Looking for Designers is a Marzotto Group’s project aiming to recruit ten young graphic and textile designers from all over Europe. The call was launched in spring 2014. Over 200 young people applied for the project, all of whom graduated from the most important fashion and textile design schools and universities in Italy and Europe: the IUAV in Venice, Polimoda and the IED in Milan, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London, Brighton University and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris.
The CVs and portfolios submitted by applicants from thirty different nationalities (114 from Italy and 86 from European and non-European countries) were selected by the Gruppo Marzotto in collaboration with Ethel Lotto, a researcher at the IUAV in Venice with which the Group established a partnership to carry out this project.
Looking for Designer provides initial internship and hands-on training to acquire the skills necessary to work in the world of fashion textiles. During the first stage of the project, the selected designers work in the printing or weaving departments and in the finishing departments, to develop the know-how needed for product industrialization. During the second stage, they are transferred to the style departments of the various Italian companies of the Group – Ratti, Marzotto, Redaelli Velluti, BMT, Tessuti di Sondrio – to acquire first-hand experience of the levels of creativity and quality offered to customers.
The aim of the project to scout young talents who pursue professional growth. The project foresees several training and research activities, the development of a collection that will be submitted to the management of Marzotto at the end of the six-month internship, visits to exhibitions, meetings and in-depth analysis of selected issues at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti by textile experts who will talk about their experiences in the field.
To advertise this project, Ratti and Marzotto screened a video named “Sketch Box” at their respective stands at Milano Unica and Premiere Vision in Paris. The video, created by Ethel Lotto and Francesco De Luca – uses images to illustrate the training of these young designers and the planning stages of their collections.