The Arab Fashion Council and Polimoda, one of the world’s leading fashion schools, have joined forces to announce a groundbreaking collaboration. With a mission to nurture the next generation of fashion talent with world-class education to deserving individuals within the fashion sector, the Arab Fashion Council and Polimoda have pledged to offer a fully paid scholarship to aspiring fashion professionals from across the GCC for the Masters in Fashion Brand Management Program commencing in April 2024. The partnership brings together two influential entities in the fashion world to create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, opening the doors for the winner to embark on a transformative journey alongside international students at Polimoda's renowned campus in Florence, Italy.
Polimoda has long been at the forefront of fashion education, covering design and business management courses. As part of this collaboration with the Arab Fashion Council, Polimoda’s scholarship will provide an extraordinary chance for ambitious individuals to pursue their dreams in the fashion industry.
Jacob Abrian x Massimiliano Giornetti
Speaking on the occasion, Jacob Abrian, Founder and CEO of Arab Fashion Council said, "The Arab Fashion Council is dedicated to supporting talent in the fashion world, and our partnership with Polimoda reflects this commitment. We are excited to join forces with Polimoda to offer this unique opportunity for aspiring fashion professionals to further their education and career prospects."
"We are honored to partner with the Arab Fashion Council in offering this exclusive scholarship opportunity. This collaboration underscores our commitment to nurturing the next generation of fashion leaders and providing them with the essential tools to excel in the industry." said Massimiliano Giornetti, Director of Polimoda.
Application Process and Eligibility Criteria
Prospective students will undergo a selective application process that considers not only academic credentials but also individual potential. To apply, candidates must select the Polimoda Master Course in Fashion Brand Management (April 2024 edition) and complete the application form on Polimoda's website. Candidates will be asked to provide proof of English proficiency (B2 required). The admission committee, composed of Polimoda's Head of Department, Department Supervisor, two Course Leading Teachers, and Arab Fashion Council representatives, will assess candidates based on merits, curriculum vitae, and motivation letter, ultimately awarding the scholarship to the top-ranked candidate. The application period runs from November 1st, 2023, to December 1st, 2023 and a full list of documents required for the admission process is included on the Polimoda website.
Polimoda's Master in Fashion Brand Management
Polimoda's Master in Fashion Brand Management program, scheduled to commence in April 2024, is a testament to the institution's commitment to nurturing the next generation of fashion leaders. This visionary program equips students with the creative, strategic, and relational abilities needed to excel in the world of brand management. It delves into three core pillars: 'Vision,' exploring the relationships between humans, society, and industries; 'Management,' focusing on real-world business models through strategic marketing; and 'Communications,' teaching students to craft and deliver compelling brand narratives.
Taught by a faculty of seasoned industry professionals and enriched by international guest lecturers, this intensive program comprises 700 contact hours and allows students to earn 80 academic credits. Upon completion, graduates are well-prepared for diverse roles in brand management across the fashion industry and beyond.
As part of the overarching collaboration with Arab Fashion Council, Massimiliano Giornetti participated in a panel discussion at the Threads Talks, an event organized by Meta and Arab Fashion Council and featured on the Dubai Fashion Week Calendar. The discussion, hosted by Jacob Abrian, delved into the “Business of Fashion”, where Polimoda’s Director shared insights from his international experience alongside other esteemed industry figures. Offering a unique opportunity and his expertise, Massimiliano Giornetti also led an exclusive hands-on workshop titled "Research, Cut, Create, Re-create,". The workshop was designed to inspire participants to explore non-fashion images, extract elements from art and nature, and infuse them with fashion details. From collages to innovative design concepts, the workshop offered a fresh perspective on fashion creativity.
At Dubai Fashion Week, Polimoda proudly presented the extraordinary talent of Domenico Orefice, a fashion design graduate from the school and recipient of the prestigious Polimoda Talent award. Domenico presented the latest collection of his homonymous brand, Domenico OreficeTM, in a captivating fashion show, providing a vivid testament to the innovation and creativity nurtured at Polimoda.
The collaboration between Polimoda, the Italian Fashion School, and the Arab Fashion Council represents a significant milestone in the fashion education landscape with the objective of nurturing talent, fostering creativity, and empowering the next generation of fashion leaders. With a commitment to excellence in fashion education, Polimoda and the Arab Fashion Council invite aspiring students from across the GCC to seize this unique opportunity and embark on an inspiring journey into the world of fashion brand management.
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