The director of the Istituto Marangoni of Florence, Fabio Siddu, spoke with us about the demands of today’s market and the challenges facing employment in the future – and told us about the event that the school will be presenting at the 92nd edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo.
What should we expect from the new talents? And what does fashion need from them?
Now more than ever, the new talents are being called upon to trigger explosive dynamics within the fashion system, that can act as stimuli for alternative business models and new trends and that – above all – can open the rules of the game to discussion, through research into different market niches, new needs and new way of doing things, and so making a contribution to the “fashion enterprise” as a whole. We teach our students the basics of fashion, we give them the tools they need to work in any segment of the industry, from fashion design to fashion styling to the fashion business; and to do so we rely on solidly-grounded, engaging methods based on our 80-year teaching heritage. At the same time we seek to stimulate our students’ creative, entrepreneurial, and managerial aptitudes so that they will have all they need to distinguish themselves and attain success in their work and their businesses.
What do you feel is your fundamental task as director of a school that trains tomorrow’s creative talents?
The mission of all of us who are committed to high-quality training for fashion professionals is to guide the young talents who approach this marvelous world, to make sure they are well-informed about all the professions that orbit in the fashion nebula and their infinite nuances. We identify each student’s inclinations in order to be able to pilot their talent as they acquire knowhow in respect of the best practices which have been a part of our teaching method since 1935. We strive to communicate such concepts as spirit of sacrifice and willingness to measure oneself – always in a dynamic manner – against a context that is in continual flux and that introduces constant change to every area of our industry and its professions.
How did your event concept arise?
Our idea was to provide support for our most talented students in the Menswear areas at the Milan, London, and Paris schools by ensuring that full visibility that only Pitti Immagine Uomo can offer. On 13 June, beginning at 2:30 p.m., ten of the top just-graduated stylists from the three schools will be showing their capsule collections at a novel Florence location: the former Banca di Roma, in the heart of the historic center, practically next door to our school.
Your expectations from Pitti Uomo? What would you like to see?
New challenges and, most of all, opportunities for our students; this can come about, in part, through affirmation of emerging brands and consolidation of the stronger groups, from which in 2017 we expect performance surpassing last year’s, especially in the luxury segment (high range) and in the “accessible luxury” segment (mid and mid-high range).