Paola studied in RMIT University, completing a Masters in Fashion in 2011. While studying her Masters, she was also a guest lecturer in Monash University from 2007 to 2010. In 2003, she began work as an Assistant Curator of the International Fashion and Textiles collection at the NGV, proceeding to become Curator in 2014. Regarding her work, Paola has noted that acquiring collections is often a competitive field: Sometimes we’re even competing with design houses themselves, who are buying back their own archives.”
Founded in 1861, the NGV is Australia’s oldest art gallery.