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Federica Vacca

PhD in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication, Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, part of the Design and Cultures research section at the Design Dept. Co-founder of the Fashion in Process Research Lab, and Deputy Director of the Gianfranco Ferré Research Center that is rooted on an interdisciplinary vision capable of combining heritage with innovation and digital technology.

She is Faculty Member of the School of Design, and Scientific Coordinator of higher education course “Out of Fashion” related to Fashion Design for Sustainability and promoted by PoliDESIGN and Connecting Cultures. She was Visiting Researcher at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, NY (2008) and Visiting Researcher and Professor at Philadelphia University (currently Jefferson International), Philadelphia, PA (2016).

In 2011 she was selected for the XXII Compasso D'Oro – Young Award. She is part of the Editorial Board of 'Fashion in Process', a series published by Mandragora, Florence;  she is author and editors of international publications and consultant on didactic and research activities for Italian and foreign institutions and companies. She took part in international conferences as organizer, keynote speaker, as well as paper presenter, with papers selected though blind review process.

Her research interests concern handicraft-driven creation processes for the enhancement of local culture knowledge and design-driven innovation in “culture intensive” industries, with a specific focus on the fashion sector.
She is fashion heritage specialist, corporate archives curatorship and expert of fashion heritage management. More recently she has been focusing on the role of design in driving processes of conservation, valorization, augmented fruition and communication of archival fashion and cultural heritage through digital technology.
Moreover, she has developed in-depth knowledge on Fashion Design for Sustainability, with particular attention to the social and cultural dimension, particularly strategic for the fashion sector.

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