Private fashion institution Polimoda has announced that it will be opening its third location next year in Florence’s Manifattura Tabacchi complex. The space will also play host to the school’s 2018 fashion show during Pitti Uomo.
Manifattura Tabacchi has been abandoned for nearly two decades, although more recently being utilized by the likes of Gucci and Gosha Rubchinskiy for runway shows and private parties. Again, the space will now call home to Polimoda’s third campus, alongside Villa Favard in Florence and the Design Lab in Scandicci.
The complex was built in the early 1940s, nestled just outside of the city’s center. While already a beautiful example of Italian rationalist architecture, Polimoda will not only restore original aspects of the warehouse, but also update it to adhere to the demands of more contemporary activities.
This new location, scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, will in turn boast classrooms, photographic studios, art rooms, pattern making, tailoring and knitwear workshop spaces, computer labs, and a state-of-the-art auditorium. The remainder of the complex will then be used to fill shops, green areas, hotels, exhibition spaces, and housing units.
As previously mentioned, Polimoda’s 2018 fashion show will be held at the new space, with the graduation event being referred to as “Separate” collection, a reference to fashion up-cycling and sustainability. “Through the process of recycling and rethinking clothes, materials, places and even ourselves, we restore dignity and open the doors to new, possible futures for upcoming generations,” says Polimoda.
In related news, Craig Green will be the guest designer at Pitti Uomo 94.