Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing

Florence, Italy
Polimoda, International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing is an Italian centre of excellence, recognized worldwide for its high quality, fashion-oriented, didactic offer ranging from design & marketing to management and communication, always in close relation to the business world.
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Why should I study here at Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing?


Much more than a training center: a creative campus, the meeting place of visionaries and opinion
leaders from the worlds of fashion, culture, and professional training, in which Polimoda is an
authoritative, internationally-recognized voice. In 2015, Polimoda will be hosting the IFFTI
International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes conference, promoting a global network
comprising the worlds most advanced centers for Fashion Design, Technology and Business training.
Following in the footsteps of many Renaissance spirits, Florence and Polimoda are preparing for a new
challenge, and for a Renai[chance].
Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing is, so to speak, an institute with the
gene for Italian excellence, as well as an international vocation. Polimoda is recognized around the
globe for its high quality fashion and marketing teaching programs. Founded in 1986 as part of an
initiative conceived and financed by the Cities of Florence and Prato and fashion-sector trade
associations, Polimoda offers students impeccable professional training through highly-specialized
working and research methodology.
Since January 2007, the Institutes development program has been entrusted to Director Linda Loppa.
Born and raised in Antwerp, to a family of Italian origin, Linda Loppa is a charismatic personality,
internationally recognized on the fashion scene. Putting her extraordinary professional and creative
background to good use, she re-launched the image of the Institute with a completely revamped
training program: today, Polimoda is an international point of reference for the sector, thanks to its
avant-garde teaching methods. Under Linda Loppas directorship, Polimoda has grown from a training
center into a state of mind, a singular way of thinking about and building the world, stretching
creative limits at every turn.
Ferruccio Ferragamo, President of Polimoda since March 2006, is another key figure at Polimoda and a
name that represents the best of fashion Made in Italy worldwide. An enlightened entrepreneur,
Ferruccio Ferragamo has always been involved in management of Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.a., of
which he is currently President. As President of Polimoda, he has consolidated the Institute and
reinforced its standing as an authoritative member of the institutional community with international
The fashion system has been changing radically in recent years: companies are demanding ever more
highly-qualified and highly-specialized professionals possessing great versatility and interlocking skills, in
step with the latest on the new media front. Time is an indispensible commodity for completing and
perfecting ones training; for this reason, Polimoda has broadened its offer and extended course
duration to guarantee the best available training and profitable specialization in the various skill areas.
Villa Favard built in 1875 for Fiorella Favard de LAnglade and today the Polimoda quartier général is
once again the cultural salon and creative meeting-point its first owner envisioned. Designed by the
architect Giuseppe Poggi, Villa Favard has now been returned to all its original splendor. The complex
overlooking the Arno River and the Bellosguardo hills is the ideal venue for hosting Polimodas
visionaries, managers, and creative talents, thanks to its historic prestige and its sheer beauty as well
as the intrinsic meaning that these spaces have for the City of Florence.

Polimoda- Villa Favard

Via Curtatone 1 - 50123 Florence - Italy

orientation@polimoda.com - www.polimoda.com

Tel: +39 55 2750628

About Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing

Fashion education that makes the difference

Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing is an Italian centre of excellence,recognized worldwide for its high quality, fashion-oriented, didactic offer ranging from Design & Marketing to Management and Communication, in line with industry and fashion company needs.

Polimoda relies on a team of professors with a solid background and experience in the fashion industry, a team focused on providing students with an updated education, always in-line with the fast changing fashion business. Our faculty is expert in the different fields of fashion design, marketing, management, branding, communication, trends, footwear and pattern design as well as research in fashion.

Polimoda started in 1986 as a joint project co-financed by the cities of Florence and Prato, along with entrepreneurial associations and the collaboration of FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology from the State University of New York.

Polimoda continues to work closely with the Tuscan Region and the provinces of Prato and Florence.
Polimoda is also a member of IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes).



The Polimoda Library Documentation Centre "Matteo Lanzoni" is a place of memory, inspiration and creativity.
It contains the most important international collection of monographs, periodicals, videos, look books, and antique, rare and precious materials for creative artists.
It is a different kind of library, conceived for the creative artist, for the person who treats his own mind differently (Louis I. Kahn), in other words who is able to see images not as they appear to the ordinary eye, but to see what his mind tells him to see.
The library is organised in 4 areas:
Textiles and clothing, the original core of the library;
Art, in all its forms;
Photography, comprising nature, fashion, travel and anthropological photos;
Innovation management, how to fuel creativity and manage innovation.
The collection is completed by a collection of Magazines and the Film Library.

Technology Centre

In 1994 Polimoda created a new centre for computer technology to meet the educational requirements of students, provide training for those in the clothing sector, for the teachers and students on professional training courses and to provide a point of reference for businesses and professionals in the fashion trade who wished to make use of CAD-CAM programmes.

By continually investing in the maintenance and improvement of its systems, the Technology Centre is now recognised as an educational centre of excellence for the use of new technologies in the fashion sector.

Partnerships with leading sector companies who offer their services to Polimoda enable students to work in a context which closely reflects that of production from the earliest stages.

Polimoda is the first school in Italy to use Visual Retailing 4 software for visual merchandising (from 3D graphics for window dressing to back office support) and Atelier98 for retail management (from accounting to forecasting and business intelligence) in addition to CAD software for designing clothing and footwear.

The entire computer network is permanently linked to internet, including by wireless connection.

Stage & Placement

The Internship&Job Opportunity Office sets up internships (when courses require it) for all Polimoda students. It also promotes the office activities in close collaboration with companies in the field and promotes meetings with students and companies in order to make internship selections.
Thanks to the Polimoda Campus Database Service, the internship office helps graduates step into the business world and companies hire qualified personnel, thus creating a balance between offer and request

Housing service

An exclusive service tailored for Polimoda students

Polimoda offers a Housing service specially tailored for students away from home and intended to make finding a place to stay in Florence easier and safer.

The Institute collaborates with a range of different types of accommodation structure and with estate agents so as to respond to every type of demand on the part of the student. In practice Polimoda acts as an intermediary between the two parties, guaranteeing contacts that are immediate and transparent.

All kinds of information about housing (types of accommodation, availability, prices etc.) can be requested quickly and easily by e-mail, writing to housing@polimoda.com or requesting a direct contact with an estate agent during one of the many Polimoda orientation days. We guarantee that the accommodation structure contacted will reply within 48/72 hours.

Student life at Polimoda Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing

Florence is an art city that attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year. It offers visitors a good range of transport systems and road networks. Connections are not restricted to the city centre and the suburbs, but include an extensive network of communication with the main Tuscan hubs (Florence Airport, Pisa Airport) and the more famous tourist destinations of the region.

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