05 February 2024

The Designer and Creative Director “comes back” to class to accompany students through inspirational encounters

“Several years ago, school was a magical and enlightening time of sharing for me. Being back today renews this feeling”. It is with enthusiasm and great open-mindedness that Marco De Vincenzo embraces his new role as Academic Mentor at the Fashion School of IED Milano, where he will guide about five hundred students of the three-year courses in Fashion Design and Shoes and Accessories Design.

Graduated from IED in Rome in 2000, founder of the eponymous brand and today Creative Director of Etro as well as Leather Goods Head Designer for Fendi, Marco De Vincenzo sees this mentorship as a natural generational transition. “I think I have gathered the experience I didn’t have back then and I’m ready to pass it on to others, just as other people have done with me: it’s a handing down of knowledge”.

What here the full video interview to Marco De Vincenzo and to his future students

De Vincenzo will meet the future IED designers in specific sessions, according to the course and year, to debate on inspirational macro themes that challenge the definition of the concepts on which they will build their collections, and to support their development. Resistance to standardisation, commitment to value cultural identities, care and concern for human beings, the environment and resources: these are some of the keywords that will guide the meetings.

Born in 1978, Marco De Vincenzo began his career very early, joining the Fendi Style Office at the age of 21, where he still holds the position of Leather Goods Head Designer. In 2009 he created his own ready-to-wear label, showing his first collection during the Paris Haute Couture Week. In July of the same year, he won the “Who is on Next” competition, devised by Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, and in September he featured in the official schedule of Milan Fashion Week. In 2014, he signed a joint venture agreement with the LVMH group for the development of the Marco De Vincenzo brand, which ended in 2020. In February 2022 he presented his first upcycling project, Supèrno, and in June he was appointed Creative Director of Etro for the Women’s, Men’s, Home, Kids and Eyewear lines.

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