Istituto Marangoni London, the renowned international fashion and design institution, is thrilled to introduce Bianca Saunders as its newest mentor for the academic year commencing in October 2023.
This appointment signifies a significant milestone in the school’s ongoing commitment to providing students with world-class education and access to industry pioneers. Bianca Saunders, an award-winning designer and the Creative Director of the Bianca Saunders label, is set to enrich the school’s mentorship program with her innovative approach to contemporary fashion.
Bianca Saunders brings a wealth of experience and accolades to her role as a mentor at Istituto Marangoni London. In 2018, she was recognized by the British Fashion Council as ‘One To Watch,’ setting the stage for her remarkable journey in the fashion world.
Since the inception of her brand, Saunders has garnered numerous titles and awards, including features in the prestigious Dazed 100 list for both 2019 and 2020 and Forbes’ ’30 Under 30′ list in 2020. Her achievements reached new heights when she clinched The 32nd Andam Grand Prix Fashion Award in 2021, affirming her status as a trailblazing designer.
A Stellar Addition to the Mentorship Team
Bianca Saunders’ appointment as a mentor at Istituto Marangoni London is a testament to her remarkable achievements and her commitment to pushing the boundaries of contemporary fashion. Her innovative spirit and dedication to redefining menswear have earned her a place among the industry’s most respected figures.
Her label, Bianca Saunders, debuted its highly anticipated first runway show in Paris in January 2022, unveiling the Autumn Winter 2022 collection titled ‘A Stretch.’ The collection was a masterful blend of tradition and modernity, showcasing Saunders’ ability to reinvigorate menswear with a fresh perspective.
In addition to her runway success, Saunders has consistently challenged the norms of fashion through her designs. She presented her SS24 Paris Fashion Week collection ‘Scratch’ in collaboration with the century-old label Farah.
Her work cleverly addresses the tension between tradition and modernity while infusing cross-cultural allusions into her designs. Saunders, drawing inspiration from her Jamaican-British heritage, takes a multidisciplinary approach to fashion, resulting in truly unique creations.
Her innovative approach was on full display when she debuted five looks at the Met Gala inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s flair for tailoring, seamlessly merging culture with luxury design.
Innovative Design and Recognition
Bianca Saunders’ designs are a testament to her commitment to pushing the boundaries of contemporary fashion. Her label debuted its highly anticipated first runway show in Paris in January 2022, unveiling the Autumn Winter 2022 collection titled ‘A Stretch.’
In a groundbreaking collaboration with the century-old label Farah, Saunders presented her SS24 Paris Fashion Week collection ‘Scratch.’ Her designs skillfully navigate the intersection of tradition and modernity while breathing new life into menswear. Drawing inspiration from her Jamaican-British heritage, Saunders embraces a multidisciplinary approach to design, weaving cross-cultural allusions into her work.
Saunders’ creations have consistently garnered attention and acclaim, positioning her as a prominent figure in the fashion industry. Her commitment to pushing the boundaries of contemporary fashion was further underscored when she presented five looks at the Met Gala, drawing inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld’s legendary tailoring prowess. This fusion of culture and luxury design exemplifies Saunders’ ability to merge tradition with modernity seamlessly.
Bianca Saunders in the Business of Fashion’s Top 500
Bianca Saunders’ influence and impact on the fashion industry are undeniable. Her recognition extended to being featured in the Business of Fashion’s (BoF) prestigious top 500 list in both 2023 and 2020. This acknowledgement underscores her significant contributions to the ever-evolving landscape of fashion. It is a testament to her innovative approach and her dedication to pushing the boundaries of contemporary fashion.
In the fast-paced world of fashion, securing a spot in BoF’s top 500 is a remarkable achievement, signifying not only talent but also influence and relevance in the industry. Bianca Saunders’ inclusion in this esteemed list for consecutive years solidifies her position as a trailblazing designer and a force to be reckoned with.
Empowering the Next Generation
At Istituto Marangoni London, Bianca Saunders will lead the way by offering masterclasses, providing one-on-one feedback to students, and hosting guest speakers. Her commitment to pushing the boundaries of contemporary fashion and menswear will be a guiding force for the next generation of creative minds. Notable alumni from the institution include luminaries like Domenico Dolce from D&G, Alessandro Sartori, Paula Cademartori, Gilda Ambrosio, and Julie de Libran.
Under Saunders’ mentorship, students can expect a transformative learning experience that goes beyond the conventional teaching methods. Her masterclasses will delve deep into the creative and technical aspects of fashion design, offering students a unique perspective on the industry.
Additionally, Saunders will provide individualized feedback and guidance to students, aiding them in refining their designs and collections, and ensuring they are well-prepared for the competitive fashion world. To further enrich the mentorship experience, Saunders will invite industry experts as guest speakers, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the fashion landscape.
A Transformative Mentorship Programme
Istituto Marangoni London is renowned for its dedication to providing world-class education and access to industry pioneers. Under Saunders’ mentorship, students can anticipate an immersive learning experience that transcends conventional teaching methods. The mentorship programme will encompass the following invaluable and innovative opportunities:
Masterclasses: Bianca Saunders will personally lead masterclasses that delve deep into the creative and technical aspects of fashion design, offering students a unique perspective on the industry.
Feedback on Student Designs: Saunders will provide individualized feedback and guidance to students, aiding them in refining their designs and collections, and ensuring they are well-prepared for the competitive fashion world.
Industry Insights from Guest Speakers: To further enrich the mentorship experience, Saunders will invite industry experts to share their knowledge and insights, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the fashion landscape.
A Shared Vision for the Future of Fashion
Valérie Berdah-Levy, Director at Istituto Marangoni London, expressed her excitement about welcoming Bianca Saunders to the mentorship team. She emphasized that Saunders’ creative approach aligns perfectly with the school’s commitment to expanding the boundaries of traditional fashion.
Saunders’ extensive experience and fresh perspective promise to provide unique insights while inspiring and empowering students as they embark on their own journeys within the fashion industry.
Bianca Saunders herself conveyed her honour of becoming part of the esteemed group of mentors contributing to Istituto Marangoni London’s mission to nurture and shape the future of fashion. She eagerly anticipates sharing her experiences, knowledge, and passion for the industry with students, empowering them to progress as the next generation of designers.
A Legacy of Excellence
Istituto Marangoni, founded in 1935 in Milan as ‘Istituto Artistico dell’Abbigliamento Marangoni,’ boasts a rich history of over 85 years as a premier educational institution for creatives in the realms of fashion, art, and design.
With four generations of students from five continents, the institution has served as the launchpad for over 45,000 luxury professionals, including industry luminaries like Domenico Dolce, Alessandro Sartori, Paula Cademartori, Gilda Ambrosio, Julie de Libran, and Nicola Brognano.
Istituto Marangoni annually welcomes approximately 5,000 students from 108 different countries across its global campuses in fashion and design capitals such as Milan, Florence, Paris, London, Dubai, Mumbai, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Miami. The institution’s excellence is underscored by its inclusion among the top 100 universities in the world in its fields, according to the QS World University Ranking for 2023.
In conclusion, the appointment of Bianca Saunders as a mentor at Istituto Marangoni London marks an exciting chapter in the institution’s commitment to fostering the next generation of creative talent in the fashion industry. Saunders’ innovative spirit and stellar achievements are sure to inspire and empower students as they embark on their own journeys towards success in the dynamic world of fashion and design.