Fashion Design - Academic Year - Fall intake

One year courses - Milan

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The Fashion Design - Academic Year program enables students to experiment and master the basic tools of design.

Theoretical lessons are enhanced by creative workshops, visits to firms, trade fairs and industrial events and seminars with industry professionals as well as portfolio building and project work. The program highlights “Made in Italy” innovation, tradition and systems.

  • Start date
    September 2017
  • Duration
    30 weeks
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    English

Schedule:  Lessons run from Monday to Friday, full-time. 

Target:  This course is intended for motivated students interested in learning the fundamentals of fashion design and are interested in pursuing further study or a career in the multi-faceted fashion industry. There are no pre-requisites for these semester courses.

Methodology and structure: 

The Program is made up by the Fall and Spring semester as follows:

The Fall Semester in Fashion Design – Research and Creativity begins with the introduction to issues related to the use of color and the basics of visual representations. This includes a review of basic male / female anatomical design, fashion drawing and the introduction of computer-based design applications. The subjects of art and fashion history are covered as well to allow students to draw parallels and contrasts between art, fashion, popular culture and trends.

The Spring Semester in Fashion Design – Collection Building focuses on the acquisition and development of design, knitting and tailoring techniques as well as an in-depth study of textiles in order to complete a “creative” collection project in menswear, womenswear and knitwear. 
The program is divided between practical courses covering technique and form such as drawing, knitwear, tailoring, materials and patternmaking and individual modules for the specific collection projects.

The program is divided between practical courses covering technique and form such as drawing, knitwear, tailoring, materials and patternmaking and individual modules for the specific collection projects.

The IED approach offers students the unique opportinuty to work directly with industry professional as part of their academic experience and professionals development thanks to long-standing relationships with Italian fashion and design industry leaders.

  • Fall Semester

    • Introduction to Color

      Discussion of the key issues linked to the use of color; appraisal of color management methods, considered as a project tool; the chromatic system; color physics and chromatic harmony; the perception and the social use of color; color matching techniques; the reading of loesche psychological test; demonstrations and practical exercises on color matching and color board development. Computer Design Applications (Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign) Mastery of Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign in order to complete projects. Introduction to the software tools used for the design and the communication of a collection, developing various techniques applied to fashion designing.

    • Fashion Drawing

      Gaining knowledge and mastery on the realization of correct proportions for fashion drawing. The program contains an explanation and realization of a basic female/male drawing, with a particular attention on anatomy proportions. Consequently, students will analyze basic images expressly studied for fashion fabrics rendering. Human proportions explanation, dynamic body movement; explanation and demonstration of the chance to make a figure drawing look like a walking top model on “defilé”(frontal vision); movement evolution. The development of a walking “dummy” by creative solution (tracing figure and different proposals for legs positions); chromatic representation techniques; light and shadow; introduction to the correct use of markers, color pencils and other tools for fashion rendering; study and development of graphic-chromatic techniques, draping and patterns of main fabrics and fashion materials; studies targeted to the human figure and consequent graphic rendering, illustration and rendering techniques.

    • History of Art and Art in Fashion

      An historical and critical analysis of modern and contemporary artistic movements including artists of the 19th and 20th century. Impressionism, post impressionism, art nouveau, expressionism, cubism, surrealism will all be covered. History of fashion and accessories The fashion world and its evolution from the second part of the 19th century till today; introduction to the most significant rudiments of history of costume from the Italian renaissance to Napoleon; the relationships between political and social changes and costume development; the fundamental role of fashion and accessories designers in these changes, the ability to translate all with their own abilities and understanding of fashion.

    • Dressing and Self-decorating Communication

      How “dressing” is a means of individual, social and cultural communication. Clothing and accessories are filters and junctions for the articulation of the dynamic dialogues amongst me, myself, my body, the others, my culture, and my expectations. Analysis will focus on the different communication levels mediated by clothes; communicating myself: work on the different communication levels mediated by clothes; cultural background; keywords and mood boards. Project work will consist of producing a fashion/jewelry/accessories collection and book project.

    • Design Methodology

      Introduces contemporary trends and designers in order to gain consciousness about one’s identity and positioning vis-a-vis fashion. This serves as foundation for the following course components and projects: research, detection and analysis of a concept; stylistic knowledge of the sector and of trends; idea development; key elements of the moodboard; realization of a book of materials and colors; application of the individual working and presentation of a final book.

    • Trendforecasting

      The analysis and interpretation of the scenario of trends in the fashion sector will allow the student to understand social phenomena and how they reflect/ influence creative hypothesis and operative actions in the fashion business. The figure of the Trendsetter and the role of the Cool Hunter is able to anticipate them and find the most effective ways to apply them into the fashion world.

  • Spring Semester

    • Design project I: Womenswear Collection

      Introduction to the fundamentals of designing of a coordinated collection of women’s clothing. Research on trends and fabrics for the chosen theme, in order to find the right ideas and the inspiration, which will be developed afterwards. Main topics include: realization of a book, starting from the choice of the concept; the presentation of the moodboards for atmosphere; the colors and the inspiration key words and images, focusing then on single theme. The course concludes with a final presentation of a collection book consisting of: figure designs, details in the style, colors, fabric swatches with the description of the yarns, quality, supplier, art, number.

       

    • Design project II: Menswear Collection

      Introduction to the fundamentals of designing a coordinated collection of men’s clothing. Research on trends and fabrics for the chosen theme, in order to find the right ideas and the inspiration, which will be developed afterwards. Main topics include: realization of a book, starting from the choice of the concept; the presentation of the moodboards for atmosphere; colors and the inspiration key words and images, focusing then on single theme. The course will conclude with a final presentation of a collection book consisting of: figure designs, details in the style, colors, fabric swatches with the description of the yarns, quality, supplier, art, number.

    • Introduction to Knitwear and Knitwear lab

      The course will enable students to explore the various knitting techniques, to experiment with yarn and color directly on the machines in order to acquire new skills and knowledge. This course introduces the field of knitwear by focusing on the following main topics: analysis of knitwear design, research and experimentation. Emphasis on use of color, texture and the ability to create new knitwear forms.In addition students will examine various knitting techniques, experiment with yarn and color directly on the machines in order to gain processual and technical know-how.

    • Pattern Making and Tailoring Techniques

      Covers the basics pattern making and tailoring techniques. Particular emphasis will be given to the womenswear and menswear coordinated collections and their realization. Concepts of pattern cutting and sewing, with a specific glossary of terms necessary to develop the technical ability to make garment patterns and prototypes will be covered. A detailed analysis of the technical terms and design for the creation of the following patterns: skirt, trouser, bodice, corset, dress, t-shirt, sleeves, collars, pockets, buttoning and fastening, zippers and cutting placement. 

    • Personal Design and Portfolio

      Students will gain confidence and ability in drawing and examines a variety of approaches that can be used in fashion illustration. Main course topics include: research preliminary to mood-boards; technical drawing for fashion and the representation of student’s collection items; study of the main techniques experimented in illustrations; study of the more innovative and experimental illustration techniques
      (such as media, spray art, collage and performance) aiming at leading student to the development of a personal drawing language; realization of a personal portfolio.

    • Technical Drawing

      Develops new skills and mastery of flat drawing techniques necessary for garment representation, in a clear and detailed way in order to comply with market requirements and product management. Main topics covered in the course include: technical details (size, fastening, folding, buttoning); sense of the proportions in reference to the symmetries; perspective and projection; stylization of the ideal outline for
      proportions of croquis.

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.

Lucia Magarini - Course Coordinator

Lucia Magarini - Course Coordinator
Graduated in Foreign Languages in International Relations at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, she taught Chinese language for almost one year and then started to cooperate with different fashion companies. At present, she works as Course Coordinator for the IED Summer, Specialization and Academic Year programs.  

Umberto Sannino

Umberto Sannino
He started his career working in the style offices of important Maisons, such as Ballantyne and Costume National. Currently, he is Head of Design at Redemption and he collaborates as Stylist for several freelance projects. He collaborates with Moda Operandi and Ermenegildo Zegna. He is Associate Creative Director for The Greatest Magazine, Consultant for Taschen and Art Director for Noplace Magazine

Cagil Aygen

Cagil Aygen
Cagil Aygen is a Graphic Designer focused on brand identities and vector illustrations. He works with a range of businesses including start-ups, established brands, agencies, food sectors and magazines. He collaborated in different project with a couple of universal brands from different fields, such as packaging design for Illy and Motta and branding & illustration for Luxottica, Danone and Alfa-Wassermann. Moreover, he designs fonts for myfonts.com .  

Alberto Marchesini

Alberto Marchesini
Graduated in Arts and Humanities at Università degli studi di Pavia. He has worked as a licensed tour guide in Italy. He has published several essays especially focusing on the relationship between pictorial arts and cinema. He currently teaches art at IED as well as at several other schools in Milan. 

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.

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.

Frances Venneri

Frances Venneri
Born in Australia, Frances graduated in Fashion Technology and Fashion Design atTAFE Sydney. She collaborated with brands such as Canali, E.Zegna, men luxury sportswear collections, for the product development, texile and leather research. She is Co-founder of the Design-Product Studio Gallieri Venneri Associati.  menswear,womenswear,kidswear, She also worked for the Alberto Aspesi, Tucano Urbano, Mandarina Duck, Save The Duck, Roy Rogers President, Swiss Chriss Sempach menswear, womenswear, kidswear collection.  

Caterina Filice

Caterina Filice
Caterina Filice is an Italian multifaceted Designer: she has worked in diferent fields, such as set design, costume design and textile design. As a Fashion Designer she has worked on total-look womenswear collections and men's knitwear collections, for both Italian and international high-end and casual brands. Her interest is now focused on projects on fashion and sustainability: in this direction she has worked as a Design consultant for the United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO) on the pilote project “Creative Mediterranean: creativity thorugh resilence” based in Jordan, aiming to use creativity as a tool to develop the local garment industry. Under her direction 'JO! By Creative Jordan' - the first womenswear brand completely designed and Made in Jordan - has been launched on international markets for Spring Summer 2018. Since 2005 she has been also teaching in the main Italian Fashion Academies Textile Design, Fahion Design, Fashion Sketching, Technical drawing for Fashion.  

Luca Minora

Luca Minora
Graduated with a Degree in Fashion Design, he started working as tailor for men and women’s collections for Costume National and C’N’C, both in Milan and Paris. He currently works as a Freelance tailor and patternmaker and he is periodically involved in the production and fitting of fashion show garments for various fashion designers and maisons during Milan and Paris fashion weeks.

Astrid Speer

Astrid Speer
Graduated in Fashion Design from FH Bielefeld, Germany. She works internationally as a Freelance Designer in development of women’s underwear. She is a researcher of new fashion trends, new colors and product positioning on the market and owns her own studio in Milan since 1998. In 2007 she began teaching at IED Milano.