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ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome

Paola Pattacini portrait

Paola Pattacini, after a life spent between fabrics and
fashion shows as collaborator of prestigious international fashion brands,
tells us about her work as Director of the School of Fashion at Istituto
Europeo di Design in Rome. A interview in which she explain how they are training
the next generation of young fashion designers, speaking about the strengths of
one of the most important fashion schools in the world.

Paola Pattacini is one of those people who have great
stories to tell. A fashion professional who speaks about herself in a very
simple way, transforming her incredible experiences into anecdotes and examples
for better explaining what she wants to say, just showing an indomitable and
strong spirit going straight to the point.

A practical woman, I’d say. Who immediately knew what she
wanted, who did everything to realize her dreams, working with the greatest
designers and international fashion brands. Who changed her life a few years
ago for continuing a personal journey sharing what she learned in many years of
work experiences. A person of stunning professionalism, who has now become,
with passion and satisfaction, a great talent grower.

 

Angels of Talent: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Paola Pattacini (photo by F.Ormando)
On my last visit to Rome, I visited the IED School of Fashion’s
laboratories and classrooms, about which I will soon speak in an article
dedicated to the best Roman fashion schools. Paola Pattacini, who is its
Director since November 2016, could not be present, but with great pleasure I
had the opportunity to make this long interview with her, a conversation in
which she reveals something about herself and much more about IED’s world.
Angels of Talent: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Knitwear laboratory at IED School of Fashion in Rome (phto by Giuseppe Fiasconaro)
Could you tell us something about your career?
It started as a childhood dream, that I realized all.
Working in the fashion world, with the greatest designers and then teaching.
It’s a kind of path that is all part of a dream, which is fundamental for doing
creative jobs.
 

I tried everything I could to become who I am now. I
started in 1982, and those were years in which everything was possible, there
was time to teach even in the companies. Therefore my training started at Max Mara,
luckily for me since the beginning with great personalities like Mrs Laura
Lusuardi, who was my first teacher and who’s still the fashion coordinator of
the whole group. There I was trained in the textile research.

They taught me how to work with designers and there I
became the responsible of a just-born company, Marina Rinaldi, and then of the
commercial clothing sector. I started very early when I was just 18,
immediately after the high school, because I studied something that didn’t
interest me. I wanted to do fashion. So at 23 I moved to Milan, because Mr
Ferrè heard about my experience at Max Mara and he called me and I stayed with
him until 2007, when he passed away. With him, I learned practically everything,
from the fabric design to sketching, working side by side around the large
table where all his amazing drawings were. 

Angels of Talent: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Gianfranco Ferrè with Paola Pattacini in the backstage of the first Dior Haute Couture fashion show
Yes, I remember it was a very beautiful design studio.
Gianfranco Ferrè was an extraordinary designer
Mr Ferrè was incredible. He spent his time teaching
us everything, starting from sharing his great culture and demanded it from us.
I’m not a graduate, but I know quite enough about fashion and culture thanks to
Ferrè, because for him the research must always start from books. I was every
day around the table with him, choosing fabrics, coordinating the collections.
 

The very nice thing that happened to me is that in the 9
years at Christian Dior in Paris, I was there as a reference person. I had this
amazing experience and, after Mr Ferrè passed away, I did a thousand other
things, but I’d like to mention only the biggest ones. I returned to Max Mara,
and then I went to Ermanno Scervino as head of the accessories office, because
Ermanno wanted a person coming from clothing design sector. I spent two and half years
with him.

To be honest, when a person grows up needs to do
something new. I’ve always met many wonderful people, but the time had come
for me to make other things and so I dedicated myself to education, which is
giving me so much satisfaction. First, I started teaching in IED when I was
still working for Scervino, then they asked me to do more, to run the school,
and I gladly accepted because I think it’s a new path for me.

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Paola Pattacini at Dior
I fully share, because teaching gives lots of
satisfaction.
I should say that I really needed it, because young
people keep me younger than work environments. I mean, they continually
stimulate me, because they ask, are demanding and so many of their needs are
real. They are constantly leading me to study and to improve. While when you work there’s
no time for certain things. Mine is a divine job. Getting-up in the morning and doing something you love is an incredible thing, it’s wonderful being able to
live your passions.

How do you bring into your school this long experience
with the greatest designers?

I bring it with the same simplicity with which I
lived it. Sometimes my students are a bit surprised, because in fact there
are not so many people who have been in contact with such great characters. Great
just because they worked very hard, but everything they did was very simple, genuine.
Sometimes I don’t really know how to explain it. It’s not dressing in a strange
way that makes the fashion designer, I always tell my students. Well, if it’s
part of their way of being, that’s all I need, but an extravagant outfit doesn’t
make the talent. 


ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Great creativity for the graduate collections of IED’s students (photo by Francesco Ormando)
Yes, it’s true and in fact these great masters, Ferrè,
Armani, Valentino brought their creativity on catwalks, but in real life they
were absolute sober.
In fact, and this is why I report my experience
with the same seriousness and simplicity. And also with the same method.
I’m from the same mold. I’m very demanding. Honestly, it gives me satisfaction, because I see that the students feel
that the dialogue with the teacher is with someone who really did so many
things. After all, it’s a great satisfaction both for me and for them.

What exactly is your role within IED?

I’m the Director of the School of Fashion, but I do it in the same manner as
when I was working. As Ferrè used to do: he sat next to every intern just arrived to
his style office to teach him something. In the same way, I try to be the
Director, but I’m not alone, I’m with a team of people. I coordinate the work
and organize the school exactly like a style office.
ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
A lesson with Paola Pattacini
This is very important for the students, because they
already get used to the working world
 

Having worked, I choose professors who are great
professionals. I know their resumes very well, I know almost all fashion
companies, having friends everywhere. I know that my professors are exactly what
they say they are. I bring into the world of education the fact of not being an
academic, but a person who has worked, bringing the real working world into the
school. I’m continuously in contact with friends, alumni, former colleagues
around the world, it’s my business to know everything that is going on.

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
IED School of Fashion of Rome
Previously you had a more
practical role, now you’re developing an educational path. Over the years you
knew many just-graduated fashion designers. How they changed over time? Is there
an evolution of the student?
Well, it’s more an our evolution than of the
student. In the sense that previously, all the schools in general were oriented
in one direction and even the students wanted to be only fashion designers.
Today, instead, they are much more careful and know that there are many
professions to choose from.

The first thing I always say, in all the meetings
we have before their registration like the “Open Days” or “Creative
Days”
, is that in a style office usually designers could be 2 or 3, but there
are those who design fabrics, accessories, who makes embroideries or
forecasting. A thousand figures. So we offer courses for all of these careers and
when a person comes to us, we must be good at understanding their main talent and
developing it. Thanks to our way of doing things, I could say that they don’t
have problems in their working life.

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
“Open Day” at IED
So we couldn’t speak about an already marked path, but anyway
of a very strong orientation
If arrives a person who doesn’t know how to draw, we
have several drawing disciplines, so in one way or another they could learn. But
if that’s not their talent, maybe it could be organization, designing fabrics,
being a stylist or a product manager. They can discover that there are many
creative jobs. We also encourage students to be very proactive. 

For example,
we had a girl who graduated last year, who now is the link between the Givenchy’s
office in Paris and the manufacturer in Stra, precisely because we taught her how
to do this job. That is not pure and simple design, but that’s an essential role
present in all the style offices, because all fashion designers need someone to
whom explaining what’s in their mind to realize it. We teach this.
 

We don’t teach only how to design menswear, womenswear or
accessories, but we create groups in which everyone has his own function and
works according to his role. I can’t say that everyone surely finds a job,
because a lot depends on how they present themselves and on their enterprising
spirit. But I’m happy and satisfied when they are not frustrated because they have
found different roles to express themselves without necessarily drawing.

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
A student of IED School of Fashion, coordinating the collection during the graduate fashion show (photo by Francesco Ormando)
What would you recommend to a young person who loves
fashion world, but is confused about the most suitable type of fashion course?
For us the number of enrolled students is not so important, what
matters most is that they are satisfied by the paths they choose. That’s why we
organize so many opportunities to meet, absolutely free. I say that because it’s
something we are very proud of. The IED’s approach is very focused on
orientation. We are a network that organize these meetings throughout the year.
The “Creative Day” are at least a couple times a year, with a day
dedicated to meetings opened to high school students of the last or
next-to-last years.
 

They come to IED, having a first meeting with me, in
which I explain them not only what our reality
is, but especially what is
fashion world, as I have experienced it myself. After that, the students are
divided into groups and we organize specific meetings for who wants to make
jewelry, fashion design or fashion styling. They are involved in real
workshops for all the disciplines we teach.

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
A creative workshop of fashion styling during the “Open Day” at IED School of Fashion of Rome
So that after this meeting everyone could make the best choice?
Exactly and, in fact, this gives us great
satisfaction, because everyone realizes that choosing could be easier than it
seems. I always recommend to who is already decided, to try the path they desire,
but for those who are undecided it’s better to try what at first sight might seem less
appealing. I mean, if you want to be a fashion designer but you are also
interested in the role of stylist, go and do the styling workshop. In addition,
the aspiring students could follow one workshop in the morning and another in
the afternoon. Or come in April choosing a workshop and then in May another.
Angels of Talent: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Fashion Styling workshop during the “Open Day” at IED
So they have the opportunity to compare various subjects
and courses. Are the workshops free for them?
Completely free. You can find information and book
your “Creative Day” on the IED’s website. There are also the “Open
Days”
, in which we open the school to who wants to visit it. But in the
afternoon, so as not to waste a day of lessons, we also do workshops. Precisely
because we are a very practice-oriented school. We are not very theoretical.

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Presentation  of the “Open Day” at IED School of Fashion of Rome
Yes, in fact when I visited the school I’ve seen many
laboratories
One or more for every discipline, indeed this year
we will expand them because we have 3 patternmaking laboratories, but with so many students now, we’ll start another tailoring lab very soon.
The role of the fashion designer at first sight may seem a
dream job, but insiders know how much work and effort it requires. Students
during their educational path may also have moments of crisis, feeling a bit
overwhelmed, sometimes giving up. How the school help them in these moments?
I personally know almost all of them, because the school
is not enormous, even if we have many students. Then I try to continue my teaching
activity, so I don’t lose the contact with my students. I have a course in every
year and I’m even the supervisor of many thesis. I really enjoy teaching and it
keep our relationship constant. We follow our students closely, listening their advices,
trying to understand how their path proceeds. We also have anonymous tests in
which they can report all their perplexities or difficulties and we do the
follow-up on all of them, because it’s an important feedback.
 

Then, obviously, there’s always something wrong for
someone, even if statistically I’ve noticed that this is only for who doesn’t
really want to work hard, who believes that everything is easy and has a vision of fashion as a
dream world. Who believes that Mrs Ferragni is only there for laughing and
changing outfits under the spotlights, while in reality her job is very hard. There’s a hard work behind the dream. I remember we spent the nights
working. One could think … how wonderful is Ferrè or Dior. But it means also working
for 5 nights in a row to prepare the fashion show.   

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
The hard work behind the scene of a fashion photo shoot at IED School of Fashion of Rome
Many things we have today didn’t exist in those times, we
had to invent them. Hard but beautiful.
I should say that we are getting back there.
There’s a strong return to analogue and manual drawing. All the big fashion companies
ask for it.
The return to craftsmanship, finally. And also a refreshing
change coming from many young designers, who maybe compared to our generation,
are a bit more enterprising in engaging with their own small brands. Probably
also thanks to internet and new technologies, which actually are very helpful. The
role of the designer has evolved over time. What skills the companies require now
from the students?
They all want to discover the new, but they don’t really know
where to find it. The problem is that companies don’t know exactly what to ask from
us, but I see what they are fascinated by. First of all, what makes the
difference is culture, because unfortunately over the years I have seen a big
change. I know I’m part of another generation, but in those times we worked on
books, making our own research. Today, with Pinterest and all these search providers,
for me it’s a disaster, because when the students present to me their research,
I find the same image in 10 different mood boards.
ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Fashion sketches by Margherita Longoni (at left) and Agnese Lazzerini (at  right), two students of IED School of Fashion of  Rome
They all seem standardized, because they base the research
on words only, but that’s not what a designer should do. Is it right?
And in fact they fail the exam immediately! Luckily, we
have so many subjects in which we have great academics, journalists, professors
who have written books, exhibition curators who help students in the history of
art. Who help them with a useful approach to research. We have lots of students
coming from the grammar school, and I love them, because for me culture is the
basis and I know that a trained mind will help them a lot.
 

Now, for example, as network, we are focusing even more
on our libraries, so that students could have places where to study, with books
and magazines. We have already good libraries, but this is our next goal.
Making huge network libraries, with also an interchange between the different
headquarters. Because the contact with books is fundamental, to make individual
researches that goes beyond what you can see on internet.

 

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Big spaces to study and make research in the libraries of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Another thing that companies ask from us is that students
draw by hand. My students know that with me design and manual drawing are
important. If I see a sketch made with Illustrator, I throw it away. I’ve seen
Mr. Ferrè sketching everything in front of us, including flat drawings, at the
speed of light. Now making a technical sketch with a computer is too trivial
and even ugly.
I agree! Manual drawing is incomparable. Even in terms of
ideas. All digital portfolios lacking in freshness.
Exactly, that’s what I always say. Companies are
fascinated by beautiful sketches. I’ve always had this working method and I
insist a lot on this. I want that students create, beyond the project, a mental
path expressed through fabrics, sketches or if they can’t draw, find a way to
communicate, making tangible sketchbooks that talk about them. 

When they present
their portfolios in the interviews, companies are struck by sketchbooks instead of only seeing
digital sketches and flat drawings. Also in fashion competitions. They want to
see works with something extra, having a path behind them, a personal research.
All this is fundamental. Now companies are asking for this.

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ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Fashion sketchbook by Lorenzo di Giambattista, ex student and now fashion designer
Speaking about competitions, comes to my mind ITS
International Talent Support, with Barbara Franchin who selects portfolios that
seems beautiful dream boxes. Because the skillful designers express themselves through
highly personal manual work. Besides the competitions, are the companies
returning to this?
Obviously, it depends on the companies. We do a 360°
work to please them all. In the design disciplines, there are professors like
me who want everything hand-drawn, because I teach Haute Couture and
ready-to-wear, the world I lived. We have a professor who teaches in his own
way high-tailoring men’s design, then another very good teacher who is
responsible for Diesel’s denim studio and who teaches with that method. The
students experiment and develop any kind of design process. Then in the third
year, they decide with whom to work for their thesis projects. 
ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Fashion design workshop during the “Open Day” at IED
So a student finds his way within the school, but only
after having a wider range of experience
We teach everything, also because then a student can work
everywhere. Even the projects made by the 2nd year students are part
of their portfolios, ready to be presented during competitions and job interviews.
ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Fashion sketchbook by Lorenzo di Giambattista, ex student and now fashion designer
There’s a strong synergy between the IED’s system and the
companies. Do you receive any suggestions from them to update the educational
method? Do they ask for something more specific for satisfying their production
or market needs?
Occasionally it happens. But it’s better knowing
how to bring the right people to the right companies, adapting to their needs. For
example, a Dior manager came to us, saw 4 or 5 of the most suitable students in
a 5-hour interview, making them draw in front of her to see how they work and project.
 

Now there are many competitors in the job market, so you should
be able to know how to sell yourself, in the sense of knowing how to propose yourself
in the right way. That’s why I’ve also included Public Speaking among our
subjects, because students can make wonderful projects, but they also need to know how to explain them.

Angels of Talent: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Manual drawing exercises during the “Open Day”
Also because nowadays storytelling is a fundamental part
of the fashion product
Absolutely! Anyway, I see that every company moves
in its own way, but the thing that everyone asks me is manual drawing in
sketchbooks, a need of a return of pure creativity. Because  after an initial general flattening, there was
a time when everyone made only strange unwearable things. We moved from one extreme
to another, forgetting the middle way, which is a creativity made of ideas and
good taste.

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
IED School of Fashion’s graduate collection (photo by Luca Latrofa)
In addition to ideas, knowing how to do things is
important too. I remember also a period in which everything was only
theoretical, but manual work is fundamental. Some schools go in this direction,
others don’t.
Well, for example, I worked with a very good designer
who also won the British Council, but without my help, the patternmakers
couldn’t have made their job, because he made unintelligible drawings. I call
it the Montessori’s method of fashion, that is no method, but only a lot of
creativity. Today a designer must also know how to do things.
Of course! It’s true that creativity is important, but making
fashion means real products, something you can wear. A person may be
extravagant and eccentric, but the human body has shapes and proportions that
are essential to build wearable clothes. So companies now ask students with a
great know-how. Something else?
What everyone is asking is ecology. Our network
is focusing on sustainability and we are working hardly in this direction. We
are doing a beautiful project with all the IED’s Italian students, “The Time
is Now”
. Me, Sara Azzone of IED Moda Milano and Sara Maino, are on the
jury. We’ve selected some students who are working with Casamadre, a group of alumni
with their own established brand, following it for six months just like real
professionals. They are making incredible projects.
Angels of Talent: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
“The Time is Now”, sustainable project by the students of IED Fashion School
Ecology was something I‘d like to talk about with you. In my
opinion, sustainability should already have been the present. Well, we could say
that surely this is the future of fashion.
We’ve been working on this for a long time, because
“The Time is Now” will be released soon and we will do it for many years,
with moments for selecting some students to carry on this idea. There are also many
special projects. The students are working on sustainable issues and are very
attentive to the problem.
Fortunately, it’s a very sensitive generation
Oh yes, also because they are the ones who won’t
have a future, while we can handle, well or badly.
We had our part of extra luxury and unfortunately, with fashion industry, we
gave a fair contribution to the current problems of pollution.
Quite enough! Before we talked about the great
designers of the past, who were geniuses. But at the time, saying to Mr. Ferrè
or Mr. Valentino that a red couldn’t be so intense because of sustainability, would
be impossible. We’d see apocalyptic scenes. They’d have thrown us off the window
from the third floor. For everything there’s a season.
Angels of Talent: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Sustainability and ecology are involving many students of IED School of Fashion
I had a chat with professors of different subjects. Even
when I was at the fashion show of IED Milano, there was a project connecting students
of fashion design, jewelry design, styling, communication and graphic design. My
idea is that, being a network, there is a synergy between the various school’s sectors.
Is that so?
We are super-interdisciplinary. A true network of
connections between various worlds. In Rome we are 4 directors, for fashion,
visual arts, communication and design, plus the Chief Manager and a staff that
is really amazing, because we are very close to each other. We are continuously
connected and then we have a meeting all together every 15 days to take stock
of the situation, to understand how to share projects and make the students
work together.
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The headquarter of IED Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome
How many projects are born together?
Lots. Last year we made real interdisciplinary
thesis with the Capitoline Museums. There were jewelry design students who
worked with those of product design and those who re-designed the museum’s
spaces. Wonderful thesis. For a bike-sharing project for the Municipality of
Rome, the fashion design students created smart clothing for cycling, someone
invented a type of bicycle, others a safe seats for babies, with students involved
in the product communication, visual artist who made videos, graphic designers
who did the coordinated image. Well, they work a lot together.

 

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Sustainable multi-disciplinary projects at IED Istituto Europeo di Design Rome
And the same happens between the various school’s
headquarters?
Our network is very open. In Milan we have a
meeting a month with all the directors of fashion schools and the same do all
the directors of the various departments. We bring the news from different
cities and deciding how to proceed, analyzing our needs, comparing our
programs, exchanging students. At IED, we work a lot on interchange, because
confrontation is important. I have to say that since I came here, I never heard
about a Roman or Milanese school. We are a network that goes from Cagliari to
Turin across Italy.
ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
“Open Day” at IED Rome
How is the relationship with other fashion schools? I
imagine that obviously, there’s a bit of competitiveness, but I was wondering in
which terms, or if there is a collaborative spirit.
I make the example of Rome, which is simpler. Here
we are. There is Accademia di Costume e Moda, Koefia and now Naba has opened. I
think we are all very different schools. I believe that every school has its
own specificity and the students understand it immediately.
Your own DNA?
Yes, and in my opinion we should work precisely on that, there’s no need to be afraid of others. Do things together? Why not? But each
with its own method, respecting its unique features. I don’t see a real
competitiveness. We are all very different, in my opinion.
Competitiveness could be seen in a proactive way, as a
stimulus to improve
I am very careful about this. I see what others are doing
and I think we should make things that others do not do. All these schools have
different courses and we want to distinguish ourselves as a school that provides our students with adequate tools for the work environment.
Angels of Talent: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Wacom Cintiq laboratory at IED School of Fashion of Rome (photo by Olimpia Rende)
Is IED more know-how oriented ?
Yes, of course, we offer a very practical training. Then
we also organize lessons and talks with great managers, with designers who have
incredible careers. When the students listen to their stories, they remain fascinated.
In my opinion, every school should keep its DNA in mind. Having important fashion
academies in Rome for me is an incredible stimulus and I’m really happy that
Naba has arrived in this city, because it’s certainly one more competitor, but
at the same time it means that Rome is a city where you can study fashion.
Maybe a relaunch of its past glories
Exactly, this is my perspective, that we are
present here, that Naba also believes in Rome, without forgetting Koefia, Accademia
di Costume e Moda and other realities. I’m on good terms with everyone.
ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
IED’s graduate fashion show in Rome (photo by Gaetano Alfano)
If you had to sum up the strengths of IED Fashion School
Rome, what would be?
Our strong points are those of the whole network.
Training young people who know how to do things, who are problem solvers and
who don’t create problems. Interdisciplinarity is our maximum strength. Then,
speaking about Rome, I’m focusing a lot on trying to go back to the past glories,
to a great sartorial work, particularity and uniqueness. For example, for our tailoring
courses I brought from Milan the same pattern makers who worked for Ferrè and professors
of a very high level. Because I think we need to go back there, to what our DNA
was, to the great tailoring tradition.

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Patternmaking and tailoring teacher following a student at IED Rome

To the uniqueness of what was once Made in Italy?

Without calling it luxury, because nobody likes
this word anymore, but that’s the direction where we need to go. Not just
making expensive items, but doing well-done things.
In this sense, how is your relationship with AltaRoma,
which believes in young people and is betting on fashion schools and emerging brands?
We have a very close relationship with AltaRoma. I
really believe in it! We always do something within their events and I believe
that AltaRoma gives a boost to the city. It’s a beautiful reality, especially
in this year’s edition in January. Maybe not everyone believes in it but I think it’s a great opportunity for young designers.
The fashion shows were nice, in particular “Who Is On Next?” and Showcase. 

For
me the new location they found in the heart of the city is very interesting. There are
so many young people and I saw beautiful things on catwalks. I made fashion shows
all my life. I have a trained eye. Beyond the realization, which often depends
on how much money a designer could invest, sometimes you have to look at the
idea and the potential. In terms of ideas, I saw interesting things. I believe
that there are good winds blowing over Rome, even though IED never make a reasoning
closely linked to the territory, but in terms of networks.

ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
ED School of Fashion’s graduate collection (photo by Luca Latrofa)

In fact, the best strength that distinguishes IED is this
strong synergy between departments

Yes, that’s what gives us strength. Even teachers
who teach in Rome could also do it in another headquarters. Our heritage, our
strength are the teachers, who are all people who work at a high level and
therefore bring their experience into the school. We don’t have many academics,
they’re almost all professionals.
ANGELS OF TALENT: interview with Paola Pattacini, Director of IED School of Fashion of Rome
Behind the scene of a fashion photo shoot at IED School of Fashion of Rome

I really want to thank Professor Paola Pattacini and the staff
of IED School of Fashion of Rome for this beautiful and interesting interview.

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