We are all techno-primitive,
this gives us a superiority that borders on monstrous,
potentially destructive, supernatural, yet cultural.
Danilo Venturi, Director of Polimoda
On the heels of unforgettable days with Alber Elbaz, legendary creative director and honorary guest of graduating students’ final review, the Polimoda Fashion Show 2019 will unveil the best menswear and womenswear collections by fourth-year undergraduates in Fashion Design, making their industry debut during the 96th edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo.
Probing the dualism between craftsmanship and technology, Polimoda’s graduation show is titled Supernature, a concept stemming from the Greek term techne, the personification of art, translated over the centuries as “ars,” “technique” and “know-how.” Designers today must delve into the many contradictions that define human nature, calling into question the instinct to transform nature into product, to craft beauty through the use of tools; through clothing, our students allow garb to mirror the primal, reflecting the never-ending contradictions between nature and technology, our past and future, science and art.
“We live in a world of contradictions,” explains Polimoda Director Danilo Venturi. “We use technology to ensure we create natural products and call it sustainability. We access content from electronic devices but do so with our fingers. We spend more time in the virtual world than the real one, and yet the majority of the images we publish and observe are human faces. We live in extraordinary landscapes but want to bring tourism to space. If fashion mirrors society, then this is also reflected in our clothing and accessories. We are all techno-primitive; this gives us a superiority that borders on monstrous, potentially destructive, supernatural, yet cultural.”
Sara Kozlowski, CFDA Director of Education and Professional Development, will guide the event, the epic outcome of a four-year course of study. The end-of-year Fashion Show is the culmination of an ongoing collaboration with the fashion expert, who Polimoda welcomed as a mentor and lecturer in 2017. Moreover, the event is an opportunity to showcase the work of young designers before a selected international audience of fashion insiders, from journalists to companies and industry professionals, alongside an international jury who together will decide the Best Collection for 2019.
Composed of some of the most influential contemporary fashion figures, this jury will decide the Best Collection of 2019. Thanks to the partnership with Pitti Immagine, the awarded student will receive the Pitti Tutoring & Consulting Reward, guiding their professional path with a series of meetings with Luca Rizzi, Pitti Tutoring & Consulting Director and his team, as well as special support from Polimoda in the academic year following.
Polimoda will hold its 2019 Fashion Show in the revived Manifattura Tabacchi, a space that after almost two decades of abandonment has begun its transformation into a hub of contemporary culture and life. The 8-hectare space expects to house the institute’s third branch in the 6000 square-meter edificio dell’orologio. Polimoda’s choice of scenery for its annual fashion event follows the footsteps of other prominent designers – from Gucci to Gosha Rubchinskiy – that reused the area’s warehouses for their runway shows and related events during the annual Pitti Uomo trade fair.
The complex’s first fully functioning tailoring workshops were opened this past October, granting students access to cutting-edge fashion spaces and state-of-the-art machinery. Roughly 1000 square meters of workrooms are currently being used by final-year Fashion Design and Fashion Technology students, as well as Master’s students in Fashion Design and Collection Design, merging the past and future to house institute’s new educational playground. In line with Polimoda’s vision of fostering ties between students and the industry, the spaces witnessed a series of workshops with special guests and industry experts.
Selected from the entire cohort of final year Fashion Design students, the following young designers will present their collections on the runway this year.
The Polimoda Fashion Show 2019 will be published live via our social networks on June 11th from 9:30 pm.
This event is by invitation only.
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