Knitwear talents are showcased in a

Fashion Show by the Master’s Degree students in CKD

of the Accademia Costume & Moda and Modateca Deanna.

Sala della Ronda, Fortezza da Basso

At Pitti Immagine Filati 84 (Florence, 23-25 January 2019) – Wednesday 23 January at 5:30 p.m., at the Fortezza da Basso – in the Sala della Ronda – a catwalk show will feature the personal collections of nine international students from the First Level Master’s Degree course in “Maglieria, Creative Knitwear Design” of the Accademia Costume & Moda in Rome.

Now in its second edition, the project that intends to assist young fashion designers and excellences in knitwear is promoted and organized by the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery together with the Accademia Costume & Moda and Modateca Deanna: an important opportunity for dialogue between top knitting industry business visiting the trades-show, buyers and members of the style bureaus of the most prestigious maisons, media press, and naturally young international designers. During the catwalk show-event, the international students of the CKD Master’s program will have the chance to show their personal collections made from the very best selection of fabrics and yarns of Pitti Filati 84’s knitting mill partners.

“We are very happy to present the second edition of the Maglieria, Creative Knitwear Design Master’s fashion show – says Andrea Cavicchi, Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery President – also in light of the success of the first edition, the extremely high-quality garments and the work done by the students. We genuinely believe in this collaboration between the Fondazione and the Accademia Costume & Moda and Modateca Deanna, and we are convinced that Pitti Filati is the ideal context for this presentation: for its role of reference in creative work and innovation in the knit supply chain, while also acting an important platform for emerging talents. Moreover, by hosting the winning works of the Master’s Special Projects at this edition, further value will be provided to both young designers and the event’s audience, which will include the style bureaus of the best international houses”.


“We are very grateful to Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery – adds Alberto Lupo Lanzara, Vice President of Accademia Costume & Moda – for the continued opportunities provided to the students of the Master’s Degree in Knitwear course, allowing them to present their collections at the most important sector fair in the world. An opportunity as unique as our Master’s Degree was conceived thanks to the vision and generosity not only of Modateca Deanna, where among other things students reside and study, but also because of the 40-plus district businesses, each with its own unique identity and specialization, which maximize the educational experience of students: “Research& Culture”, “Design & Project”, “Craft workmanship, Process, and Industry”,
“Sustainability & Innovation”, and “Product, Communication and Positioning”. Plus, as Sonia Veroni, CEO of Modateca Deanna and CKD Master Director, enthusiastically concludes, “The aim of the CKD Master’s is that of teaching knitwear skills to young creative talents. This is possible only through a special educational program and in collaboration with our Italian partners representing the top of the supply chain. The sector of knitwear is just like magic created from a number of inevitably interconnected skills, between craft workmanship and industry, and in this Master’s program these kinds of interconnections abound! Thanks to all our partners and the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery, we have the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous creative and experimental work made possible by this Master’s”.
The students and companies involved are:
Lis Bazan Arevalo (Volcar), Alessandra Dimiccoli (Maglificio Innocenti), Hannah Jane Duncan (Maglificio Marilina), Jiawen Gan (Maglificio Pistillo), Elisa Paulina Herrmann (Melys and SMT), Sonali Kumari (Zanni Maglieria), Dario Tubiana (Salgari, in collaboration with Alpaca from Peru), Giulia Valabrega (D’Avant Garde Tricot), and Qiying Song (Loma). The collections are developed in partnership with Cariaggi Lanificio, Filpucci, Iafil, Inca Tops, Linea Più, Millefili, and Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia.
Special Projects winners and participating brands The catwalk will also showcase the Special Projects winners: the contest kicked off at the beginning of the academic year, for which the companies Benetton Group, Roberto Collina, Max Mara, Ermanno Scervino and Napapijri & The Woolmark Company presented a creative brief to the students, asking them to create an ad hoc capsule collection, interpretating the creative identity of the brand, working on colors, volumes and stitches, while highlighting the concept of knitwear.

Here are the themes of the brands with the respective winners:
Benetton Project:
Benetton selected two students: Lis Bazan Arevalo, who will hit the runway with a women’s collection, and Dario Tubiana presenting a men’s collection.
Roberto Collina Project:Roberto Collina selected Alessandra Dimiccoli as the winning student who will present a men’s/women’s collection on the catwalk working on the theme of Japan, providing a personal interpretation of the culture and its traditions.

Max Mara Project: Starting from an inside look at the history of the brand, Max Mara asked students to interpret a collection of knitwear and jersey in an international key that is destined for daily use and leisure time. The winning student, Qiying Song, will be showing a women’s collection that best expresses this purpose.
Ermanno Scervino Project: Ermanno Scervino asked the students to reinterpret the stylistic codes of the brand with innovation and fantasy, staring from the iconic materials of the brand: lace, jacquard, stripes, and points of light. Elisa Paulina Herrmann was the student selected and she will show with a women’s collection.

Napapijri & The Woolmark Company Project in collaboration with STOLL: The Napapijri brand asked students to work on the theme of Fashion and Performance, paying special attention to the concept Make It Better. Through this philosophy, Napapijri embraced an innovation of product aimed at improving the life of consumers, while simultaneously making a significant contribution to the planet’s well-being. This mentality rooted in the brand’s DNA emerges in the constant research on sustainable alternatives, while allowing new design opportunities to arise with the aim of providing consumers with more technically advanced products. The students were given the task of developing sports and technically advanced clothes that could be used for various occasions and purposes, with special attention paid to fashion and design.

The main partners of this project are The Woolmark Company, STOLL, Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosiesia and Sudwolle.
The nine CKD students created 9 outfits, in collaboration with the following yarn mills: Artemaglia Fashion and SAT Knitting Machine (Lis Bazan Arevalo and Qiying Song), Maglificio Pistillo (Alessandra Dimiccoli), Maglificio Loredana (Hannah Jane Duncan), Metaphor (Jiawen Gan), Paima (Elisa Paulina Herrmann), Ommy (Sonali Kumari), Della Rovere (Dario Tubiana), and Melys (Giulia Valabrega). A selection of the young designers’ outfits will be displayed in an installation on the ground floor of the main pavilion.
Finally, a special project was developed in collaboration with The Woolmark Company, the main partner to the CKD Master’s program since its first academic year.

The CKD Master’s course has interpreted a project dedicated to Knit-Tech – Knitwear Evolution for The Woolmark Company. The samples realized in collaboration with STOLL have been inserted in the Spring Summer 2020 THE WOOL LAB Preview project, a seasonal guide that brings
together the very best fabrics and yarns of the archive.
At the same time, the artisan research of the CKD Master’s students will be inserted in the THE WOOL LAB, an authentic guide of functional inspiration, featuring wool fabrics and yarns currently available on the market, which will be presented in a preview at Pitti Filati 2019.