Fashion Design

Master - Milan

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The Master course in Fashion Design aims at training “explorers” of fashion trends, creative professionals able to combine theoretical knowledge, innovative ideas, and ability to experiment, in order to design a highly identity contemporary style.

New generations of fashion designers necessitate the ability to recognize and analyze contemporary trends in order to re-interpret them as original narratives, trying to balance an unmistakable individual creativity with consistency to fashion concept expressed by the world and market. Equally important is being able to combine these elements with a solid understanding of the design and visual culture in the world of fashion.

  • Credits
  • Start date
    February 2016
  • Duration
    12 months
  • Language

Target: The master is aimed at graduates in Fashion Design or designers working in the field that feel the need to develop and/or update their knowhow using contemporary approaches in research and design. Knowledge of the techniques of Fashion Design are essential to gain access to the course (basic software fluency: Photoshop and Illustrator, drawing techniques, and tailoring...)

Methodology and structure:

Through a modular training program, the participants of the Master in Fashion Design will tackle, in particular, topics designed to align and implement incoming basic skills.

In parallel to the technological and practical type, participants will be involved in cultural studies that highlight the historical and sociological aspects necessary to the development of a fashion project.

The entire course will engage the development of managerial capacities: predisposition to teamwork, interpersonal skills and collaboration with various sectors and companies of production of textiles and clothing


The core of the Master is represented by the creation of projects dedicated to specific product areas with strong student involvement in the design and creative development. The creation areas will be contingent to participants’ personal inspiration or will follow specific requests from companies involved in the program.

Characterization of the Master is the involvement of professional Fashion Designer as mentor for the vertical projects. The workshops will follow the themes of the brief and will work as open laboratories where professors are reference design tutor involved through the way.

The entire pathway touches from concept and vision, to research, sketching, colors, materials, assessment of economic feasibility, prototypes realization, up to the presentation and the collection narration.

  • 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 updated 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




È lodato quel maestro che fa egli stesso ciò che insegna agli altri
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Allo IED insegnano professionisti che quotidianamente si confrontano con il mercato. Qui puoi leggere i loro CV.

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 Sbsonica, 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.