Venice: Palazzo Badoer – Day One: MISA Conference. Earlier this year MISA was officially founded. MISA is the Italian Association for Fashion Studies and its mission is to promote the recognition of fashion as a study and as a strategic sector in the context of cultural policies. A platform at the confluence of different points of view on fashion: historical, planning, sociological, semiotic, anthropological, historical, artistic, philosophical, psychological, literary, economic, visual culture, and cultural studies. It wants to reflect a plurality of voices: different types of expertise, different methodologies, different professions and attidudes are brought together in order to create a network of interrelated and coperative resereach projects relevant both in Italy and abroad.
Above: A slide from the work of students from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Moda Fusion section.
MISA Confernce – the round table. The theme of the first MISA conference: Training and education as permanent objectives, involving teachers, students, scholars, designers, producers, designers, photographers, editors. To each of these production choices corresponds to a specific form of creativity, and training capacity. Those of teaching and of learning are complementary positions. For this reason it is important to activate a platform that will bring out the voices of the different organizations involved in Italy today in the "trend" at all levels. The discussion was chaired by jounalist Angelo Flaccavento.
The Panel Left – Right
Marzia Narduzzi, managing director Pier Spa
Rita Airaghi, director Fondazione Gianfranco Ferre
Lidewij Edelkoort, MOBA Mode
Angelo Flaccavento, journalist and chair
Massimiliano Giornetti, creative director Salvatore Ferragamo
Laura Lusuardi, Gruppo Max Mara
Matteo Marzotto, presidente Fondazione CUOA
Caterina Rorro, Lectra
Mario Lupano, University IUAV of Venice
Louise Wallenberg, Stockholm University
MOBA Mode’s Lidewij Edelkoort and Maria Luisa Frisa President of MISA, critic and independent curator she directs the graduate program in Fashion Design at the University IUAV of Venice.
Keynote address. The keynote address was given by Willie Walters, director of the BA fashion course at from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Turner Prize award winning British artist and transvestite Grayson Perry. When in drag he is better known as Claire and it is in this capacity that he asks students from Central Saint Martins to design outfits for him, many of which he buys and wears when he appears in public in female clothes.
Rita Airaghi and Matteo Marzotto
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – Mao Usami
Angelo Flaccavento and Laura Lusuardi
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – Narae Park
Maria Luisa Frisa and the commissioner of trade and production activities Carla Rey
IUAV’s Ethel Rossi wearing one of the dresses she designs.
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – Morgan Levy
Li Edelkoort provokes the discussion
Mario Lupano responds
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – Rachel Choi
Elena Donazzan councilor for education policies, training and work in the Veneto region has the last word.
IUAV’s priceless Gabriele Monti and P.R. Valeria Regazzoni listen in.
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – Yuki Hagino