Fashion + Art + Design
Accademia Italiana. An international reality
Text: Sabrina Bozzoni
An international event that combines art, fashion and creativity. Important figures in the sector participate every year to evaluate and select future fashion protagonists. A true springboard for future stars of design "Made in Italy". The 2013 edition will be held on Saturday, April 20th, at the Obihall Theatre in Florence where the Accademia Italiana of Art, Fashion, & Design will present its fashion show event. Each year, many important figures related to the world of fashion and design take part in this important event; figures like Sudhitham Chirathivat, the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Retailers Group, to which Gruppo La Rinascente belongs, Franca Sozzani, Goodwill Ambassador of F4D (Fashion for Development), Claudio Luti, president of Kartell, Brunello Cucinelli, owner of the fashion brand bearing his name, Guillermo Mariotto, creative soul of Maison Gattinoni and Michel Adam owner of Fashion TV will attend the fashion show this year and will receive the Premio Piramide dell'Eccellenza in its 9th Edition, an award dedicated to people and brands by the students of the Accademia Italiana of Art, Fashion and Design, whose initiatives and creativity are particularly appreciated. The award is designed by set designer Gianni Quaranta (Oscar for best art direction in the film "A Room with a View"), lecturer and honorary president of the Rome campus of the AI. During the show, the students of the Fashion Design and Costume Design course will show on the catwalk the results of their work, study and research focused on this edition, on the theme of "the journey". Many young and creative proposals for a show where male and female models, selected through international casting interpret the works of young designers, enriched by spectacular music and dancing performances. The event is preceded by the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the works of students of Visual arts and Design.
What is the Accademia Italiana? A place where tradition and modernity coexist harmoniously looking for new languages, languages of the future that will involve borders to be crossed and arts to be protected as the most valuable heritage. It is an international institute of higher and post-secondary education of art, fashion and design, counting every year more than 1,000 students coming from all over Italy and all over the world. This new generation school boasts three operational hubs: Florence, Rome and the latest, Bangkok. The historic headquarters of the Accademia Italiana are located in Florence, at no. 15 of Piazza Pitti, housed in a 19th century building, the so called "Palazzo Temple Leader", placed at the center of a square that experienced the most vibrant artistic renaissance in history, just opposite to the main entrance of Palazzo Pitti and the Giardino di Boboli, while the historic Palazzo Bargagli of Lungarno alle Grazie houses the Spazio Workshop destined to the laboratories, that boasts a spectacular view on the city and its surrounding hills. With almost thirty years of experience, the Accademia Italiana, founded in 1984 by architect Vincenzo Giubba, current President, is today considered in Italy and abroad, an important reference point for education made in Italy and for the study and research activity in the fashion and design fields. Recently recognized by the "Miur" (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research), it is authorized to issue bachelor's degrees for the following three-year courses: Design, Fashion Design, Photography, and Graphic Design in Florence, and Design and Fashion Design in Rome.
Many former students are currently holding prominent positions within companies and have achieved great successes in the professional and artistic fields worldwide. Over the last decade the Accademia Italiana has also welcomed students coming from over 200 important US universities and more recently, it opened a branch in Bangkok where the Institute has become the reference point for all Southeast Asia. The summer courses and masters complete the range of technical and aesthetic experiences offered by the Institute, the latter dedicated to advanced research and innovation in the furnishings and design field. Accademia Italiana - an excellent example of a dynamic evolving reality.