Fashion Design

Master - Milan

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The Master in Fashion Design forms creative practitioners, able to combine theoretical knowledge, insights and innovative capacity of experimentation to design stylish collections. The new generation of fashion designers must have the capacity to identify and analyze contemporary trends to reprocess them in the form of the original story, trying to balance individual creativity with the concept of fast fashion from the world and from the market. Equally important is knowing how to combine these elements with a solid knowledge of design and visual culture of the fashion world.

Career opportunities:

Thanks to the training acquired during the Master, participants can work as a Fashion Designer, as specialists in the creative process and the creation of collections of clothing for fashion houses in Italy and abroad. They can also work as a product manager, Fashion Merchandiser, Creative Advisors.

  • Credits
  • Start date
    January 2017
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Attendance
  • Language

Entry requirements:

The Master in Fashion Design welcomes students with an Honours Degree in Fashion Design and designers operating in the sector who feel the need to improve and/or update according to contemporary approaches of research and design. To gain access to the course it is essential to know well the techniques of Fashion Design (mastery of basic software: Photoshop and Illustrator, technical drawing, model and tailoring...).

Methodology and structure:

Through a modular training, the participants of the Master in Fashion Design learn from the beginning how to deal with materials designed to align and implement the basic skills. The course will concentrate on technological teachings workshops in parallel with cultural insights that highlight the historical and sociological aspects necessary to develop a fashion project.

Throughout the route students will develop managerial skills: predisposition to teamwork, communication skills and collaboration with the various sectors and manufacturers of fabrics and clothing.The Master focuses on the development of projects dedicated to specific product areas involving the student in the design and creative development by thematic areas, according to the personal inspiration or following specific requests from companies participating in the learning pathway.

The Master in Fashion Design involves distinguished Fashion Designers in various vertical workshops that follow the issues of the brief such as open workshops where teachers serve as mentors during the entire design process. The course deals with different issues: conception and vision, research, design sketches, colours, materials, evaluation of the economic feasibility, prototyping, presentation and story collection.

The student explores the culture of contemporary fashion by studying the ideas and the work of the icons that have influenced the more recent history of costume and those designers who are dictating the trends of taste, style and the market for the foreseeable future.

Students will examine social phenomena and processes of the international fashion world trying to figure out how the future scenarios will change in the relationship between people and products, focusing on the most sensitive and receptive areas.

The multidisciplinary approach of the Master leads the student to penetrate within the fashion business, developing a range of skills in product management and merchandising, marketing and branding, distribution and customer care.

The Master culminates in a final Project aimed at checking the skills acquired.

  • Teachings


      The course tells about contemporary fashion through ideas, thoughts and works of the icons who influenced the history of modern costume, and those “new” names who are going to write the future of fashion. Furthermore, it would be very remarkable by gained a strong sense of image, being able to create links between different contexts and sources of inspirations.


      We are in a continuous evolution but towards where are we moving, how are we doing it, and which are the tools used - or will be used in the next future - is known by few. By studying social phenomena and processes, it is possible to work it out anticipating actions and analyzing how they are applied in the fashion world; discover what different future scenarios changes will transform the relationship between people and products, focusing on the most sensitive areas capable of reaching the largest number of accession.


      The course proposes an update on contemporary methodology for an integrated development process of a creative product and leads to the adoption of results to a valid Design concept.


      The two-party of creativity and management considerations, pilot fashion Business. This course introduces a merchandise related and commercial oriented approach in a collection development process.


      The aim of the course is to make students improve a range of expertise and working methods that will enable them to work smoothly while increasing productivity.

  • Workshop

    • Women & Men

      The focus is clearly defined by the gender peculiarities that will be respected while visioning and developing an apparel that corresponds to the brief.

    • Bespoke

      Bespoke is an important contemporary theme that will be faced with a balance between design and tailoring and a contemporary research guided by an expert of handcraft tailoring methods.

    • Thematic workshop on contemporary designer brand

      The fourth workshop of our edition in 2016 will be dedicated to a contemporary necessity of a Brand Designer that submits to the student a challenging brief for the ideation, planning, creation and presentation of a Fashion collection.

  • Techniques supporting the vertical workshopsn




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.

Fabio Di Nicola

Fabio Di Nicola
Fabio Di Nicola is founder and designer for its own menswear brand since 1988. Simultaneously he deals with important companies in consulting and collaboration. He designed costumes for Wim Wenders film "Palermo shooting", Ferzan Ozpetek’s "A perfect day", Umberto Carteni’s "Diverso da chi", Stefano Salvati’s "Albakiara". In 2008 he designed Bologna F.C official uniform. He also collaborated with musical artists including Subsonica, Mauro Ermanno Giovanardi, and Solis Quartet.

Rachel Dobson

Rachel Dobson
After graduating in Fashion & Textiles at Middlesex University in London and a BA Degree in Textile Design at Heriot Watt University in Scotland, she has worked for several British companies. In 1990 she moved to Italy and started collaborating as designer for textile manufacturing companies, following textile collections for Italian big brands. Since 2003 she’s started her own independent studio for innovative textile design and textile consulting.

Veronica Foschi

Veronica Foschi
Veronica Foschi ha preso la sua laurea al Politecnico di Milano in Disegno Industriale, discutendo una tesi sulla definizione di nuovi linguaggi di comunicazione. Da allora ha lavorato nell'ambito dell' illustrazione grafica e della fotografia.

Emma Holborow

Emma Holborow
Free-lance Designer, she works in Italy as knitwear specialist both menswear and womenswear. She also provides consultancy on knitwear-related matters for various fashion such as PierAntonio Gaspari, Fendi, CXD, Filatura Filpucci, Prada and Studio Ferré Donna.

Luca Minora

Luca Minora
Diplomato in IED in Fashion Design, dal 1998 lavora come libero professionista in qualità di sarto e modellista. Collabora con privati e designers nella progettazione e esecuzione di capi su misura e prototipi. Si occupa periodicamente della realizzazione e fitting di capi sfilata per stilisti e maisons durante le settimane della moda di Parigi e Milano. Dal 2007 collabora con IED come docente di Modello e Sartoria.

Lia Mondina

Lia Mondina
Saint Martin’s School of Art, Londra, BA (hons) Fashion Design and Textiles degree con specializzazione in maglieria. Designer free-lance per le collezioni di maglieria Giorgio Armani. Designer di maglieria per Max Mara. Progettazione delle collezioni di maglieria uomo e donna Verri (Milano). Ricerca di tendenze per filature e per aziende operanti nel settore tessile e jersey e sviluppo delle collezioni. Progettazione e sviluppo di collezioni su macchine industriali.

Angelo Montanini

Angelo Montanini
Angelo Montanini is an international renowned illustrator. Amongst his collaborations important publishing houses such as Rusconi, Mondadori, Longanesi, Editrice Nord, etc. Since the 80s, he deals with illustration-related training in the fashion becoming one of the major experts of the area.

Serena Sala

Serena Sala
Sociologist and visual communication advisor, she has been working in fashion and communication for over twenty years. She is currently collaborating with one of the major international bureaux de style as a consumption trend forecaster for specific areas belonging to many different commodity sectors.