Sensitivising younger generations to alternative business models and approaches is a commitment that can’t be postponed any longer.





This is the reason why two Tuscan fashion institutes, Istituto Modartech from Pontedera, near Pisa, and Accademia Italiana, from Florence will be protagonists of special events that aim to focus on some new state of minds in approaching material sourcing, fashion design and genderless fashion creation, alongside the next edition of Pitti Uomo (taking place from 109 to 13 January 2023..






Istituto Modartech celebrates 10 years of green commitment
Istituto Modartech will organize a creative exhibition that will trace back ten years of commitment in defense of the environment.

Istituto Modartech creations
Photo: Istituto Modartech
Istituto Modartech creations
From leather obtained from mushrooms, to a masterclass with ecodesigner Tiziano Guardini, to stage costumes made for Teatro del Silenzio from discarded materials, to creative upcycling awarded by international contests dedicated to emerging talents will be among the protagonists of the exhibition celebrating the school’s ten years of commitment about sustainable fashion,“Ten years of sustainability: from words to facts” taking place at the gallery The Social Hub, viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70, in Florence. 





A cocktail will celebrate the opening of the installation presenting some of the most interesting works of the school’s students in the last years on Wednesday, January 11, from 4pm to 8pm. 




Within the same context they will also present the book with the same title, which collects the projects of a decade of green fashion, including conferences, workshops, events and creative projects.




Environmental awareness, social ethics and responsible innovation represent an extension of the higher education school from Pontedera that has been involved its students with active collaborations in the main Made in Italy districts, and guides its educational paths aimed at new generations of designers through a network of more than 800 realities, often involved in educational projects, workshops, internships and apprenticeships.





The school’s education path has been focused on a series of projects that carry unique and distinctive messages, which are expressed through the use of recycled or defective materials and warehouse inventories, with attention to the entire supply chain and the use of untreated natural raw materials.

Istituto Modartech creation
Photo: Istituto Modartech
Istituto Modartech creation
They also worked at various forms of artistic experimentation that exalts the link between man and the environment, giving new life to yarns, fabrics and leathers, where creativity becomes the protagonist in handmade processes, vegetable dyes and artisanal treatments. Projects characterized by collaboration with technical partners, sharing intentions, conscious choices, uses and consumption in a close synergy between education and the corporate world.





Accademia Italiana’s gender-fluid achievements
For three days, from Jan. 10 to 12, the third-year and two-year specialty students of Accademia Italiana's Fashion Design course will be the protagonists of a full immersion experience between theory and practice on inclusive fashion, under the guidance of Fashion Revolution and Lottozero, orchestrated by department coordinator Cecilia Rinaldi.

Icedoo
Photo: Accademia Italiana
Icedoo
The goal of the workshop will be to "fluidify," or make suitable for everyone, garments that originally were not, by rethinking their forms and uses. 





The outfits regenerated in an inclusive key, the result of a creative mash-up of men's and women's garments, will be auctioned off at the event "A Fashion Revolution in Auction!" on Thursday, January 12, from 4 pm in the presence of Marina Spadafora, Italy coordinator and co-founder of Fashion Revolution, and Elena Ianeselli, director of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Lottozero, at the Florentine headquarters of Accademia Italiana, Piazza Pitti 15.

Icedoor
Photo: Accademia Italiana
Icedoor
The proceeds will be donated to charity in favor of Fashion Revolution, a global movement formed by activists who believe in a different fashion industry, capable of respecting human rights and the environment at all stages of the production cycle.





A series of talks focused on high craftsmanship, contemporary design, the tannery industry and fluid fashion will also be featured at the event.




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