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Responsible Evolution

Scholarship · Vogue Talents

Responsible Evolution, the special contest promoted by Istituto Marangoni with the creative support of Vogue Talents, that has challenged students from all over the world and that will grant special scholarships to attend Istituto Marangoni's courses, is coming to an end and the jury of professionals from Fashion and Design industry has teamed up to choose the finalists.

The candidates have submitted a project that represents the evolution of the business through the use of digital technologies with a problem-solving approach. The projects explored three thematic:

  • how to combine traditions and innovative craftmanship;
  • nature as a pivotal asset for a conscious future;
  • how digital communication has strenghtened the contemporary concept of fluidity. 

Discover the winners of the last edition of the scholarship project of Istituto Marangoni with the creative support of Vogue Talents.

A leading voice of fashion’s new generation, Paul Andrew is the youngest brand to win the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, for his eponymous footwear line in 2014. At once daring and down-to-earth, his work has garnered a unique balance of critical and commercial respect. Growing up in rural England, Andrew gained equal appreciation for traditional craftsmanship and technological innovation from his parents: the chief upholsterer for the Queen at Windsor Castle and an executive for Commodore Computers. Upon graduating, he apprenticed under Alexander McQueen. “Whenever I’m building a collection that feels too plain or merchandised,” Andrew told Harper’s Bazaar, “I often think: What would Lee do?” Next, he worked in New York, learning the importance of commercial viability alongside design icons Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Narciso Rodriguez. Andrew joined Salvatore Ferragamo in 2016, where he was promoted to Women’s Creative Director in 2017 and Brand Creative Director in 2019.

Marie-Ève Lecavalier (b. 1988, Montreal) first graduated with a bachelor's degree in management and fashion design from UQAM (Montreal, 2014). Desirous to refine her style, she joined in 2015 the prestigious HEAD (Haute École d’Art et de Design) in Geneva in order to do a master degree. Her graduation collection, entitled Come Get Trippy With Us, was selected for the 33rd edition of the international competition Festival de Mode et de Photographie d’Hyères in France. Her unique style and innovative approach earned her the 2018 Chloé Prize, as well as the Special Mention of the jury, chaired by the Belgian fashion designer Haider Ackermann. Lecavalier becomes the first French Canadian to win this award. In 2018, she founded her own line called LECAVALIER. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) prize for young fashion designers, and received the CAFA (Canadian Art & Fashion Award)/Swarovski prize for emerging talents. Since then, she has collaborated to the launch of her brand in partnership with the internationally renowned e-commerce retailer SSENSE, as well as with Maison Simons. 

Sara Sozzani Maino's fashion career began in 1994 as intern at Vogue Italia. Today, as Deputy Editor of Vogue Italia, Sara continues to work as Head of Vogue Talents, an important international project created with Franca Sozzani in 2009. A regular attendee at global talent spotting committees, Sara serves as a judge in several fashion competitions, including LVMH’s prize, the International Talent Support (ITS), Woolmark Prize, Fashion Trust Arabia and many more. Since September 2018 she has been the International Brand Ambassador for Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, while continuing to support a variety of initiatives dedicated to talents under the Vogue Italia umbrella. In 2019 she has launched A New Awareness, a project that aims to raise awareness and consciousness among the new generations. In February 2020 – in partnership with Yoox – the project Vogue Yoox Challenge was launched to support creatives and start-ups that are investing in responsible fashion.

Fashion Market Director at Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue, Francesca Ragazzi’s main drive and focus is to coordinate the synergy and the dialogue between key fashion partners and creatives on behalf of the magazines she works for under the leadership of Emanuele Farneti. After completing her studies in Modern Literature at the Sorbonne University in Paris, Francesca started her career at Vogue Italia's Paris offices in 2010 first as an intern, then as correspondent. Internationally oriented in her professional and private life surroundings, she transitioned to the Vogue US offices in Paris as European Fashion Associate, which subsequently led to her transferring to New York's Headquarters as Fashion Market Editor where she has worked side by side with editors such as Anna Wintour, Virginia Smith, Grace Coddington and Tonne Goodman. Ragazzi currently has a daily relationship with key brands creative, comms and marketing teams, participates in brainstormings for new ideas with the EIC and editorial team.

Gea Politi is the editor and director of Flash Art, one of the most influential platforms for contemporary art since 1967. She collaborates with renowned international institutions and artists and with the Ethical Fashion Initiative (a United Nations agency), organizes cultural projects, with specific awareness for inclusion and gender issues.