Postcards from Florence

Urban portraits and stories for a new Renaissance

Polimoda presents a digital exhibition dedicated to Florence. Driven by the authenticity and creative talent of our young students, fragments of stories and urban portraits invite viewers to reflect on a new intellectual and aesthetic Renaissance.

Postcards from Florence presents 30 young creatives from all over the world — a genuine perspective on Florence as an international symbol of beauty and culture. Over one hundred photographs appear alongside wondrous stories written by our students, curating an enchanting collection of memories from the place that has become their second home.


Undergraduate in Fashion Merchandising Management student Cecil Ochieng from Kenya in Piazza del Duomo

The evocative black and white shots were taken in 2020, the year the world hit pause. Fragments of a semi-deserted and quiet Italian city alongside young people from different countries and cultures are captured in the timeless squares of Florence, encapsulating their uniqueness and recognizing the beauty of their diversity. 

How shoe designers are made - Master in shoe design in partnership with Salvatore Ferragamo

Florence is art, history, elegance, craftsmanship and beauty. Every year, young people from all over the world choose the Tuscan capital to deepen their cultural formation, bringing internationality and facets of contemporary and intercultural diversity to the community.


Undergraduate in Fashion Design student Yi Ding from China in Villa Bardini 

Truth be told, the Renaissance city is inextricably intertwined with the educational growth of young students. Cultural backgrounds blend with their unique mix of past, present and future. Florence has always been a fundamental part of Polimoda's DNA, and Polimoda students continue to become a more vital part of city life. 

"Florence is art, history, elegance, craftsmanship and beauty. Every year, young people from all over the world choose the Tuscan capital to deepen their cultural formation, bringing internationality and facets of contemporary and intercultural diversity to the community."


Undergraduate in Fashion Styling student Farid Chaher from Italy at San Miniato al Monte

We are forever thankful to current and graduate students Andrea Shael Onate, Apolline Emery, Cecil Ochieng, Cecilia Baistrocchi, Claudia Catelli, David Cash, Domenico Orefice, Elisa Angerer, Farid Chaher, Florence Ryan, Giovanni Giunta, Ilaria Bellomo, Janie Marais, Liv Løddesøl, Lorenzo Gomez, Lorenzo Guarnieri, Micol Biondi, Oluwafeyitimi Majekodunmi, Polina Gorbatova, Rex Lee, Mingze Sun, Tommaso Palamin, Victoria Huisman, Vittoria Michelotti, Vlada Filippenko, William Morgan and Yi Ding for spending time with us this summer and sharing their stories for Postcards from Florence. 


Undergraduate in Fashion Design Management student Vlada Filippenko from Ukraine at the Loggiato degli Uffizi

Piazza del Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Loggiato degli Uffizi, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Repubblica, Santa Maria Novella, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza dei Ciompi, Piazza Pitti, Piazza e Mercato di San Lorenzo, Piazza Strozzi, Villa Bardini, Museo Marino Marini, San Miniato al Monte, Porta San Niccolò e Rampe del Poggi, Piazza del Carmine, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Giardino dell’Orticoltura, Giardino delle Rose, Piazza Santa Trinita, Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza Ognissanti, Mercato del Porcellino and Piazza della Stazione are some of the locations featured in Postcards from Florence. 

Special thanks also goes to the Comune di Firenze, Fondazione CR Firenze, Fondazione Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron, Museo Marino Marini Firenze and Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.