The future of Haute Couture: report from Altaroma June 2018 (part 5)

Italian fashion system looks to young generation to give new life to Haute Couture, supporting the talent of the best fashion schools's students. Discover the most interesting graduate fashion show of Altaroma June 2018.

Altaroma fashion week ended focusing its attention on young designers. How? Giving support to fashion schools and giving them the possibility to showcase the graduate collections of their students in the Haute Couture schedule. Sunday, Altaroma's last day, was interely dedicated to fashion schools, from the morning to the evening. This is the report of that day.

Elisa Gibaldi at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Naples fashion show


The 28th edition of "Concorso Nazionale Professione Moda Giovani Stilisti", a fashion competition opened to young students of all the Italian fashion schools, organized by a collaboration between Altaroma, CNA Federmoda, RMI Ricerca Moda Innovazione and The One Milano, in partnership with many leading companies of fashion industry.

Besides the contest, important part of the program was a series of workshops and meetings with students to explain and investigate on new technologies and latest trends of fashion design, with talks about sustainability, innovation, research and tailoring tradition. 6 were the categories of the competition, with a winner for each category, 23 finalists and great opportunities for everyone.

Sajith Laskan Amaratunga, winner of Concorso Nzionale Professione Giovani Stilisti

Sajith Laskan Amaratunga, from Accademia di Costume e Moda in Rome, is definetively the winner of the competition, winning the Medal of Italian Republic President, a licence for the Kaledo software by Lectra and the partecipation as special guest at Mozambique Fashion Week. The 2nd-year student won also the prize for the category accessory and shoes and the special prize "Serikos-Couture Origin". 
Sajith Laskan Amaratunga
Sajith Laskan Amaratunga

The other winners are: Margherita Longoni, from IED Rome, for the clothing category; Sara Ferrari, from Istituto di Moda Burgo in Modena, for childrenwear; the prize for swimwear and underwear went to Arianna Pacchiarotti from IED Rome; from NABA Milan, Rebecca Zauli won the prize for knitwear; Giovanni Costa from IED Milan won the prize for fur design; Fabio Pucci, from Istituto Modartech in Pontedera, won the special prize for the best pattern; the special prize for the youngest designer was given to Virginia Paglierani, from Cercal in San Mauro Pascoli (PI); the special prize "The One Milano" went to Diletta Gallo from Accademia Koefia in Rome; Alessia Lamonaca, from Pianeta Formazione Moda Pescara, won the special prize "Forza Giovane".

The other winners

Worthy of mention also the other partecipants: Rossella Leanza (Harim Accademia Euromediterranea in Catania) - Federica Pironti and Silvia Scarano (Accademia di Costume e Moda in Rome) - Ortensia Ambrosio and Sofia Rossi Barattini (Istituto di Moda Burgo in Modena) - Alessia Di Donato, Maria Marcaccio, Federica Verrocchio and Nicole Brandone (Pianeta Formazione Moda in Pescara) - Cheyenne Aurora Mazzanti (Accademia di Belle Arti in Roma) - Marco Rossi (Istituto Italiano Design in Perugia) - Francesca Di Pietro (IED Rome) - Fabiana Liguori (Accademia Koefia in Rome).

The other finalists

After the presentation of the Young students was the time of two international guests, supported by RMI Ricerca Moda Innovazione in collaboration with Mozambique Fashion Week and the Festival des Jeunes Créateurs de Mode in Tunis: Anche Mondlane from Mozambique, presented a collection in which the colors of African prints are blended with the blue shades of the night; Marwa Chtioui from Tunis, graduated at Esmod Paris, created an almost totally black dramatic and scultural collection, playing with textures and intricate oriental patterns.

Anche Mondlane fashion show
Marwa Chtioui fashion show

In the late afternoon and evening 3 fashion shows one after another, all important to spotlight new interesting designers.

Very surprising for the high quality and level of creativity was the fashion of the young students coming from ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI NAPLES with 8 designers who presented their graduate collections after the course of fashion design:
  • The bicolor armours in neoprene created by Fiorenza Buonagura have clean lines and all the strenght of modern girls, self-confident samurai ready to survive in a futuristic and probably chaotic metropolis balancing strong character with a pinch of Zen philosophy.
Fiorenza Buonagura

  • Domenicantonio De Santis makes a fantastic work on our memories, digging-up the old-fashioned objects of each grandma's house turning them into a melancholic dive in the past, operation that may be seen only with a mix of pleasure and subtle nostalgy.
Domenicantonio De Santis

  • The delicate collection by Palmira Ferrara overlaps layers of silks to reproduce the effect of sycamore trees, taking inspiration from the artworks of Angela Glajcar and Bryan Nash Gill.
Palmira Ferrara

  • Concetta Fiore makes a reasoning about the maturing process of every woman, who starts in a condition of constriction due to the social impositions and finally finds herself through the transformation from crysalis to butterfly.
Concetta Fiore

  • Miriam Infurna proposes a return to the 90s at the origin of rap and hip-hop subcultural style, with their oversize proportions, the flashy graphic prints and the sense of belonging to a clan, a social anthropological class so important for young people of any period.
Miriam Infurna

  • The collection of Raffaella Notaro tells about the evolution of the self from the initial closure, expressed by an intricate cage, to a next more fluid attitude, in which the boundaries and the constritions of our life are represented by hanging strings on draped fabrics.
Raffaella Notaro

  • Aleandro Petrella rediscovers the taste for the theatrical fashion show used as pretext to speak about vital arguments like the identity in a society so ruled by the image's dictatorship. His clothes are a strong protest against the abuse of appearance and falsity in favor of a deeper research of the truth.
Aleandro Petrella

  • Inspired by the artist Alberto Burri, the collection of Annarita Turco is an experiment on textures and shapes using raw natural materials and an almost monochromatic palette in which the ruined surfaces become excuses for a tactile investigation of space and physical perception.
Annarita Turco

In the late afternoon ACCADEMIA ALTIERI MODA E ARTE presented the show "Fashion Frames Works 2018", showcasing the creations of the all years students, with different inspirations. 

The best outfits from Accademia Altieri fashion show

The first year students played with the contrast between transparent plastic and raw fabrics enriching the garments with embroideries and decorations, the 2nd-year students made a tribute to the great Gianfranco Ferré, working on the conceptual and structured white shirts turned into scenic dresses in organza mixed to Prince of Wales fabrics. 

Dress by Valerio Cerri winner of "Fashion Frames Works 2018"

The third year worked on sartorial details, embroideries and pleats to create three-dimensional effects. Besides of a fashion show, there was also a contest won by Valerio Cerri, whose sparkling dress was rewarded by the Haute Couture designer Giada Curti. 

For  a beautiful ending of my Altaroma's experience, for the evening I've received an invite from Antonio Lo Presti of ACCADEMIA KOEFIA, to assist in the vip zone of the stunning and fascinating location of Indonesian Embassy to the fashion show of the 2nd and 3rd year students. The event, called "Summer Fashion - Appunti di Couture" is the result of a collaboration between the embassy and the academy intended to promote a cultural exchange between our two countries. 

Fashion show of Accademia Koefia at Indonesian Embassy

In the beautifully furnished exotic salons the model walked slowly to allow the guests to admire a collection focused on shirts, corsets and trousers, all perfectly realized by the students from the pattern to the smallest details. Particularly beautiful were the palazzo trousers (my secret passion!) in precious fabrics. In collaboration with Lectra and Balenciaga the more worthy young designer Maria Grazia De Gregorio was awarded with a 6-months internship at Maison Balenciaga and with two softwares by Lectra.