The situation all around the world doesn’t seem to get any better, but this doesn’t mean that the future can’t be bright. After spending a lot of time indoors I came across this article by i-D where they talk about how Polimoda Firenze is opening its scholarship program for next year. I personally know that many of you that visit our blog are interested in studying in this fashion school, cause let’s face it studying fashion in Florence is a pretty cool thing to do. Plus, Polimoda is one of the most prestigious fashion schools in Italy.

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There’s going to be more than 2 million euros allocated to the Polimoda scholarship programs, divided into all levels of studies offered by the Florentine Fashion School. To sign up for the scholarships you’ll have to enter here before the 19th of June. Keep in mind they are targeted to prospective students between the age of 17 and 25.

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To lift the spirits of students and prospect students the head of Polimoda, Danilo Venturi wrote an Open Letter to the future:

The air is cutting from how clean it is, production has stopped, transport is almost at a stale-mate. The only thing left working are computers. All very sustainable, yet so unbearable. Covid-19 affects everyone, regardless of race, gender, and religion. All very diverse, yet so unbearable.

The truth is that on the altar of fear we are sacrificing our civil rights and the very essence of being human. The social-economic fabric is likely to be destroyed, people impoverished and increasingly blackmailed. Large-scale distribution, the new economic giants, and financial speculation are taking advantage while people die because health services have been cut for years by policies of austerity.

Well, now we’re walled in, let’s follow the rules, let’s respect each other and not get infected, but once everything is over let’s try to recover our humanity. We won’t focus on technology, which is now needed, rather we’ll focus on our hands, which now we can’t use. Let’s rediscover smells, flavors, colors, and the touch that shapes the matter to give life to new creations.

Between the two great wars, Chanel in womenswear and Ferragamo in footwear introduced new materials and shapes. In the crisis of 1978, Armani reinvented menswear by destructuring a jacket. The 90s were supposed to be the end of the world instead the Avant-Garde envisioned a brand new one. Imagination will count, no longer the image.

Let’s ask national states to not go into debt at the expense of their citizens. Large-scale retailers, new economic giants, and finance that are now enriching themselves should foster innovation later. Let’s ask everyone to focus on creative young people.

And you, dear fashion students, do not get used to a world of restrictions, suspensions, and declarations, because normality is when you can pray your dead, embrace your friends and kiss your loved ones.

I don’t get used to it.

Danilo Venturi

In the meantime stay safe and why not try to get one of the Polimoda scholarships for yourself and when this is all over you’ll be able to come over and enjoy Italy.



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