Polimoda – Florence, Itay

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Ciao Bella!! Come stai?

Want to study at Polimoda?? VA BENE!



Yes, it is true…The Mimi Amore is a proud alumni of Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing.  FMM 2009!

I completed my BA in Fashion Design from Cal State Los Angeles in 2008.  Right after graduation, I decided to pursue my masters degree in Fashion Merchandising.  I really didn’t enjoy sewing or making patterns so I wanted to get my masters in Fashion Merchandising so I can have a career in fashion business. Then I thought, “Wait, I should study my masters in EUROPE!”  Of course!! 


So I started researching for schools in cities like Paris, Milan, London and then I found Polimoda in Florence, Italy.  I liked the fact that Polimoda was affiliated with FIT in New York.  As an American, this has been a huge advantage and benefit for me.  When I tell people I studied my Masters at Polimoda, they have no idea what kind of school it is.  Then I add that it is the sister school to FIT in New York and everyone seems to “get it” and they’ll perceive Polimoda as a prestigious fashion institute.  


I joined the FASHION MERCHANDISING & MANAGEMENT (FMM) Masters Program at Polimoda in the summer of 2009.  I can’t even tell you how excited I was to be attending this school!  I went on my “Eurotrip” in Summer 2006 and was fortunate enough to visit Florence and I totally fell in love with the city!  Firenze was absolutely amazing so to be living there was definitely a dream come true!!

The application process for Polimoda was super easy. Just go online to their website (http://www.polimoda.com/) and click on the HOW TO APPLY link….or just click here.  After you apply online, you should get an application package from Polimoda.  You have to answer an entrance exam question and then finish with a phone interview with the program director.  Mind you, I got my phone call at 3am in Los Angeles (that’s 12pm noon in Florence) so just be ready and prepared!  Honestly, the application process wasn’t hard at all but getting a Student Visa for Italy was a totally different story!
Thanks for reading my Polimoda review…hope it helps!!   

XOXO
Mimi
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11 thoughts on “Polimoda – Florence, Itay

  1. Hi , was the entrance exam difficult? Did you like Polimoda as school and professors? Are the exams very difficult to pass? Im from Croatia , 20 years old , and going to Italy to study fashion and i started researching schools and reviews and found your blog ! Its very helpful so thank you very much Mimi!

    • Ciao Adriana!

      Thank you for reading my blog!

      I’ll try my best to answer your questions…

      No, the entrance exam was not difficult at all. Basic fashion academic test…kind of easy if you’ve already taken a few fashion courses. I also had to watch a video of a Levi’s ad and write an essay about it. Then finally, I had my phone interview with the course director, Professor Benjamin Malhotra. Over all, the entrance exam is not too hard but very thorough so try your best!

      Yes, I really liked the school and the professors. The professors were great, I personally liked all of them to be honest. I’m not sure who’s teaching at Polimoda currently but you’ll definitely appreciate the new campus! I visited Polimoda back in 2013 and I was pretty impressed with the expansion of the school, everything looked really clean and nice!

      The exams are not too hard to pass but you have them consistently. There will be back to back exams but its because you’ll have like 6 different classes. The classes go by quickly so you have constant exams and projects to complete every week. You can complete your masters in less than a year, though!

      I’m from Orange County, California. I studied at Polimoda back in 2009. Good luck researching schools in Italy! Honestly, I picked Polimoda because of Florence…that city is amazing! The food, nightlife, culture…it’s totally worth it!

      Let me know if you decide to go to Polimoda! Ciao bella!!

      XOXO @themimiamore

      • Thank you Mimi so so so much !!!! I really appreciate it ! Yes Im going in Florence in September to attend Polimoda , undergraduate program of 4 years . I am also interior designer , and fashion has always been my dream so i decided to follow my intuition ! Ciao bella e ti ringrazio tanto !!!

    • So, I just found your blog and cannot believe how much I have in common with your journey. I’m currently applying for a Polimoda’s Master in Fashion Merchandise & Buying and I too went on my college Euro Trip in 2015, and totally fell in love with Florence! So when the time came to choose my path, I knew I wanted to study abroad and was super excited to find this school in Florence.

      On the other hand, I’m from Puerto Rico and have a degree in Business Administration. I have not taken any fashion classes, which scares me a little since I take the entrance exam in 4 DAYS!! I have no idea how should I prepare myself. If you have any pointers, I will totally appreciate it!

      PS: LOVE your blog!

      • Ciao Claudia!
        Thanks for reading my blog 😍 I’m happy to hear you are applying to Polimoda! Don’t stress too much about the entrance exam, it’s really not that difficult 😊 I’m sure you will pass and get accepted 👍 GOOD LUCK!

        XOXO Mimi

  2. Dear mimi

    your article is very helpful, thank you

    can you please tell what kind of questions do they ask in the interview? is it academical or more behavioral (like a job interview)?

    I am looking forward to hear from you

    many thanks

  3. Dear Mimi

    your article is very helpful, thank you

    Can you please tell me what kind of questions do they ask in the phone interview? more academic or behavioral ?

    your reply is much appreciated

    many thanks

    • Hi Cyb

      Thanks for reading my post 🙂 I’m glad it was helpful!

      Please read this blog post I wrote on my other blog ~ it should answer most of your questions. (http://www.themimiamore.blogspot.com/2012/07/ive-been-recently-getting-lot-of.html)

      But to answer your question about the interview…don’t sweat it! It’s really not that hard. It’s just a phone conversation with a few academic questions and not really like an interview. Trust me, Polimoda needs students like you and me to attend 🙂 WE make the school what it is. Don’t forget that because the “Italian” way may be a little frustrating…but you’ll get the hang of it!

      Good luck! Ciao xoxo

    • Ciao Cyb,

      Here’s another comment from another reader and my reply to her 🙂 hope it helps!

      Ciao Adriana!
      Thank you for reading my blog!
      I’ll try my best to answer your questions…

      No, the entrance exam was not difficult at all. Basic fashion academic test…kind of easy if you’ve already taken a few fashion courses. I also had to watch a video of a Levi’s ad and write an essay about it. Then finally, I had my phone interview with the course director, Professor Benjamin Malhotra. Over all, the entrance exam is not too hard but very thorough so try your best!

      Yes, I really liked the school and the professors. The professors were great, I personally liked all of them to be honest. I’m not sure who’s teaching at Polimoda currently but you’ll definitely appreciate the new campus! I visited Polimoda back in 2013 and I was pretty impressed with the expansion of the school, everything looked really clean and nice!

      The exams are not too hard to pass but you have them consistently. There will be back to back exams but its because you’ll have like 6 different classes. The classes go by quickly so you have constant exams and projects to complete every week. You can complete your masters in less than a year, though!

      I’m from Orange County, California. I studied at Polimoda back in 2009. Good luck researching schools in Italy! Honestly, I picked Polimoda because of Florence…that city is amazing! The food, nightlife, culture…it’s totally worth it!

      Let me know if you decide to go to Polimoda! Ciao bella!!

      XOXO @themimiamore

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