STAR/DUST—NABA’s Fashion Graduate Show

Category: Fashion Design

Liquid Mezzanine (Sofia Arango and Alice Maiolini)


Tough Talking (Laura La Marca, Elena Turchi, Camilla Locatelli, Federica Roncan, Giulia Bacco)


Palomar (Benedetta Giorcelli and Giulia Curti)


Wrapped (Elisabetta Menegon and Carlotta Colombo)


Paracelso (Ornella Sofia Raineri and Stefania Laurenziello)

STAR/DUST is the name, and overarching theme, of NABA’s final show for graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design. It’s a huge event, with over 100 students completing their studies. The show took place on 10th July, and I have finally had a good look through the lengthy list of talent on display. Over 90 outfits were exhibited, with over 20 taking to the catwalk. This year a group of students from Tsinghua University, with whom NABA has worked with for years, took part in the show.

Students collaborated on collections in response to the 2014 theme STAR/DUST in different ways—some very literal, others drawing more tenuous connections to the words. Here is a small selection of favourites that have caught my eye.

Liquid Mezzanine’s beautifully tailored pieces are just asking to hop into my wardrobe. The perfect white shirt, the classic black blazer complete with a double collar, but disrupted by ruptures at the seams in the back and around the elbows. The collection oozes confidence and, at the same time, shows it’s vulnerable side, and indeed, it is inspired by our shifting identities, understanding and tastes as we move through life.

Tough Talking has some nice pieces influenced by street-wear and street art. They manage to maintain an elegance, while utilizing sporty materials that allow for speedy, agile movements around the urban playground. Palomar is all about detail, soft felted wool and ethereal swathes of silky organza. I love the woven coat sleeves and the sheer shirt-dress that veils waterfalls of delicate thread behind a loose outer shell. Gorgeous craftsmanship! Wrapped is another collection that demonstrates impeccable attention to detail. Inspired by artist Makoto Kobayashi, it pairs beautifully structured garments in heavy fabrics with looser, more fluid pieces. The contrasts between smooth satin and wool make for a deliciously sensuous collection. Who wouldn’t love to be wrapped up in that cocoon coat?

I also enjoyed Paracelso, a playful collection inspired by the colourful strips of paper used for transmitting prayers and wishes during the Japanese Tanabata festival. The collection sports glitchy prints, colourful weaving with volumous pieces. I think the supporting identity, collateral, photoshoot and video have come together really successfully and you can see it all together here.

You can find more images of these collections, and others, on NABA’s STAR/DUST website.

Anna Tokareva

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design
Masters of Art in Fashion and Textile Design

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Milan Summer scholarship Announcement

Category: Accessory, Animation, Architecture, Design, Fashion Design, Illustration, Industrial design

So who is going to Milan this summer?
We at Frontier and the panel of judges at the schools both in Milan and San Diego were blown away by the number and quality of the portfolios entered to this competition. We decided to announce the winners for each locations separately, starting with Milan now.

The two schools in Milan NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti and Domus Academy decided to reward your enthusiasm generously. This means that next to the ‘grand prize’ winner they are give out ‘special merit scholarships’ to three more entries. Yes, this is 4 people all together with the opportunity to get to Milan this summer!!

Now, on to the winners.
The grand prize, that includes a 50% scholarship and an iPad Mini goes to Evelyn Witono Putri from Indonesia. Evelyn’s architecture and interior design portfolio showed a great variety of creative designs responding to social challenges, sustainability and making the most of small spaces. She wants to go to Milan to further her expertise with the ‘Designing the Shopping Experience’ course. Congratulations Evelyn!

The schools in Milan decided to give away three additional ’special merit’ scholarships. The winners are:

Danica Raznatovic from Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro. Her gorgeous interior design portfolio gave her access to a scholarship to the ‘Design for All’ course in Milan. Well done, Dancia, your ‘Origami Chair’ was a big hit with the Frontier team.

Catalina Albertini from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her impressive fashion design portfolio caught the attention of the judges in Milan, so she is invited to attend the ‘Advanced Jewellery Design’ course with a special merit scholarship.

Pamela Suryadjaya from Jakarta, Indonesia get’s to go for the ‘Drawing and Visual Arts’ course. The young animators uniquely cool illustration style won our hearts. Well done!

Congratulations again to Evelyn for winning the grand prize! The three special merit scholarship recipients will be contacted with details about the scholarship soon. Look out for the San Diego scholarship announcement next week.

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Domus Academy

Design and Fashion School in Milan, Italy
http://www.domusacademy.com/

Relevant Courses:

Masters in Accessories Design
Masters in Business Design
Masters in Vehicle Design and Mobility
Masters in Fashion Design
Masters in Fashion Management
Masters in Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising
Masters in Interaction Design
Masters in Interior and Living Design
Masters in Service and Experience Design
Masters in Urban Vision and Architectural Design

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Art in Painting and Visual Arts
Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts
Bachelor of Art in Theatre Design
Masters of Art in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies
Bachelor of Art in Design
Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design
Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design and Art Direction
Masters of Art in Communication Design
Masters of Art in Fashion and Textile Design
Masters of Art in Design
Masters of Art in Film and New Media
Masters in Photography and Visual Design
Masters in Landscape Design

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Céline Condorelli at Chisenhale Gallery

Category: Fine Arts, Installation

One of Céline Condorelli’s longest ongoing projects was Support Structure, a collaboration with artist-curator Gavin Wade. The project consisted of a number of propositions, collaborative actions and installations that explored both architectural and organisational manifestations of support. Condorelli’s current exhibition at the Chisenhale Gallery continues this line of inquiry, focusing on friendship as a particular type of support relationship. Friendship is a little-explored theme not only in the art world, but also in film and literature. A considerable amount of attention is given to childhood and adolescent friendships, but not to the place of friendship in the adult world.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing collaborative research project How to work together, organised by three not-for-profit London galleries: Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire. Condorelli’s installation explores friendship in the context of this question, underscoring the importance of friendship in developing working relationships. The entrance to the gallery is divided off by a shimmering sheer golden curtain that gently curves and guides the visitor into the space. This infuses the institutional space with a theatrical tone, encouraging us to become engaged in the performative potential of the site and starting a conversation about the separation between the public and private. The familiar objects on display have been given additional functions, opening up the possibilities of what they could be and how they might direct human interactions. A ladder atop a desk, giving the bored office-worker the opportunity to pop up to the window and gaze toward the outside, a pyramid-like bench that doubles as a shelf for flourishing pot-plants with the all-too-familiar fluorescent lights forming a life-force for the greenery. This an exhibition to inhabit and physically engage with.

I am really intrigued by the large series of posters installed in the corner. Layers of monochromatic images and fragments, reminiscent of architectural plans, are collaged on what looks to be sheets of perspex. Céline Condorelli comes from a background in architecture and this is evident in her fascination with the structures and implicit processes that support our daily interactions. She is currently a Professor at NABA and assists with running Eastside Projects in Birmingham.

Anna Tokareva

Photography: Andy Keate

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Arts

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Art in Painting and Visual Arts
Masters of Art in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies

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Frontier Presents: Matteo Giuseppe Pani

Category: Animation, Book, Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Student story


We are well due for a portfolio feature, and this time I am happy to showcase the dissertation project of recent NABA graduate, Matteo Giuseppe Pani. Having completed the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Art Direction, he is currently living and working in Milan.

In his final year of study, Matteo Giuseppe Pani decided to work on a brand refresh for Azucena, an Italian industrial design company. The result is a contemporary and malleable identity, which can stand proudly alongside the myriad industrial and furniture companies that exist in Italy. I am not normally a big fan of pink, but here it works really well, especially when used as an accent on crisp white. Green has been utilized as a secondary colour, it references the brand’s old identity (a nice touch!) and complements the pink with a bit more of a sophisticated tone.

The identity has been rolled out with careful consideration of a comprehensive range of applications. As well as business cards, stationary and website, Pani has created a publication, posters and concepts for an exhibition space, including a whole set of way-finding icons. Be sure to also watch the animation he has made to explain the world of Azucena and highlight the challenges and possible solutions the business faces. It’s a great piece of story-telling, full of delightful animated moments and lovely typography. And it’s set to a track by Tycho—one of my favourites!

Matteo Giuseppe Pani has a host of other great projects, which span animation, books, paper-cut illustrations and packaging. You can find some of them in his Frontier portfolio, and more on his website. Great stuff! Be sure to upload your work on Frontier and you may just be the next to be noticed!

Anna Tokareva

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts
Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design and Art Direction
Masters of Art in Communication Design
Masters in Photography and Visual Design

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Young Guns & Brands To Be Thankful For

Category: Advertising, collaboration, Creative Writing, Photography, Student story



We’ve talked before on Frontier about The Living Photograph Series, an idea for Getty Images created by two AdSchool students at Media Design School. This time however we want to glow about it a bit more. Its just been awarded a prestigious Gold Young Guns Award, one of only two such awards handed out to students worldwide.

Young Guns is all about work put out by industry professionals and students who try and push the boundaries of what advertising is and can do. Or as, YGA Chairman of judges, Nick Law eloquently put it in his concluding remarks; “Clearly, the youngest in our sprawling, ever-changing industry are capable of a diversity of thinking and craft unimaginable 10 years ago. This year’s winner proves they are also capable of the sublime”. That sublime thinking is part of an ongoing shift in advertising away from interruption ideas to useful ideas. Away from using big budgets to message how great a brand is, to designing software, experiences and ideas that are about what a brand can do for people.

So one of the main challenges now for young creatives is finding something useful for people, which is also relevant to the brand. For Nike that’s meant helping people to ‘just do it’ with Nikeplus; for Ikea, that’s meant creating sleep pods featuring Ikea beds for weary drivers on French motorways; for Stiegl Beer, free public transportation ticket on beer bottles, for Vodafone, creating clothes that charge smartphones; for Chevrolet, offering test drives to stranded motorists; and for UTEC in Peru, creating water from billboards for people who live in the arid climes of Lima.

For our students, Ellie Jones and Avani Maan, it meant taking Getty Images’ core business of selling photography and using it to create a way of funding developing countries. To get true insight into everyday life in developing nations their idea was for Getty to hand over the camera to people in developing nations. For Getty users this meant authentic photos from an insider’s perspective, for developing nations it means an ongoing profit from these photos. Developing images for developing countries; Its a simple concept, not glossy, not beautiful just real and, above all, useful.

Kate Humphries has spent 20 years working on top advertising accounts in London and is now the course leader of Media Design School’s prestigious AdSchool. The AdSchool is an awards-powerhouse operating in Auckland, New Zealand and Milan, Italy. It was named the 4th best AdSchool in the world by YoungGuns and no2 in social media accordnig to the Bees Awards in San Francisco. The school is also part of D&AD – one of the most highly regarded design and advertising industry bodies in the world.

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

Relevant Courses:

Diploma in Creative Advertising

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
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Masters in Creative Advertising - Media Design School at NABA, Milan

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