‘MODA! Italy on the catwalk’ brought six young talents of Italian fashion in the limelight of the Vancouver Fashion Week: Arianna Bonifazi, Gaoming Chen, He Yan and Yeqi Tang, all students at the New Academy of Fine Arts (NABA) of Milan, under the guidance of Nicoletta Morozzi. They presented their creations together with Elena Pignata for ‘Ombra di Foglia’ and Giulia Solda for Maatroom.
The Italian fashion event was opened by the Consul General in Vancouver Massimiliano Iacchini, who pointed out the importance of fashion as a link between culture, creativity and economy. It is a context in which Italy has much to offer, especially in a city like Vancouver, which represents fertile ground for exchanges and a multicultural context ready to absorb new ideas and creative proposals. Many players from the world of Canadian and international fashion crowded both the fashion show and the subsequent reception organised by the Consulate and the Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, at the Simon Fraser University-SFU in Vancouver, Nicoletta Morozzi held a workshop titled ‘Fashion is a Language. Making Fashion at NABA’, which was attended by around 50 people.
The Consulate General and the Chamber of Commerce also organised meetings between the fashion designers and NABA representatives and the major local design academies and training institutes, especially with the ‘Emily Carr University of Art + Design’, the ‘Visual College of Art and Design’, the ‘John Casablancas Institute’, and the ‘Vancouver Community College’ in Vancouver.