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In 2023, our CEO, Leda Di Marti, engaged in various educational activities aimed at shaping the next generation of creative talents in the fashion industry. Leda Di Marti assumed the role of a judge at the Sustainable Fashion Exhibition hosted by Amity University Dubai on December 6th. Alongside industry experts Matteo BoffaEmma Barber, and Renu Manjunath, Leda Di Marti meticulously evaluated the avant-garde designs presented by the university’s talented students. Dr. Richa Gupta, the director of the fashion program at the University, oversaw the organization and coordination of the judging process.

The importance of these internal competitions within educational institutions cannot be overstated, as they play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the students.

Are Internal Fashion School Competitions Still Relevant?

Leda Di Marti, maelle ceo, judges for the competition.

The event comprised two key segments: a visit to individual booths where students, divided into groups from the fashion design course, crafted jewelry based on themes close to their hearts. The theme was not only expressed in the product but also in the setup of their dedicated space, featuring designs illustrating the product’s development, research, and mood boards. Creatives presented their ideas to the judges, narrating the project’s evolution. Judges were tasked with selecting the best booth and justifying their choices.

runway - students project at amity university.

In 2023, our CEO, Leda Di Marti, engaged in various educational activities aimed at shaping the next generation of creative talents in the fashion industry. Leda Di Marti assumed the role of a judge at the Sustainable Fashion Exhibition hosted by Amity University Dubai on December 6th. Alongside industry experts Matteo BoffaEmma Barber, and Renu Manjunath, Leda Di Marti meticulously evaluated the avant-garde designs presented by the university’s talented students. Dr. Richa Gupta, the director of the fashion program at the University, oversaw the organization and coordination of the judging process.

The importance of these internal competitions within educational institutions cannot be overstated, as they play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the students.

Are Internal Fashion School Competitions Still Relevant?

Leda Di Marti, maelle ceo, judges for the competition.

The event comprised two key segments: a visit to individual booths where students, divided into groups from the fashion design course, crafted jewelry based on themes close to their hearts. The theme was not only expressed in the product but also in the setup of their dedicated space, featuring designs illustrating the product’s development, research, and mood boards. Creatives presented their ideas to the judges, narrating the project’s evolution. Judges were tasked with selecting the best booth and justifying their choices.

runway - students project at amity university.

"University challenges are the best way to explore collaboration and innovation, among peers, in front of insiders." - Leda Di Marti

"University challenges are the best way to explore collaboration and innovation, among peers, in front of insiders." -
Leda Di Marti

leda di marti visiting one of the students booths, at amity university, sustainability challenge.

The second segment involved an in-school fashion show, where various groups of fashion designers created garments using only fabric scraps and remnants from previous projects, embodying true recycling. Judges evaluated the concept and conception behind these creations, with a positive note on the collaboration and unity facilitated by other university courses providing models. The execution of the garments and their conceptualization were the basis for the students’ victory, as captured in the photos.

one of the student booths at amity university, 2023.

one of the students' look, competing for the sustainability challenge.

A significant commendation is due to Amity University because, eleven years ago, when our CEO Leda Di Marti found herself in the shoes of these students, sustainability was not a primary focus in the fashion industry; excess and opulence dominated the stage.

This demonstrates how internal challenges within universities stimulate creativity, collaboration, judgment, and self-analysis.

The second segment involved an in-school fashion show, where various groups of fashion designers created garments using only fabric scraps and remnants from previous projects, embodying true recycling. Judges evaluated the concept and conception behind these creations, with a positive note on the collaboration and unity facilitated by other university courses providing models. The execution of the garments and their conceptualization were the basis for the students’ victory, as captured in the photos.

one of the student booths at amity university, 2023.

A significant commendation is due to Amity University because, eleven years ago, when our CEO Leda Di Marti found herself in the shoes of these students, sustainability was not a primary focus in the fashion industry; excess and opulence dominated the stage.

This demonstrates how internal challenges within universities stimulate creativity, collaboration, judgment, and self-analysis.

one of the students' look, competing for the sustainability challenge.

Leda Di Marti’s journey, initiated amid the vibrant fashion scene of New York City, exemplifies that success in the industry is not about conformity but about challenging established norms. Internal competitions serve as a playground, enabling students to explore unconventional ideas and push the boundaries of creativity.

At their core, these competitions foster an environment where students are encouraged to infuse their designs with innovative elements like sustainability—a cornerstone of the contemporary fashion landscape. As the industry shifts towards ethical practices and environmental consciousness, instilling these values in the next generation becomes imperative.

leda di marti and matteo boffa, judges listening to one of the students group's presentation, by their booth.

Beyond being a creative playground, internal competitions bridge the gap between academia and industry, providing students with invaluable insights from seasoned professionals, such as the Maelle company. Judges like Leda Di Marti, Matteo Boffa, Emma Barber, and Renu Manjunath ensure that the evaluation process transcends academia, offering a real-world assessment aligned with industry standards.

all the winner teams at amity sustainability challenge, 2023

When students are eager to understand unfamiliar dynamics, such as those in the chosen segment of the workforce, these competitions significantly contribute to the development of well-rounded and forward-thinking professionals.

one of the student booth, at amity university.

Leda Di Marti’s journey, initiated amid the vibrant fashion scene of New York City, exemplifies that success in the industry is not about conformity but about challenging established norms. Internal competitions serve as a playground, enabling students to explore unconventional ideas and push the boundaries of creativity.

At their core, these competitions foster an environment where students are encouraged to infuse their designs with innovative elements like sustainability—a cornerstone of the contemporary fashion landscape. As the industry shifts towards ethical practices and environmental consciousness, instilling these values in the next generation becomes imperative.

leda di marti and matteo boffa, judges listening to one of the students group's presentation, by their booth.

Beyond being a creative playground, internal competitions bridge the gap between academia and industry, providing students with invaluable insights from seasoned professionals, such as the Maelle company. Judges like Leda Di Marti, Matteo Boffa, Emma Barber, and Renu Manjunath ensure that the evaluation process transcends academia, offering a real-world assessment aligned with industry standards.

all the winner teams at amity sustainability challenge, 2023

When students are eager to understand unfamiliar dynamics, such as those in the chosen segment of the workforce, these competitions significantly contribute to the development of well-rounded and forward-thinking professionals.

one of the student booth, at amity university.

one of the winner teams at amity sustainability challenge - dubai, 6th december 2023.

one of the winner teams at amity sustainability challenge - dubai, 6th december 2023.

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