Istituto Marangoni London, an extension of the renowned Milan-based fashion school, has recently welcomed Bianca Saunders, an esteemed British designer, as the latest mentor for its current academic year. This appointment underscores the school’s commitment to bringing industry leaders into its educational fold, offering students unparalleled guidance and insight into the world of fashion and design. Saunders, known for her eponymous line and influential role in today’s fashion industry, is set to make a significant impact on the aspiring creatives and future industry leaders at the school.
Saunders, celebrated for her innovative aesthetic and dedication to reshaping contemporary fashion, is already a key influence on the next generation of creative talents and leaders. Her role at Istituto Marangoni London, known for its comprehensive approach to education, is anticipated to offer students an enriching and inspiring journey, preparing their skills for future success in fashion, design, and art.
The school highlights that Saunders’ mentorship will transcend traditional teaching methods, promising an immersive experience for students. This aligns with Istituto Marangoni London’s commitment to engaging industry leaders and visionaries, ensuring a robust curriculum that not only broadens knowledge but also equips students to thrive in a highly competitive industry.
Previously recognized as ‘One To Watch‘ by the British Fashion Council in 2018, Saunders’ achievements include being featured in the Dazed 100 list for 2019 and 2020 and Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ in 2020. She also clinched the prestigious 32nd Andam Grand Prix Fashion Award in 2021. Her expertise and success as the Creative Director of her namesake label, launched in 2017 after graduating from the Royal College of Art with a Masters in Menswear. The success of building an independent lable today positions her as an exemplary figure for mentorship.
Saunders joins the ranks of other esteemed mentors who have graced Istituto Marangoni London, including Grace Wales Bonner and Katie Grand, and parallels the Paris school’s engagement with luminaries such as Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing.
The decision arrives at a time when private fashion schools are facing criticism for commercializing their prestigious reputations. While these institutions are open to talented students, there’s a growing perception that they prioritize those who can afford the substantial fees. For example, tuition fees for fashion-based courses can reach up to £18,300 per year, while art-based courses may cost around £10,000 annually. Design-based courses often have fees of about £16,800 per year. This pricing structure raises questions about whether these schools favor wealth over talent, a concern relevant to many top design schools from Marangoni to Central Saint Martins and Parsons in New York. Recruiting acclaimed talents like Bianca Saunders may be seen as a PR strategy for these institutions, yet it also demonstrates their commitment to staying connected with the current trends and demands of the fashion world
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