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Jury of Selection includes two Florence University of the Arts instructors

March 14, 2014


Two instructors from Florence University of the Arts (FUA) gave fashion students an overview of the school’s programming and a look inside an Italian accessory line during a presentation today.
Gaia Polli is department coordinator for FUA's Fashion & Accessories Studies & Technology, and Sandra Nannini is also Worldwide Sales & Merchandising director of Nannini, which makes quality handbags, wallets, shoes and other leather goods. Nannini shared the company’s history with students and showed a short video showcasing the company’s Spring 2006 collection.
The visit was arranged by Lynda Baumgartner, coordinator of the Study Abroad program, who has helped several Stephens students study at FUA. 
Polli and Nannini are on campus primarily for Jury of Selection tomorrow. They will join other industry professionals to review student designs and select garments for The Collections, the annual student designer runway show.
Other jurors include:

  • Michelle Fifis '02, textile designer and founder, Pattern Observer, Portland, Ore. 
  • Carol Foley '81, designer/instructor, Fabrique Fabrics, Dallas
  • Wendy Manasse '81, designer/founder, Quenchwear, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Leon Morrison, consultant, Morrison Mercantile, Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Kristy Whitehouse, senior technical designer, Abercrombie & Fitch, New Albany, Ohio

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