Trained at Bologna Communication Sciences Department directed by Umberto Eco. Luca works with diffusion & luxury brands, research institutes & communication agencies. Professor of Semiology of Fashion & Design at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Lyon, he also teaches at the CELSA (Université de Paris IV, Sorbonne) & the Institut Français de la Mode. A regular contributor on fashion & design to Vogue Italia, Casa Vogue, Lotus International & Domus among others. Luca founded mosign (2006) with Emanuele Quinz for brand consulting and creative direction - www.mosign.fr
Troy Potter is a PhD candidate at Monash University, Australia. His research interests include representations of belonging, gender, sexuality, and disability in children’s and young adult literature.
Maria spent over 10 years in advertising and research agencies (including ACNielsen, Publicis, BBDO), where she worked mainly as Media Research Director. She completed a dissertation on visual semiotics in 2004 and after that started working as a freelance semiotician with several international companies. She enjoyed the methodology so much that in 2009 she decided to make it her main field of specialization and founded semiotic and cultural research agency LocalTalk. Maria holds Masters (Hons) degree in Sociology and PhD in Social Psychology from State University of Management, Moscow.