BASIC SEWING COURSE
The course lasts 4 lessons of three hours each, total 12 hours, the day on Monday from 14.30 to 17.30 or afternoon or evening from 19 to 22
Cost € 90.00 inclusive of material and also the book.
BASIC SEWING COURSE
BASIC SEWING COURSE
Alma Gadotti was born in Trento in 1926, daughter of Alessandro and Natalia Demozzi, owners of a shoe shop. As soon as she graduated from secondary school, she found employment in the Court of Trento, as a typist. Such occupation, though, could not fulfill her ambitions. She then decided to resign and headed to Rome, where she started to frequent BELLIZZI dressmaking school. Finally she found a job that could satisfy her.
Unfortunately, only one year later, the Second World War interrupted her studies and Alma had to go back to her hometown. She and her parents then were forced to move to a safer place, far from home, Vigolo Vattaro. There, her father was able to move his small business to provide support to his family.
It was then, at the age of 17, when Alma started her first experiment with fashion: she imparted free dressmaking tuition, obtaining a great success.
As soon as the War was over, Alma returned to Rome to complete her specialization in dressmaking and, in two years time, she obtained her degree with maximum score (30/30).
From that moment her activity never stopped. She came back to Trento and immediately started a winning 13-years long cooperation with Michelin, which needed workers specialized in tailoring. During this period she was able to transmit her know-how to a quantity of people.
Meanwhile, Alma opened, together with her two sisters, Giovanna and Cornelia, her own dressmaking school in the city of Trento. Her job was overwhelmingly demanding, but she also managed to get married and give birth to two children. In the few spare moments she had, Alma was putting together all the notes of her lessons, which turned out to be valuable teaching material, and eventually were published in a book by editor S. Paolo di Alba.
Several thousands have been the students who frequented Alma's courses throughout the years. Many of them became very successful professional taylors, as well as haute-couture or wedding stylists.
In the meantime, Alma Gadotti kept on retouching her writings and notes, and published several new books, more detailed and complete.
In over 50 years of profession, Alma could see several changes in her field: from the first mechanic sewing machines and cast iron irons, to nowadays electronic sewing & cutting machines and steam irons, and finally models that are developed on the computer, no longer by hand.
Alma's creed while working stands on precision and she always sought for perfect execution of all works by her students, to the extent that she was nicknamed “Desfa” (“undo”, in English) by many of them, when she demanded them to undo and repeat the job if the result was not as precise as she intended.
Her “pupils”, as she likes to call them even today, always admired her, for the generosity (she even delivered free courses to the needy) and the availability she has shown to them.
On 2nd June 2000, she was honored of the title “Cavaliere del lavoro”.
Nowadays, Alma is no longer active as a professional, but she could be fully satisfied seeing her daughter Marilena continuing the tradition she has initiated sixty years ago.
Marilena Caliari is daughter of Alma Gadotti, the owner of the first dressmaking school in Trentino region, who after 50 years of activity was honored of the title “Cavaliere del lavoro” on 2nd june 2000.
Not to follow the path chosen by her mother, Marilena decided the best education for her would be land surveying. However, after 4 years of studies in this field, she finally realized that her destiny was to follow her mother's footsteps; hence she began working in the dressmaking school and in the atelier which would later complete the venture.
That's how the cooperation has taken off, starting with the mother conveying all her know-how, further completed with specialization courses at the major italian fashion institutes.
In 1990 a new epoch started: Marilena became the general manager of the school. Being always faithful to her mother's 50-year long tradition and methods, she brought new ideas to the teaching style, which would confer hundreds of students every year more adequate solutions to the new millennium fashion.
The transition period finally reached its climax in 1997. In occasion of the 50th anniversary of the school, a fashion show with the best realizations from the students has marked the path for the future activity: the union of the former “Gadotti dressmaking school” with a haute-couture atelier.
Finally, in 2000, the new brand “Marilena Caliari ALTA MODA” came to light as the combination of research, professionalism and of the fact that the city of Trento needed a high fashion house.
Among Marilena Caliari's achievements: a school frequented by hundreds of apprentices who learn the basics of dressmaking and modeling. At the same time, the atelier, that became the reference point for those who saw high fashion not only as a trend, but as an interpretation of stylist's personality.
Marilena's ideas and choice to create demanding dresses but at the same time not unapproachable have been recognized by Adriana Volpe, one of the most appreciated models and show women in Italy. She thus became the “face” and the “body” of Marilena's realizations, further confirming the stylist's brilliant intuitions.
Marilena's professionalism has been also recognized by her long-term role in the Board of Directors of Handcraft and Small Enterprises Association. Since 2001 she is the President of clothing section of the Association.
Recently, she also participated to Miss Italia beauty contest, which represents a strong gratification for her efforts, skills and reliability.
Moreover, throughout the years, Marilena organized several fashion events, shows as well as conferences.
In 2002, she opened a new branch of the school in Bolzano, organising also courses in German language.
In 2004, she achieved the title of “Master of Handcrafts”.
In 2005, she established a cooperation with Art Institute A. Vittoria, Trento.
In 2008, Gadotti dressmaking school proposes a new brand: “GADOTTI DI MODA E DESIGN”