Fashion Design

Master - Milan

Download the brochure

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

IED Network


IED in Ukraine

IED in Kyiv and Odessa with a lecture about never-ending cinema myths in style, design, sound and color by IED Art Director Giovanni Ottonello. June the 17th and the 19th.

Read more

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.

    • Methodology of Project 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.

    • Contemporary Communication

      With an overview on Social, E-Commerce and E-mail marketing the course provides students with insight and knowledge on marketing their own business, building their brand and engaging with customers using creative online marketing strategies, digital advertising and creative content creation.

    • 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.

    • Personal Design

      The course develops creativity and technical skills of students, such as use of colour, 3D sense and silhouette, sensitivity to fabric and material, aptitude for fashion drawing. 

    • Textile Methodology

      Goal of this teaching is the knowledge of textiles and materials and of their correct use. Students learn how to make materials best represent their collections.

    • Textile Methodology

      Goal of this teaching is the knowledge of textiles and materials and of their correct use. Students learn how to make materials best represent their collections.

  • 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.

    • Contemporary

      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.

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

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.

Lia Mondina

Lia Mondina
Has a degree from Saint Martin’s School Of Art, London, Ba (Hons) Fashion Design and Textiles with Specialization in Knitwear. She has designed for Giorgio Armani and Max Mara’s knitwear collections. Lia has also developed knitwear stitches for industrial knitting 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.

Margherita Abbozzo

Margherita Abbozzo
Born in Florence, Margherita studied Art History at the University of Florence and Fine Arts at the Byam Shaw Art School in London. She writes on contemporary art, photography and science for numerous Italian and international art and photography publications. She’s also a teacher, keeps a visual blog for a radio station and runs art classes and workshops. Her works are in public and private collections in Italy, England and America and her books are in the permanent collections of TATE Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Valentina Bocciardi

Valentina Bocciardi
She collaborates with Vogue and other international publication, such as Purple and W Magazine and she works as Consultant for stylists such as Trussardi, Cavalli, Etro, and Luisa Beccaria. She collaborated with L'Uomo Vogue and took part to campaigns for several important clients, among which Bulgari, Moncler, Cerruti, Tod's, Coca-Cola, Fratelli Rossetti, and Piquadro.

Irene Cinus

Irene Cinus
She learned sartorial craftsmanship in Sardinia. Since she has moved to Milano, Irene has worked with fashion brands such as Gianfranco Ferrè and Moschino, and cutting-edge Fashion Designers, such as Carol Christian Poell. While her core activity revolves around patternmaking, tailoring and dressmaking, she is devoted to textile manipulation and artisanal experimentation, like embroidery, needlecraft and beading to create samples and collections. For the last ten years, she has also been involved in higher education.

Raffaele Nardo

Raffaele Nardo
Digital Marketing Manager. Born as Web Designer, he developed a deep know-how about the Digital Management in the luxury fashion market especially in eCommerce & Social Media. During his career, he managed several digital departments, such as Philipp Plein and Elisabetta Franchi. The main aspect of his profile is the strong capability to drive the development of digital channels efficiently by analyzing market need and by making the best choice to fulfil them. Personal website 

Luciano Parisi

Luciano Parisi
Doctor of Political Science - International Relations, Cool Hunter by nature, Designer by vocation, enthusiastic teacher and mentor at IED Moda, he is specialized in Urbanwear design and since 2012 he has been Creative Director of the brand THESIGN.

Barbara Meneghel

Barbara Meneghel
Art Critic, Curator and Producer based in Milan. She has been an editor at Flash Art magazine, for which she still writes as a Contributor. At the beginning of 2011, she worked at the e-flux editorial office in NYC, and in 2012 she collaborated with Kaleidoscope magazine as a Project Manager for Roma Contemporary Art Fair. Between 2013 and 2015, she has been a member of the international artistic collective Lucie Fontaine, for which she curated the Italian program in Milan.