Polestar x Aalto Fashion Talks

What are the demands that sustainability, or "zero thinking", places on designers and companies? What kind of skills are needed – now and in the future? What is design tomorrow?
Design Anni Salonen Photo: Sofia Okkonen

Welcome to join us at Polestar Helsinki for panel discussion on theme think zero. The event is part of Aalto Fashion and Polestar collaboration. 


Sofia Ilmonen

Sofia Ilmonen is an Aalto Alumnus, and holds MA in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design at Aalto University. Ilmonen works as a fashion designer and is the founder of the eponymous label Sofia Ilmonen. The label focuses on modular transformable collections. Her garments are constructed following the same unique structure offering endless possibilities to transform and modify the pieces. Ilmonen won the sustainability award at the prestigious 36th Festival de Hyeres and the modular looks have been featured worldwide, gaining acclaim for the innovative design and eco-conscious approach.

Boram Yoo

Boram Yoo first obtained her MA in Transportation design in Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Sweden. She started her career at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany, as an automotive exterior designer. After that she worked as a senior exterior designer for another Changan Automotive in Torino, Italy. To broaden her knowledge and capacity in design, Yoo pursued another MA in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design at Aalto University. She was the recipient of the grand prize of Alpha 2020 at the Copenhagen Fashion Week. Boram Yoo currently works at GAC, in their brand new satellite, Advanced Design Studio in Milan, Italy, where her tasks encompass exterior and interior design as well as color, materials and finish design of which she is in charge of.

Kati Ihamäki

Kati Ihamäki is the Vice President of Sustainability and Public Affairs at Fiskars Group. She leads the premium lifestyle brands in gardening, cooking and creating categories around the world. Ihamäki has previously worked as Vice President of Corporate Responsibility of OP Financial Group and as the Director of Corporate Sustainability at Finnair. Kati Ihamäki also serves as the board member in St1 Nordic, Meriaura Group, the Responsibility Board of Finland Chamber of Commerce and the Board of The Association for Finnish Work.


Annamari Vänskä

Annamari Vänskä, PhD., works as Senior University Lecturer of Design Cultures at Aalto University. Her research focuses on mediatization, digitalization and datafication of culture, fashion and creative work, visual culture studies and gender studies. Vänskä has extensive experience in leading high-calibre research projects. She currently leads the research project investigating digitalization of creative work (Strategic Research Council at the Research Council of Finland, 2019–2015). She is also an experienced leader of curatorial projects nationally and internationally. Her latest project was the internationally acclaimed exhibition Intimacy on contemporary Finnish fashion and wearable technology at Helsinki Designmuseum (2021–2022).

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