Dear iDEALS, it was around January when I visited Florence to work with Linda Loppa and Polimoda's tutors on a project that focused on three themes: Fetish, Monsters and Bridges. I did a series of interviews on video as well as in text featuring a selected number of fashion pioneers and opinion leaders as well as Polimoda teachers and students using a Q&A format targeted to trigger reflections on how the creative values of the past are linked to those of the present.
This series of video-interviews represent the development of the project “Momenting the Memento” in the prospect of the IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes) conference that will be held in Florence in 2015, in the premises of Villa Favard. A strand of research addressed during the first SALON, a closed-door conversation on the theme “Connecting Cities, Education and Fashion” that brought together opinion leaders from the worlds of industry, culture and fashion. The video of the third Q&A featuring Humberto Leon, one of the two designers for KENZO in Paris, has been uploaded by POLIMODA on youtube, since yesterday and I wish to share it with you. Exploiting the same working method for the IFFTI conference, and to set up a dialogue between different creative disciplines, withing my Questions&Answers I am trying to grasp how history, society and art are intermeshed with fashion. All the interviews will be distilled online in little “nuggets” on Polimodamag.com in the days to follow.