Eighteen young students from the Fashion Textile Design course together with 16 prestigious companies in the field of fashion and textiles, build a bridge between the academic world and the job world and discuss common themes. At the end of this three-year course, the most talented young person is awarded a merit scholarship by the companies themselves. The students, divided into small groups, are assigned to company tutors who provide them with one or more themes to work on and express themselves, a different one for each year of study. Specifically, in the first year of the course Tessitura Attilio Imperiali asked young students to develop their creativity on sustainable fabrics for wedding dresses: a very interesting challenge which saw some very unusual and innovative projects. The second year of the research involved chemical-free dyeing and finishing techniques for fabrics (i.e. dyeing with natural elements; ancient or unconventional dyeing methods using onions, tea or lavender
; purely mechanical and thermal finishing processes) and production of related samples. The third year was dedicated to writing the thesis and presenting the work done in the three-year period.
“Over the years, the relationship between Tessitura Attilio Imperiali and the Aldo Galli Academy of Fine Arts has become a real strategic alliance, with an exchange of skills and creative stimuli that I believe have enriched both partners,” says Luca Viviani, General Manager of Attilio Imperiali.” So, if on the one hand we can say that we have contributed with our commitment to enriching the school’s educational activity, on the other hand, we cannot forget how the young designers who have joined our Style Office come from the Academy itself.”

In addition to the “Career Card”, Tessitura Attilio Imperiali develops partnerships and collaborations with other institutes in the field of school-work alternation such as ComON Traineeship promoted by Confindustria. This initiative allows several international students to pursue 9-week internships in textile companies, to finalise training courses and to network and exchange ideas with the most prestigious production companies in Como. 

Furthermore, Tessitura Attilio Imperiali has claim to the last three recruitments of young people, with the inclusion in its structure of three staff members between the ages of 24 and 28.

by Brigitta Gaiani