Fashion Communication and Styling

Master Courses - Milan

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20th edition - Fashion styling is today both a great opportunity and a complex challenge. Fashion Stylists and Communicators have the privilege and the responsibility to read and interpret a brand or a product respecting its identity yet pushing the boundaries, so to design a world around it and tell the most engaging story ever. The Master in Fashion Communication and Styling trains key figures who deal with the evolution of new media and the crucial role of visual communication today. They are able to embrace more aesthetics at the same time, to read how fashion matters today for society, to destroy the rules and re-write them. 

Having a strong cultural background, students complete their training by acquiring project management skills, so as to be ready to bring value to fashion products through all the aspects of communication. They practice on three thematic projects designed to be used on digital media, creating contents such as images, videos, editorial projects and composing the outfits.  

  • Start date
    January 2022
  • Duration
    1 Year
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Target – The Master is addressed to those applicants, both Italians and foreigners, who have a good first level degree in Fashion, Communication and Marketing, as well as to young professionals with at least two years of experience in the field.

Career opportunities - Fashion Communicators are qualified to work as Communication Managers, Image Consultants, Fashion Stylists, Researches and Trend Setters, as well as PRs. In these roles, they can find occupation in press offices, public relations agencies, event organisation companies, publishing and design departments of Italian and international fashion houses.

Methodology and structure - The Master course is structured in complementary modules that lead from the acquisition of a solid method for project development to the actual
production of three shootings and the Final Project.

After acquiring hard skills concerning the essential historic, cultural and visual background and strong methodological tools, students analyse the functioning of the most important communication processes in fashion: from the press office activity, to fashion shows as moments to enhance visibility and assert the brand identity; from the publishing industry’s
dynamics, up to the web and new media. 

Modules related to the basic disciplinary fields improve students’ knowledge of those visual, cultural and methodological tools that help them during the development of their projects. Subjects related to the distinctive disciplinary fields include workshops, lectures and three main projects, consisting of thematic photo shootings. 

The programme ends with a personal project that assesses the skills acquired and brings out each student’s attitudes in terms of creativity and style. The best Final Project of the year can be published and promoted on Vogue Italia through the sponsorship of Sara Sozzani Maino, Coordinator of the course.

Facilities and Scholarships - In order to support participants in the coverage of the participation fee, IED has activated an articulated system of facilities: partial or total Scholarships on tuition fee; Early Bird are facilitations for students finalizing enrolment by given deadlines.; Financings with the possibility to pay the tuition fee by instalments thanks to agreements with mortgage companies.

  • Syllabus

    • Fashion Culture

      Objective of the course is to analyze fashion as a historic and cultural phenomenon, from the growth of the stylistic codes of the end of 20th century to the development of the so-called avant-gardes style of the 21st century. It also deals with the emerging figures and fashion weeks, the editorial and web scenario, as part of the new representation of the fashion world.

    • Methodology of Project Development

      The course explains how to manage an iconographic research in order to develop a visual project, its layout and mood boards. More specifically practise involve the use of fashion research through visual contents and images.

    • Fashion Communication

      The course uses case histories in order to develop communication skills through improving analytical and critical skills, towards the building up of a communication strategy.

    • Visual Language

      This course provides an overview of the contaminations existing among art, fashion, illustration, costume, ballet, music and literature. The main objective is empowering students to develop their ability to better understand the roots and the contemporary growth of the visual language, mainly on fashion.

    • Publishing Companies and Writing on Fashion

      The main objectives of this course are to make students know the history of fashion publishing companies from printed paper to web magazines and to understand the structure of a fashion magazine, the differences in contents, graphics and target among fashion magazines though the analysis of the main European and American publishing companies. Fashion Journalism: how to write an article on style and fashion, its characteristics and details. Part of the course will allow students to experiment practical composing.

    • Press Office and Fashion Events

      Analysis of the various working methodologies and the different roles in a press office / Actions and goals in a public relations office / Press office and fashion parades / Working projects and functions in connection with the different sectors in the fashion business: haute couture, prét-à-porter, streetwear, young fashion / Intensive, selective and exclusive distribution. Fashion Journalism: how to write an article on style and fashion, its characteristics and details. Part of the course will allow students to experiment practical composing.

    • Photo Set

      How to act on a photo set: basic photographic and lighting techniques as important tools to express and communicate during editorials and adv campaigns.

    • Styling & Shooting Still Life

      How to compose a still life photo / Which objects are more photogenic / Different styles of still-life / Working with a photographer.

    • Styling & Shooting Womenswear

      How to build a women’s fashion photo-shooting / How to find a fashion idea / How to choose the garments and prepare a female outfit / A photo-shooting practical lab.

    • Styling & Shooting Menswear

      How to build a men’s fashion photo-shooting / How to find a fashion idea / How to choose the garments and prepare a male outfit / A photo-shooting practical lab.

    • History Of Fashion Photography

      The course deals with the greatest fashion photographers and their impact on aesthetic ideals, their techniques and style of composition, influences and connections with the art world.

    • Presentation Techniques

      Video Tech / Visual Presentation.

    • Final Project

      The Final Project is developed in response to a client’s real brief and involves the student’s conceptualization skills and creativity; the objective is to look for a solution that solves tomorrow’s problems, not just today’s.

    • Vocational Guidance

      The program helps students to focus on their career objectives as well as to enhance their own self-presentation skills by giving them all the support to create their curriculum with tips about how to behave during a professional interview.

    • Presentation Techniques

      Prepare, design and delivery the presentation: what's the purpose? Who is it addressed to? By helping the students to improve their body-language, self-confidence and positive attitude, this course provides all the knowledge necessary to deliver an effective oral presentation.

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.

Giulio Martinelli - Course Coordinator

Giulio Martinelli - Course Coordinator
Fashion Designer and Managing Fashion Editor at L’Officiel Italia. He started working at Glamour magazine and moved to Vogue Italia, a few years later, where he remained and worked alongside with Franca Sozzani for over 17 years. In his career, he worked with international photographers and he dressed celebrities of the likes of Beyonce, Milla Jovovich, Georgia May Jagger, Valeria Golino and Madison Beer. Creativity is his trademark and new ideas are always important for him, together with an excellent taste and a strong obsession with fashion.  

Tommaso Basilio

Tommaso Basilio
Is a Professional Journalist since 1987. He started his career as Editor-in-Chief of Uomo Vogue, continuing a collaboration for the magazines Per Lui and Myster. He later became Image Director of Romeo Gigli, and Press office and Communication Manager for Malò. Today he writes for Class, D La Repubblica delle Donne, and Style. Additionally he is Art Director and Stylist for fashion advertisements and fashion and design events. He is an established Professor of History of Photography in IED Moda.

Francesca Ballini

Francesca Ballini
After studying Languages and Foreign Literature and the Hindi language, she directed the communication for designers such as Sergio Rossi, Piazza Sempione and Etro. Then, she founded her agency in 2004, collaborating with brands including, Missoni, Della Valle, John Varvatos, Allegri, Maliparmi and others for many years. Today she deals with ethical marketing in the fields of fashion, design, art and lifestyle and through different forms of contemporary relational art, contemplates and creates new forms of communication strategies.

Stefano Guerrini

Stefano Guerrini
He started his career writing on various fashion magazines, in particular on Donna monthly magazine, L’Uomo Vogue, MF Fashion and also on website of GQ Italia Magazine. He has then become Fashion Director of the bilingual quarterly magazine Label. In 2005 he has started collaborating as Fashion Journalist for Made 05 free-press magazine, then renamed MadeWithStyle, and from November 2010 he’s become its Fashion Editor. He also collaborates with EFF,, e and in 2010 he has founded his own blog.

Elena Muserra De Luca

Elena Muserra De Luca
She has worked in the fashion world since the beginning of her career. Started from the styling office she moved in the communication environment working for Karla Otto. In 2006 she joined the Mariella Burani Fashion Group as Press Office Manager. After 3 years she went to Pinko as Head of International PR. Currently she is Senior Partner at Connexia for the Fashion Area.

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. 

Chiara Bardelli Nonino

Chiara Bardelli Nonino
Photo Editor at Vogue Italia. She also writes and coordinates photography projects for and Instagram for Vogue Italia and has co-edited with Alessia Glaviano a number of exhibitions including The Female Gaze for Photo Vogue Festival. She is regularly contributing to editing and publishing independent exhibition projects.

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.

Silvia Casaluci

Silvia Casaluci
Recruitment expert in the field of luxury, she worked as Senior Associate at Kilpatrick and she has been Human Resources Director at Lindt & Sprungli Italy. She is currently Search Director at Stones International and International Head Hunter & HR Advisor at Luxury & Fashion.

Paolo Consaga

Paolo Consaga
After his Photography Graduation in Milano and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vancouver (Canada), he started a collaboration at Istituto Europeo di Design as Fashion Photographer in 2008 and as Professor in 2010. He has been working beside fashion photographers since 2007 for look-books and magazines. From 2008 to 2010 his work also focused on private portraits for public figures and music bands. In 2009 he was part of the communication team for the ZonaTortona event held during the Salone del Mobile in Milano. He works as accredited Photographer for ICML Conference in Lugano (Switzerland), IF Innovation Festival in Milano and several musical and dancing performances in Bari. He also holds a Level I certification for Final Cut Pro 7.

Beniamino Marini

Beniamino Marini
He is Worldwide Social Media and Editorial Content Manager at Gucci. In the past, he worked as Professional Journalist at Vogue Italia and as Digital Communication and Marketing Manager at Missoni.

Antonio Moscogiuri Di Noi

Antonio Moscogiuri Di Noi
Antonio Moscogiuri is a freelance Journalist and expert in communication and history of costumes. He currently collaborates with Vogue Italia, Elle Italia, and the newspaper Il Giornale. In December 2014, he founded his own publishing house, the CAP Editions, and launched an editorial project that speaks about Eros, Art and Fashion: c.a.p. 74024.

Guia Rossi

Guia Rossi
She is a professional Journalist and Fashion & Design Editor. She collaborates with several fashion magazines and design of Condé Nast, Hearst Magazine Italy, Cairo and Mondadori. The experience in the field of digital cinema, interlaced fashion, represents an important segment of her current research in multimedia.

Giulia Smith

Giulia Smith
After an experience at Bottega Veneta, Giulia has been PR and communication Manager at Vivienne Westwood for several years. She has worked with Vanity Fair Spain and is a consultant for numerous labels at international level. She has a degree in fashion design and has followed specialized courses in styling. Giulia is currently working with some of the most prestigious agencies of events and communication as Maximilian Linz Press and PR and Studio Luisa Bertoldo.