Polimoda 1986

Polimoda is a fashion school

Polimoda. Fashion school. It’s based in Florence, in Villa Strozzi. It organizes specialized courses at a university level for training in the various fashion disciplines. It was founded in 1986 at the request of the municipalities of Florence and Prato and of the trade associations, based on an agreement with the Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York.

An agreement with the University of Florence allows to carry out integrated courses. It also allows to offer qualified students the opportunity to earn the University Diploma in Costume and Fashion Operator.

Polimoda since 1998

Polimoda has also been a member of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes, an association of the world’s leading fashion schools for the quality of training, since 1998. The main addresses provided by the Institute are women’s and men’s fashion design, knitwear styling, shoe styling, pattern making, fabric design and production, accessory design, product management, and fashion marketing, in addition to the International Fashion Design course, held between Florence and New York. The links with industry and the world of fashion are close and functional.

The school was originally founded as the International Polytechnic of Fashion by Shirley Goodman, former Executive Vice President Emeritus of the FIT of New York and Executive Director of the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, and by Emilio Pucci, Marquis of Barsento and founder of the famous Florentine brand Emilio Pucci. The executive staff today includes Ferruccio Ferragamo as President, Massimiliano Giornetti as Director, and Linda Loppa as Strategy and Vision Advisor.

Giornetti has already been present in the school staff since July 2019

Giorgetti had the role of Head of the Design Department, and now Giornetti has taken over from the outgoing director Danilo Venturi. Born in 1971, the new director Giornetti, after graduating in Florence, attended the Polimoda Fashion Design course.

He then began a long and fruitful career in the world of fashion which led him to take on the role of creative director for Salvatore Ferragamo. Then he collaborated in the international relaunch of the iconic Chinese brand Shanghai Tang, redefining the aesthetics and values of the brand. He also received prestigious awards including GQ Spain ‘Man of the Year’ Best Designer, Marie Claire Spain ‘Best Accessories Collection’, and GQ Mexico-International Designer of the Year.

Linda Loppa is one of the most recognized figures in international education

Linda Loppa, in addition to founding the Flanders Fashion Institute and the Flanders Fashion Institute forum, spent more than 25 years as the head of the fashion department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Today she extends her expertise to the industry, serving as a consultant with over 45 years of experience in fashion.

She is often mentioned with “the Six of Antwerp” and their pioneering stature within the international fashion community. Loppa is credited with leading a number of initiatives, such as Mode 2001, to help raise the profiles of Belgian industry, and in 2002 she was awarded an honorary medal by the Flemish parliament in recognition of her work. She directed the MoMu, the Fashion Museum Antwerp, between 1998 and 2006 and curated a series of exhibitions, such as Yohji Yamamoto in 2006.

Loppa joined the Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing in Florence as director in 2007 and she oversaw the institution’s establishment as a leading international design school. Since 2016 she has been a consultant for Polimoda for the new strategy and vision platform, based in Paris.

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Linda Loppa



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