Pelizarri: There are great sources of creativity in Lebanon. (Photo courtesy of Orietta Pelizarri)
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International trend analyst and fashion expert Orietta Pelizzari traveled to Beirut to scout new talent and provide students with advice on building their portfolios and breaking into the highly competitive industry.As senior professor at the Italian design school Arts and Design Academy (NABA), sister school of famous Domus Academy in Milan, Pelizzari is also the art director of the New Designer Italian Brands design incubator for the Italian Fashion Chamber, giving her a unique familiarity with young and up-and-coming designers.Last week, Pelizzari met with design students at the Lebanese American University and gave a talk on how to build a professional portfolio, with specific advice on what fashion houses look for in applications from prospective employees.Pelizzari also provided students with tips on the physical presentation of their designs, details which can take on increased significance in the fashion world.Pelizzari was invited by education counselor Helene Abtour, who emphasized the importance of providing students with an international perspective.Pelizzari is an advocate of sustainable design and believes that fashion can follow trends like organic food, moving away harmful chemicals and production processes.Pelizzari described Beirut's aesthetic as a multisensory experience.Pelizzari hopes her work, with its emphasis on embracing cultural diversity and sustainable design, will be a positive influence on fashion students and consumers, both in Beirut and around the globe.
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