The Accademia di Costume e Moda in Rome concluded their celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the world famous school’s founding and the inauguration of a new academic year with the presentation of their new book “ACCADEMIA COSTUME & MODA 1964_2014” By Maria di Napoli Rampolla, Head of External Relations of the Academy and Antonio Mancinelli, a former pupil, authoritative professional journalist and fashion writer.
The textbook, published by Palombi Editori and produced in collaboration with AltaRoma and Alcantara, features texts written by Antonio Mancinelli – Chief Editor of Marie Claire Italy and Hearst Magazine, Silvia Venturini Fendi – President Altaroma, Cav. Mario Boselli – President of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, Beppe Modenese – Honorary President of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, Fiamma Lanzaras Costume & Fashion Academy President, Andrea Boragno – President Alcantara SPA, Furio Francini – CEO Academy and Andrea Lupo Lanzaras – Director General of the Academy and is illustrated with a selection of drawings made by pupils who have contributed to the history of the Accademia over the past 50 years including Roberto Capucci , Laura Lusuardi , Piero Tosi , Maurizio Millenotti , Bruno Piattelli , Maurizio Galante , Bonizza Giordani Aragno and Adriana Mulassano . The proceeds from the sale of the book, which was available to buy during the event, will be donated to a fund that will provide scholarships to prospective students.
The presentation was made by their former student and Creative Director of Gucci , Frida Giannini who was interviewed by Cinzia Malvini the fashion journalist of M.O.D.A. on LA7 and director of Book Moda.
Frida spoke of her time at the Accademia with fondness and appreciation of what she learned there stating that
“One of the strengths of the Academy is that it has always approached design with a more educational and cultural point that gives you a broader view of what you’re going to do, a great open mind.”
The Academy’s reputation for excellence is reflected in the fact that Ms Giannini has also maintained her connection to it by employing Accademia graduates in up to 20% of her staff at Gucci. The world-renowned designer spoke to the students at Via della Rondinella, giving them erudite advice such as
“The final work is very important because it teaches you to work in groups and share. And this is very important. I will never forget the excitement that preceded it: there were those who cut, who painted in the terrace. What I would like is to say best wishes to the students is that if the Academy is being followed properly it can give amazing results and satisfaction.”
The Accademia, which was founded in 1964 by Rosana Pistolese, also revealed plans to introduce courses in English, opening the school to a more international class of student and presented Adrien Roberts as the new Director of Education. Roberts has a portfolio of experience from his previous teaching positions at UAL – University of Arts London, UCA – University of Creative Arts and Istituto Marangoni.
This is great news for English speaking students who wish to start or further their education with this world renowned school.
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