Accademia di Costume & Moda was founded in 1964 by haute couture designer, costume designer, writer and journalist Rosana Pistolese, and has represented the best in education ever since. Today, it is a cultural beacon for the promotion of Made in Italy. We talked about it with Deputy Chairman Lupo Lanzara, who told us how the school now actively partners with players in the industry, churning out some of the most important talents on international catwalks. Indeed, the school’s graduates include Frida Giannini, Academy award winner Manlio Rocchetti, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele and dozens of other professionals who went on to become costume designers, entrepreneurs, head designers or line managers at the most important Italian and international fashion houses. In a few days, during Rome’s High Fashion Week, fifteen “2018 Talents” from the school’s first-level undergraduate Academic Diploma in Costume and Fashion will show their capsule collections on the catwalk. Two winners will be selected for the Fashion and the Accessories categories, and the “Pitti Tutorship Reward” will be awarded. Wanting to know more about this historical and prestigious Academy, we talked to its Deputy Chairman, Lupo Lanzara.