PolimodaPeople at Milan Fashion Week

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Welcome to our Milan Fashion Week special edition of #PolimodaPeople. This is our foray into the lives and work of our tight-knit community.

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.

Happy reading, #PolimodaPeople.

I Have Fallen in Love With You
Federico Cina, Anna Wintour and Sara Maino at Milan Fashion Week. Photo by Stefano Guindani
Federico Cina, Anna Wintour and Sara Maino at Milan Fashion Week. Photo by Stefano Guindani

Palazzo Cusani opened its arms to welcome Polimoda alumnus Federico Cina for Milan Fashion Week. The winner of Who is On Next? 2019 showcased his Made in Italy Spring/Summer 2020 collection “Mi Sono Innamorato Di Te.” The emerging designer, paying homage the sweet Romagna hills of his hometown, wears his heart on his sleeve in his newest collection, depicting the disappointment of love through pieces inspired by the 70s.

Truth be told, Cina’s Made-in-Romagna brand is all about vintage meeting romance and bad relationships turning into life lessons. During his time at Milan Fashion Week, he also had the opportunity to talk to Anna Wintour about his collection, making our hearts beat a little bit faster.

The Undergraduate in Fashion Design alumnus graduated in 2017 and has since been featured in publications such as Vogue Italia, Vogue US, Hypebeast, Fucking Young! and more.

Congratulations, Federico!

Discover his collection on vogue.it

Gucci Dreamin’
Polimoda student Tomi Ayanleke
Polimoda student Tomi Ayanleke

Polimoda student Tomi Ayanleke walked the runway for Gucci at Milan Fashion Week. Currently completing her Master in Fashion Brand Management, the Nigerian model is working hard on her brand while seamlessly balancing her career and her education.

I went for the Gucci casting with zero intentions of doing the show. Regardless, I was super nervous because it was my first show and first brand…a huge deal! My experience working with Gucci was more than I imagined because the team was really nice and welcoming which made it a lot easier for me.”

Being a fashion institute and following the iconic Polimoda Duets: Marco Bizzarri, we couldn’t help but ask about the outfit she wore on the runway. “I wore the blank-style outfit in beige and ivory… the utilitarian clothes. I got to understand that the clothes portrayed [Alessandro Michele’s vision of] the most extreme version of a uniformed society. Also representing how power is exercised over life to eliminate self-expression through fashion which I found very interesting.”

Ayanleke’s plans for the future? “After my Polimoda Master’s, I really can’t say what the future holds for me, but with my degree and network, I will be focusing on starting my brand, continuing to model, striving to improve myself daily and taking each life challenge as it comes.”

Good luck, Tomi!

Check out Gucci’s new Spring/Summer collection on vogue.com

DROMe gets an A+
DROMe fashion show during Milan Fashion Week
DROMe fashion show during Milan Fashion Week

After years in Paris, founder and creative director Marianna Rosati brought her Italian brand DROMe to Milan Fashion Week for the very first time. Designed for city girls and inspired by the 70s and early 80s, the Polimoda alumnae from the Master in Fashion Design is making it happen.

Described by the designer as a “feminine and sensual version of Al Pacino in Scarface,” the daughter of Santacroce founder Ferrero Rosati showcased her Spring/Summer 2020 Ready-To-Wear collection, celebrating her Italian homecoming in the coolest way. It’s nowhere but up from here.

We’re proud of you, Marianna!

View the entire collection on vogue.it

Fashion Squad Fieldtrip
Alice Ferraz with Polimoda students

Students of the Master in Fashion Marketing & Communications joined their mentor, digital entrepreneur and founder of F*Hits Alice Ferraz, for an unforgettable Milan Fashion Week adventure. From runway shows to exhibitions and events, students soaked it all in and fully experienced the ins and out of fashion week.

Dubbed as one of the 20 most powerful women in Brazil by Forbes, Ferraz took her beloved mentees under her wing, showing them the ropes at fashion week with her influencer squad by her side and, naturally, documenting the entire journey in her lush Instagram stories for her half a million followers.

Experiences like this one are key to student success. “It is our task to train the professionals of tomorrow in the fashion industry and to do so, we rely on experts and figures who know this world well. Our training is based on study and experience and the results are more than encouraging. The success of our students is the greatest satisfaction for us,” states Director Danilo Venturi, shining a light on Polimoda’s teaching methodology.

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