4MAG Vol. 4 ‘Model Story’ in New York;
  • Soul Spiritz, an Istanbul-based brand created by alumna Alara Buyukkoyuncu, got an exclusive photo feature in Fashion Maniac for its masculine take on womenswear;
  • St. Petersburg sisters and Polimoda alumni Darya and Anastasia Zhilyaev are behind the cosmopolitan brand February First, considered one of top 9 upcycling brands by Buro 24/7;
  • Model and Fashion Art Direction student Lavinia Feliziani caught the eye of VM-Mag, who caught up with the talent for a one-on-one interview on her fashion journey;
  • Fashion Brand Management alumna and jewelry designer Leyla Hall got a special feature in the top 100 Business Women of Azerbaijan and interview in FRIDAY.az.