Fashion Design

Master Courses - Milan

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17th edition - The course works as a creative laboratory that guides participants to the progressive acquisition of a clear project development methodology applied to the Made in Italy know-how. Working in the the fashion system in Italy means working within a definite and unique environment that implies the
combination of design, style, manufacturing and society changes, that made history.

Participants improve their ability in exploring fashion trends, combining theoretical knowledge and awareness of Italian design with creativity and defining a strong and innovative fashion language in terms of ideas, shapes, textiles, colors and production processes.

They enhance their creative talents by practising on 4 different thematic workshops dedicated to Womenswear, Menswear, Bespoke, and Contemporary. These projects provide students with high-level tailoring methods, research and project development tools, in order to meet the market needs of the future.

  • Start date
    January 2019
  • Duration
    1 Year
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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.

Professional opportunities - Today, the career path of a Fashion Designer can develop in many different contexts. As specialists in the creative process of different kinds of apparel, they can collaborate with wholesalers, manufacturers or individual clients, or they can promote their own brands and designs. 

Methodology and structure - The Master course is structured in complementary modules that go through the acquisition of a solid method for project development and its actual application in 4 thematic workshop.

At first, students deal with subjects design to align and implement their basic skills. They prepare themselves for the collections' development through a research phase. Then subjects related to the distinctive disciplinary fields support students in the definition of their professional identity: they work on 4 specific production areas, practising with textiles and processes in dedicated laboratories. Each project work is curated by a professional who is specialised in that category. 

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 Final Project represents the opportunity for students to fully express their creativity by showing a collection they produced to a commission consisting of industry professionals.

  • Syllabus

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Project Development Workshops

      Womenswear, Menswear, Bespoke, Contemporary.

    • Personal Design

      The course develops creativity and technical skills of students within the womenswear and menswear collections: use of colour, 3D sense and silhouette, sensitivity to fabric and material, aptitude for fashion drawing. 

    • Lab Materials and Textiles and Lab Realization

      Goal of this teaching is the knowledge of textiles and materials and of their correct use within the 4 workshops. Students learn how to make materials best represent their collections.

    • Textile Methodology Knit Lab

      Goal of this teaching is the knowledge of textiles and materials and of their correct use within the development of womenswear and menswear collections. 

    • History of Fashion Photography

      Exploring the styles and lives of the leading exponents of fashion photography, so as to evaluate their impact on the imagery projected by fashion itself and to make a technical analysis of their style of composition, the influences they exert on one another and their role as trend catalysts.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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.