Meet Fashion & Design Lab Teachers
Fashion/Design/Business Department Teachers
Anna Maria Tartaglia
Marketing and Communications Director with proven experience gained in Luxury, Fashion Art, Retail and Lifestyle in companies such as Superga, Trussardi, Salvatore Ferragamo and Value Retail.
Strong international strategy, business organization and management, business plan and income statement, brand positioning and management, marketing and integrated communication, licensing, fashion retail and cool hunting.
Art Director, Architect and Fashion Designer.
International fashion trends and concepts expert, has offered his expertise to top world market firms and still cooperates with companies in Italy, France, Turkey, USA, Colombia, China and Brazil.
Paolo Di Nardo
Paolo Di Nardo earned his degree in Architecture at the University of Florence in 1985 with a doctorate in Architectural Design and Research in the same University. Besides his professional activities Paolo Di Nardo lives an intense teaching life at the Architectural University of Florence as a contract professor for the Archicture II LAB for the years 2006 to 2013.
Fashion designer and “trend consulting” expert for textile/apparel international companies.
Specialized in Trend Analysis and Definition, Research of Guidelines Colours and Materials is a speaker in seminars during all main textile/apparel fairs.
Bonaventura Di Bello
Long time digital communication and multimedia expert, follows and teaches all trends in technology as a freelance consultant for press and internet projects and products.
As a teacher he trains students in the final and vital skill of presenting and promoting their ideas and following products, using current and most effective communication, presentation and online marketing techniques and technologies.
Consultant in concept designs and supervision of trends forum areas in international trade fairs exhibitions in the area of Fashion Design for textile and apparel companies. Speaker in many conferences for important universities like the University of Florence (Faculty of Letter and Philosophy) – Department of Communication and Linguistic Sciences and the University of Perugia (Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Business and Economy) – Cicle of lectures for the ABIT (Brazilian Association of Textiles Industries) relating to the implications that development of sociological-cultural-economic scenarios will have on future textiles and clothing (in seven cities in Brazil).
Graphic and Web Designer living in Florence, Italy. After graduating from Shillington College in London with a Certificate in graphic design, Ludovica began her career in a communication agency where she still works. The majority of her work is centered around user interface communication based web design. Occasionaly she teaches communication and graphic design principles in workshops and individual classes to help young professionals find the right way to their ideal job.
Expert in areas related to the web, marketing, copywriting and social media marketing, with a long time experience in PPC advertising campaigns, Facebook Ads and Web Analysis.
Works has a consultant and trainer for fashion and design companies in the areas of web communication.
Martina describes herself as a “joyful journalist, communication expert and pr living in Florence and enjoying Tuscan people and lifestyle”. After various experience as a model booker and fashion event manager, she grew up in a mix of Italian and Middle European culture, discovered the city of Florence as a University student and fell in love with it instantly. Fashion, art, food and wine: these are the topics she likes to talk and write about. But she finds difficult to say what she loves more: being at a fashion show watching models in fabulous creations or enjoying, in company of a friend, an excellent glass of wine and a creative cuisine dish?
Architect, she received her Degree at Florence University in 1995. From 1996 to 2005 she worked as landscape designer in Florence and Tuscany. She approaches her work with a passion on cultural contamination between design, arts and handicraft, focusing on environmentally oriented design. Her work has varied in scale – from small gardens to 45 hectares theme parks. From 2006 to 2011 she joined Artesegno Ingegneria, an engineering company in Pistoia (Tuscany) working as designer and developping mixed use master plans and feasibility studies. Today She is working as a freelance in Florence and Tuscany. She has published several articles on FD&L Magazine on Contemporary Art and Design.
Carmia De Ninnis
Architect and Designer with a particular experience in ethic luxury goods. Expert in new technologies and innovative materials she creates concepts and products ranging from architecture to design and fashion.
Teacher in many areas, among which that of “olistic” design at Università Popolare Magna in Milan, she organizes all studies and research activities of the University headquarters in Rome.
Psychologist and psychotherapist since 1987, expert in Communication, Job Organization and Human Resources Management.
In F&DL Paolo Cardoso teaches the “stress evolution management” and “conflict management” in the company” courses.
Fashion designer and fashion sketch expert, cooperates with “lebelleforme” and with the major international style groups. In the role of teacher, she plans and supervises all hand made graphic fashion design processes, from the starting concept to the final sketch, a vital skill for students willing to make a style concept real and bringing it into the creation and production process.
Engineer , earned his degrees in 2001 and 2002 at the University of Florence, master degree in “Mechanical Advanced Design” , 2004 and master degree in Marketing and in Business Administration , 2006.
Expert of product developement and advanced design and problem solving techniques as Axiomatic Design and Triz, as well as 3D scanning, prototyping and modeling techniques.
Expert in concept design and 3D scanning, prototyping and advanced modeling techniques such as the use of generative algorithms, winner of the “Promo-Sedia Ernesto Caiazza” chair design contest in 2001 , developes design and concepts from architecture to industrial design.
Eugenia Valacchi is born in Florence in 1975; in the same city, after her degree in Architecture, attends the Specialization School in History, Analysis and Evaluation of Architectural and Environmental Goods and earns a Doctorate for Reasearch in History of Architecture. While active in Historiography Research, is involved as speaker in several international conferences about restoration and urban reclamation and brings forward her career as an Architect. She’s part of the Architecture of Stone and Material Design at the University of Ferrara, where she has the opportunity to confront herself with technologies and interior and exterior design avantgarde.
Luca Sgrilli starts his University studies in Architecture in 1999, after earning a diploma in surveying, and earns his new degree in 2005 together with two bursaries in France and Chile. In the following two years specializes in Architecture/History/Project at the University of Roma Tre and the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. In 2009 he starts a new studies cycle which earns him a Doctorate in History and Technology of Architecture and Environment in Neaples, while actively participating in several projects in Italy and abroad. He’s also author of several articles in specialized Architectural magazines and paper.
General Manager Sales and Marketing Manager for renowed companies in the area of fashion, Marco is an expert about Far East (China, India) and South America (Brazil, Colombia) markets. He teaches international marketing and commercial and cultural relations between countries.
Marco Scala is an experienced Architect and Fashion Professional since 1984, collaborating in events realization in fashion world with fashion shows, mounting exhibitions and fairs. Advisor for PITTI IMMAGINE from 1985, technical person in charge for R.I.A.F., for Florence Sample Fair and Biennale della Moda; in the latest years has participated actively as event designer and event director and supervisor in many of the most important events at renowed fashion locations in Florence, like Fortezza dal Basso, Leopolda Station, Strozzi’s Palace, Pitti’s Palace and many others, for the major firms and brands in the fashion industry.
Food & Wine Culture Department Teachers
After a five years degree in the Hotel Professional School of Pescara, Italy, Maurizio Colia earns his Foundation and Intermediate Certificate in Wine & Spirit at WSET, London in 1998, followed by a Master Sommelier Certificate in 2004 and an Advanced Master Sommelier Certificate one year later, and two years later he earns the Advanced Certificate in Wine & Spirit and enrolls in Masters of Wine Courses at WSET.
Music Department Teachers
Cesare Valentini was born in Palermo, Sicily and begin to study piano at the age of 10 and composition at the age of 14. From the age of 20 Valentini resided in Florence where also studied Law at the University. He got the Master’s Degree in Music Composition with “Summa cum Laude” in Milan Conservatory G. Verdi with M° Mario Garuti. The first public concerts of his music, when he was 26, were in little festivals and concerts in Florence. His style came from neoclassicism, step by step influenced by avant-garde music but not serial. Like other schools in the world he works with the impression of sounds, harmonics, colored atonality.
Francesca Bellofatto, soprano, was born into a family of musicians and very young started studying classical guitar and then singing with Marinella Meli.
She continued her education with Antonietta Stella and participated to master classes with Antonietta Stella at Palazzo Barberini in Rome and Sergio Segalini at the Accademia d’Arte Lirica in Osimo, attending also the Academy of Advanced Studies for opera singers of Puccini repertoire in Torre del Lago (LU).
After a degree in piano and a bachelor in History of Music, Monica Cioci specialized in composition and performed in several concerts as a solo pianist, in theatres such as: Teatro Ruggero Ruggeri di Guastalla, Teatro di Rapolano Terme, Teatro Reims, Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori, Lyceum, Salone del Buonumore di Firenze (G.A.M.O). In 2002 she formed the Duo Roberto Lupi with Keiko Shigetoh (soprano) with whom she performed contemporary repertoire music in particular (Biennale di Arte Contemporanea, Pinacoteca di Castiglion Fiorentino, Centro Vito Frazzi etc.). She was also involved in various publications and conferences related to the history of music, and presented several concerts for prestigious Florence association like Dante Alighieri, the Lyceum and Europamusica. She is currently a piano teacher at the Accademia Musicale di Firenze and also teaches at the Università dell’Età Libera, where she has held monographic courses about Chopin, Debussy and Russian music of the XIX Century.