Building on the success of previous editions, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana is launching the 6th Milano Moda Graduate, an event showcasing the excellences of Italian fashion schools, to be held at La Permanente on 27 September (at 17.00) during the Milano Fashion Week. In its Milano Moda Graduate project in support of new talents, CNMI creates a richly fertile environment in which emerging young designers can approach the market through this excellent networking opportunity, a platform enabling them to learn, put themselves on the line and get noticed by the industry’s experts.  This year’s edition was set in motion by a call posted on in February 2020. Milano Moda Graduate gets more ambitious every time and is a unique project offering space for all the professions in the fashion system: Marketing and journalism, tailoring and pattern-making, visual merchandising, accessories and jewellery design and digital, before an international panel of industry experts and including a representative of the official partner of CNMI, Wella Professionals. The finalists in the fashion design category have already been selected: Neithan Herbert Ruiz Pillajo (IED – Istituto Europeo di Design), Alberto Cornolò (Università IUAV, Venice), Davide Panzeri (Istituto Marangoni), Andrea De Luca (NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti), Alice Piscedda (Accademia Costume & Moda), and Giulia Barbieri (Istituto Modartech). Despite the enormous difficulties caused by the pandemic, each of these six designers managed to produce a collection of six pieces to show on the runway, thus measuring up for the first time with market conditions, including production timings and other complex dynamics characterizing the “system”. In 2020 too, there’s a section wholly dedicated to YKK Italia (Main Partner of Milano Moda Graduate) in which 11 designers selected from Italian fashion schools will create a single outfit entirely dedicated to fastening accessories. This year too, YKK organized for the selected finalists a digital demonstration of various kinds of zip. The designers were then able to choose and personalize their zips and snap-fasteners. The 11 creations will showcase on the runway at Milano Moda Graduate and YKK Italia will give a prize for the best garment. The finalists are Fabrizio Bennici (Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera), Vanessa Agostini (Università IUAV, Venice), Alessandro Rupilli (IED – Istituto Europeo di Design), Cristian Rocco Rizzo (IED – Istituto Europeo di Design), Serena Carpita (Istituto Modartech), Emre Pakel (Domus Academy), Lucia Grande (NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti), Anna Orefice (Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Dip. DADI), Nicola Andreozzi (Università degli Studi della Campagnia Luigi Vanvitelli, Dip. DADI), Alessandra Leonardis (Accademia del Lusso), and Zhan Ran (Accademia del Lusso).


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