I’M Alumni Collections ®evolution
I’M Alumni Collections ®evolution is the unique mentoring project conceived by Istituto Marangoni to promote talent through which Istituto Marangoni fully supports a young designer, former student, to successfully enter the international fashion scene.
A one of a kind project, I’M Alumni Collections ®evolution confirms Istituto Marangoni’s commitment to enhancing talented designers through economic and organizational support with the aim of rewarding talent and fostering the career development of its students.
The young talents selected for this special initiative bring in their own brand and idea for a fashion collection. Istituto Marangoni will support them at every stage of the project, from the collection’s production – also creating profitable collaborations with fabric and clothing manufacturers – to the organization of a fashion show advertised through the main online and offline communication channels, and up to the introduction of the new brand to major showrooms.
The first edition of the project successfully brought Armando Costa on the global fashion scene: Armando’s SS18 Collection “Horror Vacui” was presented to international press, buyers and industry representatives through the fashion show, held during Milano Moda Donna, on September 23rd 2017. Thanks to the project, Armando accessed other unique exposure opportunities that enabled him to take part to international events such as Domenicana Moda, Milan Design Week Out Shanghai.
Mirroring the first edition, the project was launched for 2018 as well: in December 2017 all Istituto Marangoni Alumni were invited to share their creative ideas for SS 2019 collection.
Alumni designers had the chance to apply till February 15th: following the deadline for applications, the Selection Committee, featuring Istituto Marangoni management members (Roberto Riccio – Istituto Marangoni CEO, Giulia Pirovano – Istituto Marangoni Chief Alumni, Industry Liaison and Career Advice Officer, Malcom McInnes, Istituto Marangoni Group Director of Education) and renowned fashion professionals such as Riccardo Grassi – Founder and Owner Riccardo Grassi Showroom, Massimiliano de Marianis – Senior Buyer LuisaViaRoma, Filippo Ceroni – Grazia Bagnaresi CEO, Jacopo Ceroni – Grazia Bagnaresi Artistic Director) gathered to evaluate candidates and to elect the talent of 2018 edition.
Tianyi Li, Istituto Marangoni The London School of Fashion Alumna, was selected as I’M Alumni Collections ®evolution 2018 designer for the second edition: Tianyi had her fashion show on September 20th during Milano Fashion Week at the prestigious Sala delle Cariatidi.
As continuation of the project, pursuing the goal of promoting Alumni talents worldwide and giving them visibility opportunities, both Armando and Tianyi had the opportunity to showcase their collections on the catwalk in Santo Domingo, during Domenicana Moda, on September 24th 2018.
This year, the name that will shine on the Milanese catwalks will be that of Nynne Kunde, who graduated from Istituto Marangoni London in 2018 and who’s been selected as the winner of the third edition of I’M Alumni Collections ®evolution.
Discover more about past editions and follow the progress of I’M Alumni Collections ®evolution 2019!
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