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Polimoda’s Independent Approach

Polimoda’s Independent Approach

FLORENCE, Italy — Founded in 1986, privately funded Polimoda has emerged as one of Italy’s most prestigious fashion schools. Located across two campuses – a historic villa and a newly built design lab — in the Renaissance city of Florence, the school’s 150 professors teach a wide spectrum of fashion related courses across marketing, management, finance, branding, communications, art direction, trend forecasting, footwear, textile development and pattern and garment design.

Polimoda encourages its internationally diverse student body to develop skills across a range of disciplines, in order to best prepare them for the realities of the modern fashion industry. Each  course is designed to expand both theoretical and practical ability. Conscious that the fashion system is subject to continuous change, Polimoda consistently reviews, redefines its courses, faculty and services for students and companies to reflect the industry as it stands today. The college boasts a graduate employment rate of 88%.

BoF sits down with Polimoda’s dean, Danilo Venturi, to find out how the Florentine institution prepares its students for the realities of a career in fashion, and why talent is the true driver of the fashion industry.

BoF: How would you describe the DNA of Polimoda?

As an independent institute operating without the support of large commercial groups, education is Polimoda’s only focus. As an institution, Polimoda seeks to balance its Florentine legacy of the finest production, art, craftsmanship, fashion brands and trade fairs, with its role as an international centre of learning — capable of expressing its opinion on a world stage. We seek to form fashion professionals who have both the ability to do and to be: practical skills and personal development. This positive dualism, also visible in our black and white corporate colours, gives the school and our students an instantly recognisable character.

The Polimoda campus has a tight-knit, family feeling and our focus on what we teach is obsessive. We deliver undergraduate and masters courses, some created especially for professionals who are keen to take a new direction in their career, along with a range of short courses. Our classes are mainly taught in English and our students come from 60 different nations. Polimoda alumni are now planted throughout the industry, staying in contact with each other through a large network — forming a bigger community, which supports and helps each other. The school belongs to those who make it: the students.

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