The winner of Polimoda Fashion Show 2017

Tell me about you, Shania Matthews


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On Thursday June 15th, Polimoda’s Villa Favard transformed. The 19th century opulence became a dark labyrinth, packed full of fashion industry experts, media, and of course Polimoda People.

The 20 best collections from the final year students in Fashion Design took centre stage, and a jury of influential contemporary fashion figures looked on, studied the collections, and cast their votes. Composed of Christiane Arp (Editor-in-chief, Vogue Germany), Simone Cipriani (Head and Founder, Ethical Fashion Initiative), Fabrizio Fabbro (Senior Vice President of Creative Operations, Burberry), David Fischer (Founder and CEO, Highsnobiety), Simonetta Gianfelici (Fashion Consultant and Talent Scout), Sara Kozlowski (Director of Education & Professional Development, CFDA), Hirofumi Kurino (Co-Founder & Senior Adviser for Creative Direction, United Arrows), Linda Loppa (Advisor for Strategy and Vision, Polimoda), Michel Maffesoli (Sociologist and Emeritus Professor, La Sorbonne), Sara Maino (Senior Editor, Vogue Italia and Head of Vogue Talents), Kanya Miki (Associate Professor of the Faculty of Fashion Science, Bunka Fashion College), Diane Pernet (Founder, ASVOFF), Gioconda Rafanelli and August Kaciuruba (Photographers and Founders, Gioconda & August), Etienne Russo (Founder, Villa Eugénie), Francois Schweitzer (General Manager and Head of Business Development, Chalhoub Group Retail), Akiko Shinoda (Director of International Affairs, Japanese Fashion Week), Riccardo Vannetti (Tutorship Director, Pitti Immagine) and Danilo Venturi (Director, Polimoda), this jury were incredibly impressed with all the work and in fact for the first time ever, every one of the students received votes! Indeed it was incredibly close, which is why it was decided to not only announce the winner, but also two honourable mentions for two very deserving students.


Shania Matthews

for her collection Children should be seen and not heard

Honourable mentions

Federico Cina

for his collection Vacuum

Max Anish Gowriah

for his collection I

Shania Matthews – Children Should Be Seen and Not Heard

Federico Cina – Vacuum

Max Anish Gowriah – I

Shania’s womenswear collection reflected on the childhood of her mother, which in Ireland in the 60s and 70s, wasn’t simple. Despite this, the whimsical photos of her in flower fi­elds are dotted around their family home. It was a horrible moment in British and Irish history, which made Shania reflect on this incongruous imagery; on how colour can transform things. Broken pieces of china were put back together like a jigsaw on cheerful knitwear, and old pieces of tapestry were spontaneously used with applique and embroidery, as innocent offcuts of a politically charged past.

Congratulations Shania and to all the final year Fashion Design students who have now graduated! Thank you to everyone who came to the show, and see you next year!