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SCHOLARSHIPS: LEOPOLDO POLI SCHOLARSHIP

Leopoldo Poli Scholarship

Offered in the Fall Semester

Mission:

 

Leopoldo Poli, one of Italy's most famed jewelers and creator of the company La Nouvelle Bauge in collaboration with his wife Lea Poli, was full of life and dripping with that rare creative spirit that positively infected those around him. A close friend of the institution, former tenant of the Corso Tintori space where he constructed his jewelry laboratory, a celebrated artisan whose collections were sought internationally. When he passed away in 2009, FUA dedicated one of its most evocative and alluring spaces to his name. Palazzi president and founder Gabriella Ganugi, who enjoyed the precious gift of Poli's friendship till his last days, has created a scholarship to keep alive his creative spirit and philosophy with the support of his daughter Gaia Poli.

 

Application Criteria:

 

No prerequisites, open to all levels and fields of study.

 

Motivation Essay for Application:

 

Applicants should write a maximum of 1000 words on the following question as an essay to be submitted along with the application form:

Who is an Italian designer, contemporary or past, that has sharpened your concept of accessory design? What about the spirit of this individual inspires you, also in relationship to his or her link to Italy, and how do you wish to evolve your own design philosophy during your studies in Florence?

 

Portfolio Requirements:

  • Portfolios must be in web page format online.
  • 12 - 20 examples of any fashion or accessory (depending on which scholarship the applicant is submitting the portfolio for). The works should reflect the following:
    • creativity, knowledge, sense of design, skill level
    • if the applicant has familiarity with different areas and medium, he or she should submit pieces pertaining to them. A maximum of 20 examples will be considered, please do not submit more.

 

Scholar Involvement:

 

Scholarship winners are required to dedicate at least 10 hours per week throughout the semester, activities will be monitored by a coordinator.

Leopoldo Poli Scholarship - semesterly vintage sale, TA, department assistant, junior curator at FAST fashion museum.

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