Fashion Business

Master - Florence

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The Master in Fashion Business is designed for professionals and graduates wishing to acquire professional skills in new technologies applied to communication of the fashion industry. Florence, with its events Pitti Uomo, Pitti Filati, Pitti Bimbo and Vintage is recognised worldwide as a center of Italian fashion industry and the complete fashion production process, from the raw material to the object of fashion on display, which integrates advanced technologies, traditional techniques and crafts in favor of products and innovative communication services. IED Florence is itself the home of experts of all the dynamics of the fashion industry, Fashion Business Manager, able to deal with fashion business management, fashion events, public relations, advertising, publishing, new media (press, web, TV).

Career opportunities:

At the end of the Master, the Fashion Business Manager can work in companies, advertising agencies and national and international press offices. Students can find a job as Brand Expert, Fashion Promoter, Fashion Marketing Expert, creative in advertising and consultant for new media.

  • Start date
    March 2017
  • Duration
    11 months
  • Attendance
  • Language

Entry requirements:

The Master in Fashion Business welcome graduates, those who have obtained a diploma in private schools at academic level in the fields of Fashion, Communication and Marketing, and young professionals with experience in the field.

Methodology and structure:

The Master in Fashion Business has as its primary objective the development of skills and occupational skills (creative and communicative) of the participants through a critical, analytical and indirect approach to the fashion system and an experimental teaching method that combines theory and practice.

The course includes the study and analysis of cultural, historical and socio-economic elements that define the world of contemporary fashion. The programme is structured to provide opportunities for students to work with Italian fashion brand on real cases, and to investigate, along with designers and professionals in the contemporary fashion system, the knowledge of the entire process of communication industry. Particular attention is given to integrated strategies that increasingly involve the use of new media and social media. The course focuses on the use of digital media and viral communication techniques.

Students examine critically the topics of design and management, and how to work in team. The theme of fashion is examined in all its forms: history, communication, marketing, semiotics, visual communication. Particular attention is given to fashion events (exhibitions, fashion shows, events in the showrooms..) and their communication through press office, focusing on the roles of all the professionals involved (PR, stylists and photographers) and their interactions .

The concepts are examined and put into practice through classes based on concrete projects and collaborations with companies. The skills acquired by the participants include the organization of events and their effective communication through a strategic approach and detailed critical analysis that can be applied to any project.

The Italian system of design is analysed from different points of view: from the visual merchandising, production processes, from business plan to the professional presentation of the product or event to the customer. The programme of visits to major local companies and meetings with managers of the fashion industry, together with the expected theoretical and practical classes, help to get in contact with the real market.

The final Project offers the opportunity to develop, with the support of tutors and teachers, students’ project idea. Based on personal interests and aspirations, the students make a project, to be presented at the international exhibition Pitti in Florence. The same project becomes useful in a practical way at the end of the course, along with other projects carried out during the year, as a portfolio for a professional career.

  • Cultural Area

    • Fashion History

      A synthesis of fashion through recent times to analyze how it is culturally percieved and promoted world wide.

    • Fashion Semiotics

      The study of signs and their identification, meaning and classification. The semiotic concepts applied to fashion as a particularly relevant field for the use of symbols in advertisement, runways, events and every type of communication.

    • Italian Fashion

      A synthesis of fashion through recent times to analyze how it is culturally perceived and promoted world wide. The study of the specifics that led to the “Made in Italy” phenomenon and how to overcome its current and future challenges. 

    • Italian Fashion System

      An overview of the main historical evolutions and processes that created the current Italian fashion system

    • Visual Communication

      An historical and critical analysis of the most important modern and contemporary artistic and fashion movements, in relation to the development of society and of culture and their application in communication strategies.

  • Characterizing Area

    • Branding

      The identification of a company’s identity, image and values as a foundation for its effective communication, success and growth. The promotion of a product or service through it’s image, logo or graphics. 


    • Fashion Communication

      The communication chain and its applications to fashion Events of all types: from launching parties to runways, from select events to product communication, company blogs and customer care. Focus on Professional Presentations: Public speaking and portfolio creation to always manage company presentations, interviews and emphasize your skills correctly.

    • Event Management

      The creation of an event for a company that reflects a practical application of a cohesive mix of the topics previously covered (brand identity, project management and communication strategies) including the necessary elements to create a successful event: from tailoring the project to selecting locations, logistics, permits, catering and invites; everything an event manager needs to know.

    • Fashion Marketing

      From the basics of marketing in both theoretical and technical terms, the module goes from theories to strategies of commercial contexts covering the marketing mix and the role of businesses management in the establishment of a fashion brand.

    • Fashion Photography

      An excursus into Fashion photography that concludes with a photo-shooting session aimed at applying the Photography and Visual Language knowledge as well as creating visual material to integrate in personal portfolios.

    • Fashion Writing And Press Office

      The study of the written word applied to fashion; types of editorials, articles, press releases, etc as well as the fundamental role of the press office as a major player of the fashion world.

    • Public Relations

      In depth analysis of the role and significance of the related professional figure. Defining the PR’s responsibilities and aptitudes and their evolving importance in a fashion event and new media context.

    • Production Processes

      Analysis of the production processes of companies (vertical, integrated, horizontal and artisianal) and the role of  strategic planning, management and innovation possible for the current technological level.

    • Visual Merchandising

      The methods, practices and operations used to promote and sustain the commercial activity, particularly at the point of sale. The variety of merchandise available for sale and the techniques for visual display in such a way that it stimulates the customers’ interest.


  • Project Area

    • Advertising Strategies

      Introduction to business communication topics: communicating, informing, promoting. Managing communication strategies.

    • Graphic Tools

      The study graphic design with programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Keynote (Power Point) to enable students to make outstanding presentations, magazines, web graphics and documents to ensure that their ideas are adopted inside the fashion industry

    • Professional Presentations

      The study of public speaking to communicate effectively to a client. Includes the presentation of concepts, elevator speeches, portfolios aimed at creating a great impression.

    • Project Management

      Managing multidisciplinary teams. Team building, the role of management with the goal of the creation of cohesive strategies for fashion companies and products. The use of new media in effective project management.

    • Trade Fairs and Show Management

      A specific study of the main fashion trade fairs and shows and their role, management and successful outcome.

    • Trend Forecasting

      The study of trends and their origins and predictions; based on cultural and economic factors, participants study the colors, materials and styles that are upcoming and relevant to the renewal of fashion.

    • Viral and Digital Strategies

      The extensive use of new media for fashion strategies applied to event promotion, fashion networks and renewal of customer base.

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Gabriele Goretti - Coordinator

Gabriele Goretti - Coordinator
Architect, designer, senior researcher in fashion design strategy and luxury goods market. Senior researcher within joint research Labs between Academia and advanced craftsmanship SMES. PhD in Industrial design, his professional profile is focusing on relationships between design strategies and advanced manufacturing processes. Moreover his research is focusing on product values communication through design-driven innovation based on technology innovation and traceability.

Margherita Abbozzo

Margherita Abbozzo
Born in Florence, Margherita Abbozzo studied Art History at the University of Florence, where she graduated, and Fine Arts in London, where she lived from 1983 to 1999. In London she studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art, part of Central Saint Martin's School of Art (B.A. 1990), and at Camberwell, M.A. 2000. Margherita writes on contemporary art, photography and science since 1984 for numerous Italian and international art and photography publications. Margherita also teaches, keeps a Visual blog for a radio station and runs art classes and workshops. Margherita’s works are in public and private collections in Italy, England and America. Her books are in the permanent collections of TATE Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Riccardo Bresciani

Riccardo Bresciani
Riccardo Bresciani is a 360° freelance consultant in communication and marketing. He's been working for years with the most important national and international research institutes, dealing with clients such as food international companies and fashion and luxury worldwide relevant brands. In particular, he's been in charge for brand strategic analysis, from market concept to development plans and competitive (re)positioning.   He also works as a company consultant on marketing and advertising techniques, and he's a strategic planner to coordinate activities for nationally relevant projects. He's in charge for a University of Bologna research project that aims to map the advertising creative trends in Italy within the years 2000-2012. He published with Claudio Marenco Mores (Calvin Klein's Italy Accessories Product Manager) two essays in two books: Gossip. Strategie di Marketing del pettegolezzo (BUP 2011) and Architetture dei territori ibridi (Pendragon 2012). Since 2008 he's been teaching Communication and Marketing at the faculty of psychology, University of Bologna. He's been teaching Fashion Marketing, Semiotics and Project Management at IED Firenze since 2011.

Claudia Gelosa

Claudia Gelosa
Claudia is specialized in Marketing and Communication, having developed her skills as the advertisement and communication director for several national and international brands in the fashion, sportswear and accessories field. Since 2003 she is actively involved in the Archea Associates Architecture Association where she became Press release and Event coordinator until 2005. Currently Claudia follows several Press release projects for Design studios, Fashion and Architecture brands.

Costanza Menchi

Costanza Menchi
Costanza Menchi was born in Florence. She graduated at University of Florence in Art history specializing in History of costume and fashion, she's always been interested in costume and fashion as disciplines that reflect culture and society of a country and as a communication tool. Her skills are interdisciplinary, from costume to visual arts, to fashion to theatre, cinema, photography and music. At the end of her study program she further specialized in Italian Studies, Culture and Communication at Middlebury College (VT). She taught Fashion Studies both in United States and in Italy, teaches at IED Florence since 2009. Costanza believes in learning by doing and works for promoting the authentical Italian art craftsmanship, she is the founder of Let’s Work Artisans! the didactic project of the Associazione OmA in Florence. For further information on her projects visit: http://www.costanzamenchi.it

Arianna Mereu

Arianna Mereu
Arianna Mereu is a coolhunter and a fashion designer. She collaborated with important companies (Sixty Group, Levi’s, Iceberg, Max Mara group) both as a womanswear designer and a coolhunter, for her ability to travel the world seeking what’s new and cool around. For this reason she spent also some time in Hong Kong, working as a coolhunter and reporter for She is currently living in Italy, working as a freelance for several brands.    

Camilla Di Biagio

Camilla Di Biagio
Camilla began her career by organizing runway shows and following fashion events and theatrical productions as a costumer at the age of 17. Camilla specializes in Event organization and shooting production, particularly of fashion exhibitions and runway shows both in Italy and abroad. Some of her past collaborations include: Studio Galgano, Redstudio, Alta Roma, Stefania d’Alessando Make-up, Sergio Valente, Philip Morris Italia, You, Mandarina Duck and Bulgari. Courses taught: Professor of Fashion Events, Visual Language and Creativity Technique, Events Organization, Styling. 

Giovanni Iozzi

Giovanni Iozzi
Born and raised in Florence, since 1988 he works as a System Administrator for communication systems in companies that deal with graphics, multimedia and interior design. In addition he expanded in research and development for the fields of strategic and operative marketing. From 1996 he teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology and lately at IED Firenze.

Giulia Rossi

Giulia Rossi
For over ten years working in the field of creative communication and communications expert. He has worked with Adnkronos, Il Resto del Carlino, Lettera43, L’Espresso. Follows as head of communications companies in the luxury hotel sector, design, exhibitions and events related to art, food and culture in general . She is the author of publications also are not strictly within the fashion, as tour guides and restaurant guides, as well as a novel and collected testimonies of entrepreneurs for the development of the area.

Spiros Stella

Spiros Stella
He was born in Florence to a family of fashion entrepreneurs. Graduated in International Political Sciences from the“ Cesare Alfieri “ Faculty in Florence. After 25 years in business as Sales and marketing executive with international experiences, he is now a business consultant and also Professor of Management and Marketing.

Michelangelo Guarise

Michelangelo Guarise
Founder of Volumio, a multimedia startup, his fields of work are Interaction Design, Web Design, Digital Marketing and Growth Hacking. He cooperates with several R&D international teams, ranging from multimedia applications to technology innovation in hi-end products. Graduated in Psychology, his main interest is Technological innovations, where he takes mainly into account human and cognitive aspects.