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 2018
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Attendance
  • Language

Target - 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: modeling and tailoring, technical drawing, Photoshop e Illustrator.

Methodology and structure - Through a modular training, the Master deals with subjects design to align and implement the students’ 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 study path, students will also develop managerial skills: predisposition to teamwork, communication skills and collaboration with the various sectors and manufacturers of fabrics and clothing.
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 product.

The Master ends in a Final Project aimed at checking the skills acquired.

  • Teachings

    • Fashion Culture

      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.

    • Fashion Sociology and Trends

      We are in a continuous evolution but towards where are we moving, how are we doing it, and which are the tools used and will be used in the next future is known by few. By studying social phenomena and processes, it is possible to anticipate actions and analyze how they are applied in the fashion world; discover what different future scenarios changes will transform the relationship between people and products.

    • Design Methodology and Concept Development

      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 Business of Fashion

      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.

    • Grafic Lab

      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 and techniques

    • 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 workshop 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.

    • Personal Design

      The course aims to develop the creativity and technical skills of the students, together with aspects, both practical and aesthetic, which the student will need to master as a fashion designer: use of colour, 3D sense and silhouette, sensitivity to fabric and material, attitude on fashion drawing as ability to develop ideas in visual forms and illustration, presentation.

    • Culture of Textiles

      Exploring the variety of printing methods to enhance your collection. We will study and decide the best solutions and the new techniques to have prints in your projects according to fabrics and ideas. Professional contributions are included in the short course. Analysing your ideas and your intentions, we will spot the best ways to include prints in your work.

    • Laboratories

      This course gives the students the practical support for the completion of their outfits: the essential knowledge to construct both menswear and womenswear garment bases, changing shapes and volumes with new cuts through a Transformation and Recomposition Technique that will serve as a prototyping solution for project collections giving basic specific language and knowledge in pattern construction.

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
Founder and Designer for its own menswear brand since 1988. Simultaneously he collaborates with important companies as Consultant. 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. Personal website

Rachel Dobson

Rachel Dobson
Textile Designer, 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 and American big brands. Since 2003 she has been working for her own studio in innovative textile design and textile consulting.

Veronica Foschi

Veronica Foschi
She graduated from Polytechnic of Milan in Industrial Design with a Final Project about the definition of new communication languages. She has always been working in graphic illustration and photography.

Emma Holborow

Emma Holborow
Free-lance Designer specialized in knitwear from the Winchester School of Art, she works in Italy as Knitwear Specialist both menswear and womenswear. Her career began developing knitting stitches for a notorious spinning in Milan. She also provides consultancy on knitwear-related matters for companies such as PierAntonio Gaspari, Fendi, CXD, Filatura Filpucci, Prada and Studio Ferré Donna.

Luca Minora

Luca Minora
From 1998 he has been working as freelance tailor and clothier. He collaborates with privates and designers in creating tailor-made clothes and prototypes. He periodically deals with the creation and fitting of fashion shows clothes for designers and maison during Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks.

Lia Mondina

Lia Mondina
Graduated in Fahion Design at Sain Martin’s School of Art in London, she is a freelance Designer for men and women knitwear collection for Giorgio Armani, Max Mara and Verri in Milan. She also collaborates with spinning mills and textile companies in trend research and collection development on industrial machines.

Angelo Montanini

Angelo Montanini
He is an internationally renowned Illustrator who boasts amongst his collaborations important publishing houses such as Rusconi, Mondadori, Longanesi and Editrice Nord. Since the 80s, he has been dealing with illustration-related training in the fashion becoming one of the major experts of the area.

Serena Sala

Serena Sala
Sociologist and Visual Communication Consultant, 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 making trend forecast for specific areas in many different sectors.