Polimoda - International Institute of Fashion Design & Business is a center of excellence, recognized worldwide for its high quality, fashion-oriented education. Listed in the British created BoF Global Fashion School Rankings as one of the 10 best fashion schools in the world, and first in Italy, with yearly enrolments of over 1500 students, of which 70% international students, thanks to its professional training by means of highly-specialized working and research methodology. Non only a training center, but a creative campus, a meeting place for “visionaries” and opinion leaders from the fashion world, culture and education, Polimoda is an internationally recognized authority.
With headquarters in Florence, the new capital of international fashion and heart of the Made in Italy production, it’s a center with the gene for Italian excellence, as well as an international vocation. Founded in 1986 as part of an initiative conceived and financed by the Cities of Florence and Prato and fashion-sector trade associations, Polimoda boast of 30 years of experience in education specialized in the Fashion and Luxury fields. Ferruccio Ferragamo, president of the same company, was appointed President of Polimoda in March 2006, enlightened entrepreneur and a name that represents the best of “Made In Italy” fashion worldwide.
From January 2016 Polimoda launches the Strategy & Vision Platform in Paris to consolidate and develop global relationships, directed by Linda Loppa, one of the best known profiles in the international fashion education scene, with over 45 years of experience in the sector. Together with Danilo Venturi, new Dean of Polimoda with a background in the luxury sector and Fashion Business & Management education, a new chapter of growth will be written in the context of a vast and more far reaching network.
Polimoda offers a wide range of didactic programs and masters providing high-level training of the major professional profiles requested by the sector, from creative to managerial and strategic professionals, in the areas of Fashion & Technology and Business & Communication. Networking and ongoing interaction with fashion companies, a team of teachers composed of professionals and experts, and flexible, high-quality training able to respond to the fast moving fashion needs, are some of the added values that guarantee the most up-to-date training to stay astride with the professional world. It is not by coincidence that 88% of Polimoda graduates find employed within 6 months after finishing their studies, and that an increasing number of ex-students hold prestigious positions in major international brands or are among the emerging new talents in the fashion field.
Events, meetings, collaboration and appointments with keynote international speakers integrate the didactic programs giving precious testimonials and stimulating debates on key subjects of the sector. Always attentive to the development of talent, Polimoda dedicates numerous initiatives and events to highlight its best students, among which the Polimoda Show, important annual appointment with final collections of the fashion designers, Business Links to promote encounters between graduating students and companies, and Polimoda Talent, scouting platform to support the best ex- students.
Two are the locations of the Institute: the historic complex of Villa Favard, headquarters of in the heart of Florence, ideal location to host visionaries, managers and creative talents, thanks to its historic prestige and beauty as well as its strategic position and intrinsic meaning for the City. The new Polimoda Design Labs in Scandicci, inaugurated in January 2015, is the “creative” facility of Polimoda, hosting laboratories for design, sewing, knitting, fashion technology, footwear & accessories for course of the Design & Technology area.
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