MILAN — The Giorgio Armani company on Thursday released the list of mentors who will hold classes at the Armani/Laboratorio, an intensive filmmaking workshop offered free of charge, which will allow participants to produce a short film. The workshop, which was officially revealed at the end of August, will take place at the Armani/Silos from Nov. 27 to Dec. 6.
In particular, actor and film director Michele Placido and writer and actress Francesca Marciano will teach all aspects of directing and screenplay writing, respectively, while Alessandro Lai and Oscar-winner Gabriella Pescucci will discuss the most important elements of costume design. Cinematographer Luca Bigazzi, who won seven David di Donatello awards, will guide the cinematography students while the set-designing and editing courses will be held by Paki Meduri and Patrizio Marone. In addition, Maurizio Silvi and Aldo Signoretti will give makeup and hair styling classes.
“Like all of my ventures, Armani/Laboratorio was born from a practical idea because I believe that there is a need to be specific and hands-on support for the new generation,” said Giorgio Armani. “The excitement with which friends and prominent professionals agreed to participate in this ambitious project has given me great satisfaction. And I’m twice as proud — both as a creator/entrepreneur and as an Italian — because it’s wonderful to see figures who have had remarkable success mobilize with passion for ventures on which the future of Italy’s creativity can depend.”
This project is in line with Armani’s ongoing support of emerging talent in the fashion industry. For several seasons, Armani invited young designers to present their collections at his Teatro space in Milan. The latest was Chinese designer Xuzhi Chen in February, who followed Vivetta, Andrea Pompilio, Au Jour Le Jour and Miaoran, among others.