Carpe Noctem Polimoda Final Graduation Show 2022 – by Aybuke Barkcin

In February 1951, Italian entrepreneur Giovanni Battista Giorgini held Italy’s first internationally recognised fashion show at Villa Torrigiani, establishing the prestige of ‘Made in Italy’ fashion.

71 years after this historic event, on June 13th Italy’s respected fashion school Polimoda presented the graduation show of its final year students at the Torrigiani Garden, kickstarting the 102nd edition of Pitti Uomo.

With 24 collections and over 100 looks, the event celebrated the creations of the newly graduated designers coming from the departments of Fashion Design, Fashion Design Management, Master’s in Collection Design and Creative Direction. The starting point for most designers came from their personal experiences that transformed into a collective search for a new definition in fashion… one that is more internal, intimate and emotional, one that communicates strong messages, amplifies cultures and promotes innovation. The collections spoke not only of growth but also referenced the current events that continue to dominate the socio-cultural landscape, such as sustainability, international conflicts, diversity and inclusion.

Speaking on the event, Director Massimiliano Giornetti shared, “Carpe Noctem, an invitation to seize the stars before the night falls. A metaphor that encourages us to identify the pure talent of a rising star, before his success in the world of fashion. It is also an exhortation to reflect on the sociological changes related to the historical moment we are experiencing, to Gen Z’s desire to bring new values to the industry, in what can be seen as the search for a different kind of fashion. The collections include the themes most discussed by the industry and even the most touching for our students, including diversity, inclusion, sustainability and extremely personal content. A true cross-section of the individualities of the new generation of creatives.”

The designers who participated in the event were Julian Cerro (Italy), Veronika Danyliv (Ukraine), Eros Fengqin Yue (China), Hikari Morigami (Japan), Julie Daron (France), Margherita Bachis (Italy), Ana Valentina Navarro (Bolivia), Viola Ruzza (Italy), Sam Lewis (Australia), Sofia Ke (China), Federico Di Nisio (Italy), Maria Isabel Arce Blanco (Mexico), Saania Singla (India), Edoardo Terribilini (Switzerland), Leonardo Brini (Italy), Edoardo Cavrini (Italy), Ayana Horai (Japan), Deng Shiyuan (China), Ana Rita Nogueira Da Souza (Portugal), Amelia Walker (UK), Mohanad Aglan (Egypt), Ian Mcdonald (USA), Fernanda Castro (Peru) and Marija Yankovich (Serbia).


Aybuke Barkcin

Aybüke Barkçin is an art director, photographer, curator and writer that looks at fashion through the lens of political and societal dynamics. She completed her master's Creative Direction in POLIMODA, Italy and has a background in International Relations and Graphic Design. Her work can be found in her website: