Istituto Marangoni talents at Lakmé Fashion Week

On October 16th, two students graduating in Fashion Design from Istituto Marangoni schools in Milan and Florence got the chance to physically showcase their final collections during the Lakmé Fashion Week in Mumbai. A great success for both the two Alumni and for Istituto Marangoni, the fashion show was supported by GFWi and FDCI. 
A commentary by the Director of Education of Istituto Marangoni Firenze highlights the Florentine School’s core values: technology and craftsmanship. 


By Giulia Piceni. Images courtesy of Graduate Fashion Week.

A starry night, young talents and an exceptional event are the ingredients of the closing catwalk of Lakmé Fashion Week, starring two of the best graduating collections from Istituto Marangoni’s Milanese and Florentine schools. 

The event was organised with GFWi (Graduate Fashion Week International), the most prominent international association that aims to create a dialogue between a wider audience and the BA fashion graduates through catwalks (both digital and physical), showcases, webinars and inspiring talks.

The show was also supported by FDCI (Fashion Design Council of India), a non-profit organisation that promotes young talent, industry corporations, educational institutions, and the best professionals in the field. Its main objective is to push Indian Fashion towards a more sustainable root to success.


XingXing Su, who studied Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni Firenze, saw her collection Le Givre displayed at the End of the Year Fashion Show in Florence and during this exclusive event. Inspired by Katherine Morling’s ceramics, areas of interest such as technology, craftsmanship and nature come together as a visual feast of flowers, pale tones, and spots of black. 
Interestingly, the young designer adopted a 3D pen to enhance her designs, adding some level of manipulation.


About the fashion show, Istituto Marangoni Firenze Director of Education Francesca Giulia Tavanti stated, “Istituto Marangoni’s international approach and its solid network allow our students to participate year after year in the world’s most prestigious events in fashion education. We couldn’t be more proud of their achievements: a springboard that prepares them for a thriving career.”

When asked to comment on the style of the young Fashion Design graduate, Tavanti said, “GFWi has been a unique opportunity for our Fashion Design Chinese student XingXing Su. She showed an international audience a perfect combination of our School’s values: technology and traditional Florentine craftsmanship”.


Istituto Marangoni Milano was honoured to see one of its talents getting the international audience’s attention. The collection by freshly graduated Francesco Imberti was inspired by personal themes, such as the feelings of love and rejection experienced when he was younger. The set of emotions Imberti referred to for his project was also linked to his research on gender identity.

Francesco Imberti, Reflections, 2022. Lakmé Fashion Week, Mumbai. Images courtesy of Graduate Fashion Week.

Following this mood, the garments were shaped in rectangles to produce zero waste and shift the practice of pattern-making from a strictly socio-cultural meaning to a gender-fluid form.

“It is an immense honour and pleasure to present our graduate student’s accomplishment in an international showcase like GFWi and Lakmé Fashion Week, substantiating the wide-ranging and global presence of Istituto Marangoni worldwide but especially in Mumbai where we are an established educational provider since 2017,” says Ms. Diana Marian Murek, Director of Education at Istituto Marangoni Milano.

“The collection we exhibited in this occasion is the one of Francesco Imberti, winner of the Best Talent of Istituto Marangoni Milano 2022, a zero waste, no gender, all sizes collection, that in its sustainable and inclusive values represents Francesco’s unique sensibility regarding the world he and many young creatives are experiencing today.”

Giulia Piceni is an Undergraduate student in Arts Curating at Istituto Marangoni Firenze.

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