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MEET Federico Brugnoli | Scientific Director Master in Fashion Sustainability & Industry Evolution

Federico Brugnoli has always worked as an entrepreneur in the field of advanced services for sustainability and innovation. He graduated with honours in 1997 in Environmental Sciences from the State University of Milan. In 2009, he founded Spin360, a company that has grown over time and specialises in developing new sustainable business models and innovative solutions from a technological and organisational point of view, dedicated (among others) to luxury companies all over the world.

Today Brugnoli is also the Scientific Director of the new Master in Fashion Sustainability & Industry Evolution of Accademia Costume & Moda, Milano.

THE THEME OF SUSTAINABILITY HAS PERMEATED THE LAST FEW YEARS OF THE DEBATE ON FASHION AND THE LUXURY MARKET, OFTEN WITH MORE CONCRETE INTERPRETATIONS IN THE COMMUNICATION PHASE THAN IN THE ACTUAL PRODUCTION PROCESS. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT SHOULD BE THE APPROACH TO THE SYSTEM IN ITS ENTIRETY, CONSIDERING THAT THE SOLUTIONS FOR COMPLEX PROBLEMS INVOLVE SKILLS RANGING FROM ENVIRONMENTAL TO SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FACTORS?

Negli ultimi anni, molti nel mondo della moda parlano di sostenibilità, sempre di più e in maniera sempre più attiva. Ma in realtà qual è l’approccio che l’industria della moda ha portato in termini di sostenibilità? In alcuni casi lo sviluppo di progetti molto interessanti e concreti e in altri, invece, un approccio molto impegnato più sulla comunicazione che sull’effettivo svolgimento di progetti concreti. Noi vogliamo offrire un approccio diverso. Vogliamo far sì che la sostenibilità sia all’interno di tutti i processi aziendali, per cui nel nostro master si parlerà di sostenibilità dal punto di vista scientifico, ma caleremo questi concetti anche nella realtà delle cose, portando anche i casi concreti e progettualità specifiche.

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THIS MASTER AND WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES IT OFFERS? WHAT PROJECTS, WHAT EXPERIENCES WILL THE STUDENTS HAVE?

The objectives of the Master are ambitious and we have organized ourselves to reach them fully. First of all we want to ensure that students have an idea and a complete vision of what sustainability really means.

We have developed and are carrying out collaborations with important brand – in different positions in the fashion supply chain – to ensure that students can apply sustainable concepts, including innovative ones, and that can also be applied to different realities represented by these companies

WHO IS THIS MASTER FOR?

Obviously the master is open, by its very nature, to many, different figures who decide to tackle this very important issue. We can talk about people with a first level academic degree, graduates and undergraduates of fashion academies, but also those coming from different backgrounds, for example economic rather than engineering. We also address people who may be already employed and have decided, however, to deepen their skills on this very topic. At the moment, we have not placed a limit on entry with respect to the skills students will need to have. However, we certainly turn to people who are very curious and eager to develop this ambitious path with us.

WHICH PROFESSIONALS DO THEY WANT TO TRAIN?

At the end of the training process, participants will have the opportunity to pursue a career in fashion companies, certainly in the CSR and Social Coprorate Responsibility offices, as well as in sustainability. But precisely due to the transversal nature of the skills we want to provide, the professional figures that, in our opinion, will be developed also include people who will be able to act at a managerial level, both in production and in merchandising. Certainly, in the field of innovation and in the field of supply chain management. It is also clear that those who develop the skills of our master will be able to aspire to become a consultant for fashion companies globally.

EXPERIMENTATION AND CULTURE, COMBINED WITH DESIGN AND CRAFTSMANSHIP, ARE THE HEART OF ACCADEMIA COSTUME & MODA, AIMED AT PROVIDING THE FASHION SYSTEM AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY WITH PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF COMPANIES. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS APPROACH CAN PROVIDE THE MASTER’S PARTICIPANTS WITH A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE / SUCCESS FACTOR IN THE REFERENCE WORLD?

Accademia Costume & Moda is a leading international player in this specific sector, therefore in the field of fashion and costume. It has a well-established history and an equally well-established international reputation. He is, therefore, a main and very important actor for this master to be successful. It is equally important that the master leads to the typical contamination of the Costume & Fashion Academy with others from the scientific and industrial worlds. For this reason, the teaching staff has been selected in a very precise way to be able to provide all the elements that students need, to have both the fashion background, but also all the innovative elements that derive from the technical, regulatory, aspects of communication and the aspects of application and collaboration with important companies.

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