1. YOU & IED: your Name, the IED School you attended, the Year, and the Course you graduated in.
My name is Arianna Pacchiarotti, I attended the Fashion Design course at IED Rome from 2016 to 2018.
2. YOU NOW: your job description, where you work, projects you are working on etc.
Currently, I work as a Junior Fashion Designer at La Perla in Bologna. Prior to this, I did an internship at Brioni in Rome in the role of a fashion graphic designer but I understood that the world of womenswear invoked emotions in me that I could not renounce. These emotions made me follow my dreams and work with La Perla, in Bologna, one of the world's most renowned luxury lingerie brands. At my current position, I work within images and fabric research, I follow the design process from sketching to prototyping, fittings, up to the final product presentation to the buyers. I love every single step of my work, and follow the product chain, from idea to the finished material, which always gives me a big little joy.
3. ITALIAN CREATIVITY: IED is 100% Italian and 100% creative, let us know how both these aspects led you to choose IED and how they helped or influenced your career.
IED is creativity. It has the purpose of not imposing a specific taste or thought, instead it leaves students free to find and express their own style and creativity. This approach is very important since every student gets the chance to develop their personal identity, which makes them interesting in the workplace.
4. IED LOCATIONS: all our schools are found in some of the most creative and vibrant cities around the globe. Let us know why you choose the city you went to and what role it played in your student and future life.
Rome has always been my home. It’s a ‘warm’ city, full of history, despite the fact it could seem chaotic and full of people, it’s able to infuse me with calm, and its glimpses will always amaze me like the first time. It’s full of beautiful glimpses, exhibitions and beauty. And beauty and calm are two elements that I can’t do without in my work.
5. CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES: how have the challenging times we are living affected your professional life?
The fashion world is based on our society. Collections are designed keeping in mind the historical period we’re in, and its challenges influence people’s thoughts and needs. As designers, it is important to understand who we are addressing and which is the message we want to communicate. Before starting the research for a new collection, I always try to understand how the current events are affecting our society, what people think, what they are scared of, what they might need, what would make them feel good, and what would make them smile. I ask myself many questions, and I try to answer them, so that fashion doesn’t just translate into a beautiful dress, but it can also send a message that could make people feel good or spark an inner reflection. This period has certainly marked big changes in ideologies, needs and attitudes, which we cannot fail to be aware of.
6. SUSTAINABILITY: IED is particularly involved in this argument, you may want to share with us how you or your company are facing up to today’s environmental challenges.
For a few years, and during this one in particular, we have paid more and more attention to sustainability. It’s really important to take care of our Earth, and the fashion world could contribute a lot to this mission. We’re trying to use more sustainable materials, and we’re constantly looking to increase the percentage of sustainability. This is not an easy path, but we’re trying to reach our goal as soon as possible.
7. ADVICE: your recommendations to future graduates for a bright and creative future in your field.
You will need to put in a lot of effort, a lot of sleepless nights and a lot of dedication to achieve great results. I might be biased, but I honestly think that a Fashion Designer job is among the most wonderful ones, and I feel really lucky to be able to call it my job. But I also know it’s not only about luck: this career requires a lot of commitment, there’s always something new to learn and you never have to be presumptuous. You have to be competitive not with your colleagues, but rather with yourselves. Try to give more, learn more, and remember that in this job you work together, in a team. The best ideas come from the work of the whole team.
8. What was the activity (except for the thesis) that you found most valuable to your personal growth? Also, can you tell us about your Thesis Project?
All the courses done during my three years at IED have been essential for me to perform at the best in my profession. When I started my first job I was scared of not being able to do all the tasks they would have assigned me, but I soon discovered that everything that was asked of me was nothing more than what I studied at university. But what really made me grow personally were the many extracurricular experiences that IED allowed me to have.
IED Factory, for example, got me in contact with students from other courses beyond Fashion Design, allowing me to discover other points of view, other ways of working, of creating and thinking, opening my mind to wider horizons. Participating at the RMI contest and the possibility to make it to the catwalk in Beijing, just a year after my thesis project, allowed me to enrich my personal experiences, and everything that widens your vision is fundamental for your personal growth.
My thesis project consisted in the creation of a lingerie and luxury loungewear collection inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald, by his steadfast and determined personality, which was subversive for her times, and at the same time romantic and dreamy. The last year of my study course was dedicated to designing the collection and stitching eight of the thesis outfits. In this project I expressed myself without limits, developing every design phase as in the real workplace. On my website it’s possible to see a small part of the work I did: https://ariannapacchiarotti.wixsite.com/portfolio/lingerie-graduate-collection .
It’s a really beautiful memory and I’ll always bring with me. It required a lot of effort but I would do it again another thousand times. Thank you IED.
9. MORE ABOUT YOU: let us have links to web pages where students can discover more about you and your work.
Portfolio website: https://ariannapacchiarotti.wixsite.com/portfolio
Instagram, ‘fashion design’ in the highlights: https://www.instagram.com/a.riri__