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Dis-Cycling Project

In Partnership with Cartier, Pardgroup, and Maurizio Galimberti

Istituto Marangoni Firenze unveil the second edition of Dis-Cycling: an initiative on sustainability that blends art, fashion and innovation in a unique synergy.

In its first edition, the initiative brought together students from Fashion Design, Multimedia Arts, and Textile Innovation to collaborate with the artist Sarah Coleman, Fendi, and Pardgroup.

Building on this success, this year students from the Multimedia ArtArts Curating and Fashion Styling courses had the opportunity to collaborate with Cartier and Pardgroup together with the famous photographer Maurizio Galimberti, known for his iconic mosaics made with Polaroids.

Students, utilizing discarded materials from past Cartier installations provided by Pardgroup, were tasked with creating art installations. The resulting artworks exemplify the transformative power of upcycling, showcasing recycling and reuse as inspirational elements in contemporary art and fashion.

Windows at Cartier Store · Via Tornabuoni Firenze

The result of this collaboration is a collection of three fascinating photographic mosaics, each portraying the installations of the students who have best interpreted the idea of the project.

The mosaics are displayed in the elegant windows of the Cartier store in via Tornabuoni during Pitti Uomo (January 2024).

Courses in Multimedia Art, Arts Curating, and Fashion Styling

Tutors, along with artist Maurizio Galimberti, supported students in the creation, execution, and production phases, showcasing skills and guiding them through the intricate creative process.

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Students immersed themselves in the "Dis-Cycling" project, enjoying the unique opportunity to work closely with distinguished experts in fashion and art.

Throughout the creation, execution, and production phases, they had the valuable support of their tutors, including Carolina Gestri · Course Leader in Art, Odile Corsi · Course Leader for Fashion Styling & Creative Direction, and Sara Mautone · Photography Tutor, and the finishing touches to their artworks were applied using materials provided by Pardgroup, which had previously adorned Cartier showcases, aligning with principles of environmental respect through recycling.

As the initiative concluded, one outstanding student's work earned a coveted spot in the Cartier windows in Florence, a selection process that considered the collaborative efforts of Maison Cartier, the tutors, and mentor Maurizio Galimberti. 

In the framework of this project, Pardgroup, our partner specializing in crafting and installing captivating window displays and pop-ups for numerous luxury brands, reached out to one of its esteemed clients, Cartier, presenting a unique project about sustainability.

This initiative not only provides the opportunity to repurpose materials that might otherwise go to waste but also allows students to unleash their creativity by collaborating with the artist Maurizio Galimberti.

Maurizio Galimberti stands as a distinguished artist renowned for his groundbreaking work in the realm of photography. With a career spanning several decades, Galimberti has earned international acclaim for his innovative approach to capturing moments through his signature "instant mosaics". His unique method involves arranging Polaroid photographs in a mosaic-like composition, creating visually striking and textured imagery.

Students working with Maurizio Galimberti

Maurizio Galimberti played a pivotal role, guiding and inspiring students in the creation, execution, and production phases. His expertise and artistic vision enriched the students' understanding of the intricate creative process. During a memorable photoshoot, Galimberti's famous instant mosaics came to life, adding a distinctive and captivating touch to the collaboration.

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