Istituto Marangoni showcased its best talents from Paris, Milan, Shanghai, and London campuses during Graduate Fashion Week 2015. Cover photo: Tzemari Spyridoula’s design (London campus). Photos courtesy of Totem Fashion.

This year, I’m really happy to share this “bonus” student fashion show coverage from Istituto Marangoni, thanks to Totem Fashion. A little overview about Graduate Fashion Week: it’s a charity organization founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE, and John Walford to “unify both UK and international universities and create a stronghold for the creative industries.” It showcases work from outstanding students and graduates from influential and inspiring international universities worldwide, representing “the future of creative design talent.” For more interesting statistics, hop to this Vogue UK article. It’s such a big, exciting event!

Istituto Marangoni was founded in 1935 in Milan as Istituto Artistico dell’abbigliamento Marangoni, or The Marangoni Artistic Clothing Institute. Fashion talents from the school include Domenico Dolce (Dolce & Gabbana) and Franco Moschino. It currently has 3,000 students per year from 92 countries at its 4 locations. And as part of Graduate Fashion Week 2015, Istituto Marangoni presented a total of 8 collections by their international students in Paris, Milan, Shanghai and London schools. The fashion show was held in Brick Lane, East Catwalk (146 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU).

Milan: Giulia Guadagno (womenswear) and Ying Duan (menswear)
Paris: Bu Tian (womenswear) and Jessica Parker (menswear)
London: Tzemari Spyridoula (womenswear) and Ines de Mena (menswear)
Shanghai: Jia Jung (womenswear) and CheChe (menswear)

Special thanks to Totem Fashion for providing the images. Without further ado, here are the runway photos from all 8 Istituto Marangoni students!

Photos: Courtesy of Totem Fashion

Bu Tian – Paris

The way Bu Tian mixes fabrics, control colors, define textures, and layer patterns is incredible. No doubt the patterns for each garments are really intricate and the execution looks great. It’s youthful, it’s bold, and so totally cool. Respect.
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CheChe – Shanghai

Men always look the best in suits. And what fine gentlemen CheChe dressed! The garments have a nostalgic feel to 1930s Shanghai Bund fashion, but the bold colors and patterns modernize it all the way to 2015 and beyond. Love those shoes, too!
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Giulia Guadagno – Milan

Hand weaving technique combined with luxe outerwear makes a wonderful fashion statement. As I browse these photos, I can see in my mind how the garments move on the runway. Very eclectic, a bit rebellious, but still very chic. It’s a hard combination to pull off, but Giulia Guadagno achieved it very, very well.
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Ines De Mena – London

I’m not sure if the fishermen of this collection are in trouble, but if they are, I’m sure there are many who want to save them. I love the consistency of the silhouettes and the fun pastel shades Ines De Mena employs. My favorite piece is the cut-out blue sweater from the 2nd look.
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Jessica Parker – Paris

I LOVE the textures of the garments; they look like fragile luxe papers from afar, but I’m sure they’re not so vulnerable to the touch. The textures add details of depth, which brings an added dimension of finesse to this sporty collection. Beautifully executed, Jessica Parker!
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Tzemari Spyridoula – London

Tzemari Spyridoula’s collection is very whimsical and edgy. The mix of patterns, composition of layers, and half-cape accents really make this collection a stand-out. Clearly, there is a lot of intricate (and risky?) decisions made to create this collection, and I applaud Tzemari for going all the way to realize the design concept.
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Wang Jung – Shanghai

There’s something very mystical and eerie about Wang Jung’s collection. Perhaps it’s the use of golden hair, the long robe, or both. The gold accents are really luxurious, but something about the details make me thinks the women are slightly insane. A fashionable kind of insane, though…which is good.
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Ying Duan – Milan

Ying Duan’s streetwear collection is very outgoing and fresh. The chevron details are effective, and the oversize silhouettes are beautifully controlled. The ninja-esque face mask / half cape is super fun, and it is easily the best statement-making piece of this collection.
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So there you have it! Congrats to all of these talented Istituto Marangoni student designers, and I’m sure we’ll hear more about them in the near future.

Thanks for reading, until next time,


Click the image below to browse the Backstage photos from Istituto Marangoni Fashion Show at Graduate Fashion Week 2015 album:
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Photos: Courtesy of Totem Fashion.

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