MILAN — Istituto Marangoni presented a book to mark its 80th anniversary on Thursday at the Museum of Cultures in Milan.
“Fashion Culture: Istituto Marangoni: icon of fashion and design,” published by Rizzoli, celebrates four generations of professionals educated at the Marangoni Institute of Fashion and Design. The presentation was the third event so far this year, marking the milestone for the school, which lists Franco Moschino, Domenico Dolce, and Alessandra Facchinetti as some of its past students.
Fashion and design journalist and art critic Cristina Morozzi wrote and edited the book while also currently acting as director of education at the Marangoni School of Design campus. “For over a year I have had the chance to get to know the students, teachers and alumni of the Marangoni Institute,” said Morozzi. “I was deeply impressed by the mission that they all seem to share. It is a mission to work hard, be determined and in the end, to be successful. Every single one of them is confident that they will succeed because of the solid education that the Marangoni schooling offers.”
Fashion photographer Aldo Fallai said he spent two years photographing teachers and students at the Milan, Paris, London and Shanghai schools. Like Morozzi, he began to notice a trend in all of the subjects who posed for the camera, as they all “had the same, calm look, utterly relaxed and all with a flame of determination. Instantly I thought of the 14th-century painter Antonello da Messina and the likeness to the portraits that he painted. And so I used da Messina’s style of the subject being shown bust-length, often against a dark background, full-face or in three-quarters view as my inspiration for the type of photos utilized for the tribute publication.”
Roberto Riccio, chief executive officer of the Marangoni Institute worldwide, summed up the criteria behind the success of the school: “We use a method that is clear and that works: our teachers are the real, successful professionals of today and they are teaching their students how to be the professionals of tomorrow.”
A new Marangoni school of fashion, art and design in Florence is set to open its doors in October 2016.