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The International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) welcomes you to its 17th Annual Conference. IFFTI was founded in 1999 with a mission to develop a global network of institutions to advance education in Design, Technology and Business for fashion and its related industries through international collaboration. The purpose of IFFTI’s Annual Conferences is to promote debate, interaction, and professional development for students, educators and researchers.

The 2015 IFFTI Conference – 3 ways to get involved

1. Papers/Salon
2. Installations
3. Glossary project
As well as the traditional call for ‘papers/salon’, for the 2015 IFFTI conference we are also making a call for ‘installations’.  You may also want to take part in the ‘Glossary Project’ which is an exchange of questions and answers on important glossary terms with a view to opening up a debate on what these terms mean to you; building an new international glossary crossing countries, boundaries and cultures.


Florence, Italy. The heart of the Renaissance has once again a chance to promote creativity from the coming together of creative minds, curious minds, and new, innovative minds. I am proud to be part of this creative banquet, in which Polimoda is a Thought Leader – working towards an International Conference that will unite our unique city with different cultures, different styles and new technology. Polimoda began back in 1986 and together with the continuing support of the City of Florence and the Tuscan Region alongside many private and public institutions, encourages the very best standards in teaching and education.

Back in 1927 my father chose Florence as the base for his business, working on designs which are still recognised as visionary, as well as traditionally elegant. Today, I also very much look forward to welcoming new visionaries from all over the world to my hometown of Florence, and to join in this hub of creativity.


In 2015 we are 15 years into the 21st century. In the year 2000 the world was ready for change. We had been anticipating the year 2000 for many centuries…and when it arrived it was not really a great surprise. Life continued as before while we were hoping change would come as a messenger of hope and understanding between people, cultures and religions. None of this actually happened. Wars are still going on; the internet and our ever more streamline devises give us all the information we need to move faster, buy more, read more, improve choice, or communicate with friends, teachers and unknown bloggers. But do we have a better life?
Well, I feel we communicate better, we know more, and we are more curious, but we can also do more. The quality of life, the quality of teaching, of writing and of speech has to improve. During the 5 day conference in Florence in 2015 we will try to connect more extensively with students, faculty and education leaders. Our goal is to link all IFFTI institutes and their history to our city, Florence, Italy; to its culture, its locations and its archives. By gathering scripts, installations, garments, projections and performances, we will inject new blood into the city, thoughtful creativeness, connecting fashion, education and the city. Installations, debates and salons/papers will inspire us to find a more open structure for education.
We believe in the bridge we are going to build.

We will create an urban laboratory while also looking towards our Florentine Renaissance ‘MONSTER’ minds such as; Leonardo da Vinci, Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Brunelleschi, Arnolfo di Cambio, Bronzino and many others. Creatives who looked for new technology, for new innovation and a new way to challenge public and private institutions.

I also hope you will be inspired to join us in Florence in 2015, and make this vision a reality.

Linda Loppa
January 2014