Polimoda students are leaving their mark all over the globe, even on the virtual screen. On September 27, SHOWStudio’s Editor and curator Lou Stoppard assembled a discussion panel to analyze Lanvin’s new S/S 18 womanswear line freshly launched on the Paris Fashion Week runway. The live broadcast panel featured five fashion-savvy students from different academic backgrounds among which Polimoda’s very own Irene Frosinini, who is interning at SHOWStudio as a part of her Business of Fashion undergraduate program.
While dissecting Lanvin’s dos and don’ts, the group also dipped into an assortment of tricky topics, from augmented reality in e-couture to the double-edged loss of brand identity, from retail vs catwalk experience to mainstream fashion’s growing “appetite for the outsider” in scouting new designers.
“I think that Polimoda was crucial in preparing me for experiences like this” says Irene. “Discussions represent an important part of the school’s educational model. Here at SHOWStudio I have found the same collaborative atmosphere which permeates the classrooms and corridors of Villa Favard, where the very concepts of sharing and cross-fertilization are key. Business of Fashion has helped me develop a multi-functional mental pattern that allows me to feel confident in many fields. My studies have given me the wide range of tools and resources I needed to take on each task with a smile and an open mind, from bringing Mr Knight his coffee to partaking in a live discussion panel”.
Irene’s position as editorial intern within one of today’s pioneering platforms has opened her up to the ever-evolving world of fashion media, giving her a chance to learn first-hand what happens both backstage and in the backend while enjoying the privilege of digging daily into SHOWStudio’s precious archives. “I spend a lot of time doing research, watching interviews, looking for inspiration or picking the quintessential quote” Irene continues. “We organize a lot of Live Panel Discussions – in this case I am in charge of live-tweeting the event, highlighting the most relevant points made by our guest speakers. I am also active in other departments but I am mainly involved in the Editorial aspect of SHOWStudio. Every day I leave the office feeling inspired, fortified and more aware than the day before. Working alongside visionary artists like Nick Knight is truly an incredible experience and an ongoing learning process”.