Fashion Research Italy to Open Headquarters in October – WWD

Alberto Masotti, the previous proprietor and president of the La Perla innerwear model, has launched into a brand new mission. His Fashion Research Italy, a nonprofit group based in 2015, will open its headquarters in Bologna on Oct. 21 and also will debut submit-graduate programs.

Positioned at 12 By way of del Fonditore, on the outskirts of the Italian metropolis, Fashion Research Italy has renovated a 75,600-square-foot area, which as soon as housed a La Perla manufacturing plant, for a complete funding of 15 million euros, creating an academic and exhibition hub devoted to Made in Italy.

“Manufacture and craftsmanship ought to embrace new alternatives of improvement by means of innovation, analysis, training, heritage and globalization: vogue wants to evolve into vogue,” stated Masotti, who final June unveiled the “Statue of a Girl” because the image of the inspiration. The sculpture, which is 32 ft excessive, is devoted to Olga Cantelli, Masotti’s late spouse and former La Perla designer, and options 21,120 LED lights, its form recalling each the feminine physique and a robe, thus linking heritage and innovation in vogue.

The sculpture "Statue of a Woman" dedicated to Olga Cantelli.

The sculpture “Statue of a Girl” devoted to Olga Cantelli.  Massimo Paolone

Fashion Research Italy additionally homes a one-of-a-sort multimedia interactive catwalk, which isn't solely an emblem but in addition an precise instrument to be used to stage digital runway exhibits.

Aimed toward fostering vogue knowhow and selling a area that's traditionally linked to the business’s pipeline, Fashion Research Italy is about to change into a gathering level for firms and new expertise, nurturing innovation, training and heritage in vogue, in accordance to its website online.

Whereas a Grasp’s diploma in design and expertise for vogue communication was unveiled in March in a partnership with Alma Mater Studiorum-College of Bologna and Lectra, Fashion Research Italy is rising its instructional supply for fall with a vogue structure course and a fall Heritage Administration faculty.

Each programs goal submit-graduate college students and whereas the previous is a midterm syllabus, the latter is a brief-time period one, which addresses the archival self-discipline in vogue. Fashion Research Institute can be funding 10 scholarships for every course for a complete worth of 30,000 euros.

Masotti has additionally arrange a digital archive that may be consulted on web site upon appointment. It consists of very long time Etro collaborator Renzo Bardone’s 30,000 drawings on paper and canvas in addition to the Fashion Images Archive.

Contemplating the significance of promoting in right this moment’s vogue, Fashion Research Italy invited manufacturers to be part of the pictures database, which consists of images from advert campaigns in addition to press releases, look books and runway present movies. Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, La Perla, Woolrich and Furla are among the many companies enlisted in the mission to this point.

Bologna, 22/06/2017 - PRESS PREThe multimedia interactive catwalk to stage virtual runway shows.

The multimedia interactive catwalk to stage digital runway exhibits.  Massimo Paolone

On the date of its opening, Fashion Research Institute will depend on lecture rooms with over 200 interactive whiteboards, laboratories, a 32,290-square-foot exhibition advanced and a technological hub in addition to the areas put aside for the digital archive.

Masotti stepped down from his place at La Perla in 2007 with the arrival of San Francisco-based mostly non-public fairness agency JH Companions, which took full management of the group in 2008. Pacific Global Management now owns the model.

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