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The Embassy of Italy already for the 4th time participated to the “RIGA FASHION WEEK” (  organized by the
“Baltic Fashion Federation”. The “AUTUMN EDITION 2017” took place from October 24-28 and saw a rich Italian presence:

– the famous Italian designer LIBORIO CAPIZZI with his brand “DI LIBORIO” ( already for the second time participated in RFW demonstrating his women’s/men’s collection (show and interview by L’Officiel Latvia:;

– the prestigious fashion and design school in Milan “ISTITUTO MARANGONI” gave a prize – a scholarship for a three-week course
(worth 4.100 euros) – to one of the Latvian designers participating to this edition – “PAADE MODE”;

– the professor of “ISTITUTO MARANGONI” – Mr. DAVIDE PETRAROLI – gave an open lecture in English on Italian fashion and design at the “Latvian Academy of Art”;

– other important Italian companies – “FERRERO” (official sweet of the RFW Autumn Edition), “PELLINI” (official coffee),
“BOCELLI FAMILY WINES” (official drink), “TI SENTO” (official jewellery) – along with the Embassy participated as partners of the event and were present with their stands at the main venue of the fashion shows;

– photo reportage of the events:


Born in Ribera (Sicily), Liborio grew up in Tuscany, where he studied scenography and costumes at the Academy of Fine Arts. He has been the strictest collaborator of Gianfranco Ferré for sixteen years, managing the brand’s prêt-à-porter for women while evolving his couturier sensitivity. After that, he travelled all over the world, gathering the most disparate skills – ranging from art to scenography to costume-making – until he settled in Milan, in a loft near Porta Nuova which is his home, atelier, “refugium pensatorum”, source
of inspiration and “cabinet de curiosités”.

More information on the lecture and on the professor of ISTITUTO MARANGONI Mr. DAVIDE PETRAROLI

Abstract of the LECTURE: “ACTION BRANDS” (critical approach). It’s a journey among the new fashion phenomena raising from the several fashion designers’ approach to creativity.

”Gucci fights against fashion”: how a historical brand overwhelms everybody dragging them towards a vintage future. Deconstruction and reuse phenomena, such as Demna Gvasalia, highlighting how Millennials survive to this new era.

Professor DAVIDE PETRAROLI: born in Taranto, Italy, in 1979. When he was 19 years old, he moved to Milan where he attended
the four-year course of “Fashion Design” at “Istituto Marangoni”. After graduation, he worked at “Bilancioni” and “Kookai” as Junior Designer. Since 2006, he has been working with many different “Made in Italy” brands, such as “Giorgio Armani”, “Giorgio Armani Prive’”, “Jil Sander” and “Fontana Couture Milano”; this experience has given him the chance to work on all the phases of collection development: from design to production and distribution.

Being Davide a painter too, in January 2012, he was invited to join some painting exhibitions in Belgium and Italy.

Since 2011, he has been working as lecturer in many important international schools, teaching “Fashion Shows Analysis”, “Story of
Contemporary Fashion Collection”, “Research and Design”, “Photoshop and Fashion Drawing”, and “Accessories Collection”.

Davide also runs several accessory workshops with Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese students and he has also conducted a workshop in the well-known “Mosshoes” trade show in Russia.

Since 2014, he is Head Fashion Designer for the brand “Lucio Costa” for which he also illustrated the book “So Lucio!”. Since January 2015, he is a lecturer at “Istituto Marangoni” in Milan and a visiting lecturer at “Marangoni School of Fashion and Art” in Florence. In 2017, Davide was appointed as “Fashion Design” Programme’s Leader for the one-year intensive course in “Fashion” and the course in “Fashion Accessories”.