New Fashion Residency in Milan
The Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund Petr Mareš and the CEO of the Accademia di Costume e di Moda Milano Furio Francini solemnly signed on Friday, 20 January 2023 at the premises of the Accademia di Costume e di Moda Milano the Sponsor Agreement to the Fashion Residency Program in Milan.
Today´s event with the participation of the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in Italy Karla Wursterova, the Consuls General of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic and the Honorary Consul General of the Slovak Republic in Milan sealed the initiative of the Slovak V4 Presidency to create a programme for young artists and professionals from V4 countries – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic – interested in fashion and creative industry.
“I am very pleased that today we are launching a concrete cooperation project between the Visegrad region and Italy, which focuses on connecting young creative people and on creating opportunities for their further professional life.” introduced the Slovak Ambassador Karla Wursterová the ceremony. As she added, “just the opportunity to create in Milan, in this mecca of fashion, is inspiring in itself. Our young professionals will have the opportunity to soak up this atmosphere of creativity and receive valuable mentoring and lectures at the Accademia, Italy’s most prestigious educational institutions focused on Fashion and Communication.”
During the residence, four artists will take part in educational programme at the Accademia di Costume e di Moda Milano and receive guidance by the Academy on their own fashion creations and future career.
The programme will be implemented during the months of June and July and will be preceded by a call for applications published by the International Visegrad Fund on 1 March 2023 and the selection of Fashion Residents by Academia di Costume e di Moda Milano by the end of April.
“If art has many varieties, fashion art in Italy has endless manifoldness. It is our intention to dive four young artists from Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia into the intensive environment of the Milan Accademia and help them find or multiply their own sparkles of creativity. The International Visegrad Fund supports art residencies in the region of Visegrad as well as in New York for more than ten years and remains dedicated to supporting young talents from our countries, helping them meet and network with professionals, specifically Italian fashion experts in this case. I am sure it will be a mutually beneficial experience and that art from our countries will become better known also in Italy,” said Petr Mareš, Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund on this occasion.