On the occasion of Talents 2020, the Accademia Costume & Moda presented a project that visualizes the synopsis of the Undergraduate Course in Costume & Fashion; a unique training course developed to bring out the identity of its students, as well as to equip them with awareness, individuality, cultural appreciation, competence, technique, experience and professionalism.

This edition involved 18 students (10 for clothing and 8 for accessories) who were given the opportunity to collaborate with 47 Made in Italy companies to create 18 Capsule Collections (6 outfits each) that were presented during Altaroma, on Saturday 25 January at the Ex-Caserma Guido Reni.

The young designers are: Sajith Amaratunga, Eva Bureau, Benedetta Cidonio, Elena D’Amico, Giulio D’Arpino, Alessia Di Seclì, Maddalena Gentile, Arianna Irato, Gabriele Larcher, Alessandra Mansi, Marco Passone, Federica Pironti, Alice Piscedda, Beatrice Scanni, Alessandro Tais, Giorgia Tavian, Irene Valandro, Marie Bernadette Woehrl.

New to this edition of Talents was the participation of students enrolled in the Undergraduate Course in Fashion Communication: Fashion Editor, Styling & Communication, coordinated by Romina Toscano, who presented a multi-channel communication project on a topic of their choice, developed during the academic year under the tutorship of Antonio Mancinelli, Senior Editor for Marie Claire Italia, and supported day by day by Marco Meloni.

The students for the Talents 2020 BA Fashion Editor, Styling and Communication are: Luca Cantiello, Camilla Galletta, Giada Mussini, Sara Verrecchia.

Judging the work of all the participants, was a prestigious jury of experts who will evaluate the collections and portfolios in terms of Innovation, Research, Product and Total Look for Costume & Fashion students; and in terms of Research, Innovation, Realization and Presentation for the Communication students.

Hilary Alexander OBE, President Graduate Fashion Foundation, Journalist; Giampiero Arcese Creative Director; Manuela Brini, Talent Acquisition LVMH; Burak Cakmak, Dean of Fashion  Parson’s School of Design; Andrea Ciaraldi  Senior Vice President, Creative Director Women’s Collection Ralph  Lauren; Albino D’Amato Owner and Creative Director A.Teodoro; Giovanna Gentile Ferragamo, Ferragamo; Deanna Ferretti Veroni  Modateca Deanna; Simonetta Gianfelici, Fashion Consultant & Talent Scout; Laura Lusuardi, Fashion Coordinator Max Mara;  Sara Sozzani Maino, Deputy Editor in Chief Special Projects Vogue Italia e Head of Vogue Talents; Raffaello Napoleone, CEO Pitti Immagine; Leah Perez  Senior Lecture, former Head of Fashion Design Department Shenkar; Fabio Piras,Course Director Central Saint Martins; Gena Smith SVP Head of Creative Human Resources LVMH; Norbert Stumpfl, Executive Design Director Brioni; Francesco Tombolini President Camera Buyer; Silvia Venturini Fendi, Creative Director Fendi, President Altaroma.

A. Lupo Lanzara (Vice-President of the Academy): “We are proud to present the 2020 Talents with whom a decade of intense work, growth and change draws to its conclusion. At the same time with them, and with over 80 companies that over the years have started to collaborate daily with the Academy, a new decade and a new chapter is inaugurated. Thanks to these protagonists, Made in Italy heroes, today we are among the most important international academic institutions, and together with them we have embarked on new paths both in terms of training, for example, the launch of the new Master in “Fabrics Innovation Design” in February, but also in terms of career opportunities, bringing the employment rate of our students to over 93%. Special thanks go to all of our Faculty, and especially to the Talents Coordinators Santo Costanzo and Luigi Mulas, together with the Academic Directorship, Adrien Roberts and Barbara Trebitsch “.

Pitti Immagine – through the Pitti Tutoring & Consuting Group that offers support and enrichment to fashion designers – selected again one of the 18 Talents 2020 to whom it conferred the “Pitti Tutoring & Consutin Reword”. Established in 2017,the award went to Eva Bureau.

Special thanks go to alumnus Marco Mastroianni, Head of Materials and Manufacturing Research for some of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world, who supported the participants in choosing their fabrics, together with the infinite generosity and momentous support from the Sistema Moda Italia companies who supplied fabrics and garments.

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