The Camera Moda Fashion Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young Italian or Italy-based fashion talents, has revealed the recipients of its 2023 grants. The winners, selected from a pool of 76 applicants, will receive financial aid, business mentoring programs, and tutoring to develop their fashion businesses. The grants were announced during a gala dinner in Milan and were chosen by a committee co-headed by Chiara Ferragni and Elia Maramotti. The trust aims to nurture the next generation of Made in Italy fashion and contribute to the growth of sustainable and innovative fashion ventures.
Winners of the 2023 Grants
Niccol Pasqualetti, Marcello Pipitone, and Setchu have been named the recipients of this year’s grants. Each brand will receive 40,000 euros in funding and access to business mentoring and tutoring programs starting from June. Niccol Pasqualetti, known for his sustainable and artisanal approach, has gained recognition for his androgynous designs and has previously been a semifinalist for the LVMH Prize. Marcello Pipitone, a finalist in the “Who Is On Next?” talent search, showcases streetwear and sportswear influenced by Milan’s suburbia. Setchu, founded by Satoshi Kuwata, merges Japanese and Western concepts, producing unisex designs with origami-like constructions.
Florania and Collaboration with Max&Co.
Florania, another brand recognized by the trust, will receive a grant of 15,000 euros pledged by Max&Co. under the “Design for Change” initiative. Flora Rabitti, the creative director of Florania, will have the opportunity to collaborate with Max&Co., a contemporary brand within the Max Mara Fashion Group, on a special project. Florania, founded in 2021, embraces a DIY, sustainable, and handmade approach using upcycled and recycled fabrics and materials.
Supporting Partners and Mentoring
Max&Co. is one of the supporting partners of the Camera Moda Fashion Trust. In addition to their financial contribution, they will provide mentoring and opportunities for the trust’s finalists. Fidenza Village, an outlet shopping center, and its parent company The Bicester Collection will also mentor the finalists and offer them a platform to sell their collections at The Creative Spot, a pop-up space set to open in 2024. The trust aims to provide ongoing support and guidance to the young talents, helping them realize their creative visions and contribute to the future of Italian fashion.
Established in 2017, the Camera Moda Fashion Trust has been instrumental in nurturing emerging talents in the fashion industry. Previous grant recipients include Act N.1, Coliac, Blaz, Vitelli, and Cormio. Through the combined efforts of private donors and contributions from Italian brands, the trust continues to foster innovation, sustainability, and growth in the realm of Made in Italy fashion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Flora Rabitti?Flora Rabitti is a creative director and designer from Mantua, Italy. She is known for her work with the Florania brand, which embraces a DIY, sustainable, and handmade approach using upcycled and recycled fabrics and materials.
What is the role of Max&Co. in the Camera Moda Fashion Trust?Max&Co. is a supporting partner of the Camera Moda Fashion Trust. They contribute to the trust’s initiatives and have pledged a grant of 15,000 euros for the brand Florania under the “Design for Change” initiative. They are also involved in mentoring and providing opportunities for the trust’s finalists.
What is Fidenza Village and its involvement with the trust?Fidenza Village is an outlet shopping center that is part of The Bicester Collection, a parent company. They are a supporting partner of the Camera Moda Fashion Trust and will be mentoring a group of finalists in developing their businesses. They will also provide a pop-up space called The Creative Spot, scheduled to open in 2024, where the finalists can sell their collections.
Who are the members of the jury panel for the trust?The jury panel includes Manuela Brini from LVMH Fashion Group, Francesco Ragazzi from Palm Angels, Carlo Capasa from Italy’s Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Stavros Karelis from Machine-A, Stefano Martinetto from Tomorrow Group, and Michelle Francine Ngonmo from the Afro Fashion Association and the Black Carpet Awards, among others.