Fashion Designer

The traditional concept of stylist has been overcome. Today, the market requires Fashion Designers able to interpret at the best the emotions of which clothes and accessories are made. A new way to look at the objects and the complex weft of relations among people, needs and emotions hidden behind the word “fashion”. A Fashion Designer must be able to catch the richness and intricacy of the surrounding world and, based on these information, to translate style and sensations into a tale.

Fashion Designer


Erica Pepe designed and carried out, as a Final Project, a clothes’ collection and a communication campaign for the vintage brand A.N.G.E.L.O. The collection, named A Departed Present is aimed at throwing the 40s in contemporary world. The concept takes inspiration from Scandinavian interior design, that Erica re-interpreted as real clothing items by using neutral colours and soft fabrics alternated with straps and snap button fastening. Guarda il video!

IED in Shanghai

Valentina Cosenza and Giada Petrolini, with their Thesis Project, won first prize at FUTURE CHIC 2019, International Competition of Innovative Fashion Design in Shanghai.
The students of the Three-year course in Fashion Design, graduated from IED Roma, flew to China to present their collection of convertible garments called Untitled, which is inspired by Shinobi, Japanese patron of the feudal era, able to make himself quickly unrecognizable in the eyes of his enemies. The key element of the project is the transformation of a garment into an accessory, with a wearable device that guarantees visibility and safety to the person who wears it when travelling in the city.
The competition, which is sponsored by authoritative organizations such as the China National Garment Association and the Shanghai Promotion Center for City of Fashion, explores every year the theme of technology and its possible influences on creativity in fashion. Designers from all over the world, experts and entrepreneurs take part in the event.

get lost in white

Fashion can be considered a mirror of times: it reflects reality but also defines individual and collective identity.
Starting from a classic garment such as the single-breasted men’s outerwear, Violetta Gancia from IED Torino developed an aesthetic path for womenswear, where the basic idea is the relationship between what it’s worn and the moods generated by addiction, which are expressed through the choice of clothes.

Two Ethos 2.0 - IED in Korea

Two Ethos 2.0 is a joint project between IED Fashion Design students in Milan, Florence and Como and KNUCH, Korean National University of Cultural Heritage, under the patronage of the Consulate of Korea in Milan, and the Embassy of Italy in Korea. “Two Ethos” means two worlds, two cultures, blending the creative approach and Italian design-oriented way of teaching with the study and conservation of the Korean craftsmanship tradition.
The students developed fashion items, in line with the contemporary tastes and needs of Western consumers, using traditional Korean fabrics coming from different regions of the country and different historical periods, that have been selected and produced by weaving masters, following traditional processing methods recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.
The creations of these young Fashion Designers have been exposed in an exhibition in Seoul and a selected student had the chance to visit Korea attending this event.

nyeupe - a salt coloured collection

Nyeupe is fashion project by Roberta Zedda from IED Cagliari that combines innovation and traditional craftmenship through experimentation on textiles and materials. It’s a demi-couture collection made of both embroidery and other hand-made interventions, and digital prints, laser cuts and 3D prints.
The connection among the single items is the white in all its nuances, the color of salt. Nyeupe, in fact, means “white” in Swahili, the language of Tanzania, and a story based there inspired the idea for this project.


Sustainability for fashion is now imperative. The project DIESEL Recycled Denim has seen the students engaged with the theme of the eco compatibility in a practical and creative way. The students of Fashion Design and Fashion Stylist together with those of Communication Design, have developed garments and shots for eco-friendly denim capsule collections. With the guidance of Rina Tollio, Talent Acquisition Manager of DIESEL, the project started from a brainstorming among all the students and the creation of moodboards for collections. After a few weeks of research, Fashion Designers began to create their own garments from models and fabrics supplied by Diesel, looking for strictly ecological solutions. The main component of the collection, denim, has been deconstructed, recycled and reinterpreted in an innovative and unique way.

IED ALUMNI: Diana Kvariani

I was told many times that I have this “Italian signature” in my collections, and I am deeply proud of that! I was so lucky to get an education from the Italians.


Diana Kvariani decided to embrace her passion for fashion attending the Undergraduate course in Fashion Design at IED Roma, where she learned to be creative and look further, finding her own signature. Once back in her home country, Georgia, she was ready to start designing her own collections, combining Georgian and Italian styles. She participated in three editions of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, featuring supreme quality of materials, combination of unexpected textures, patterns and colours, and meticulous attention to details.

With a successful brand, now distributed also in Paris, Los Angeles, Washington, Munich, Monaco and Moscow, and two mono stores in Tiblisi and Batumi, she can say she fulfilled her dreams.

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Absence is a recurring theme in the works of Haruki Murakami as well as in the whole Japanese culture. Absence as abandonment, as an omission of a piece of the body, but also as physical shortcoming, defect. And Absence has been the inspiration for the Final Project carried out by Antonio d’Addio, IED Milano graduate student in Fashion Design. He asked himself what characterises the human relations in the Y generation, his generation, and he found an answer in individualism and alienation. So he designed a collection of genderless outfits that aim expressing the value of usefulness and the capability of a negative event to turn into something positive.

The collection has been presented during the IED final fashion show. The first group of outfits to walk the catwalk showed garments that require the help of someone else to be put on. The second group included garments that could host from 2 to 4 people at the same time in different layers. The third group put together clothes made of poor fabrics, such as pile. While the last group points out the marks that people leave in the most intimate place, their bed.

This project has been rewarded with the Franca Sozzani Special Award, for the research in the composition of volumes, the combination of classic taste and modern realisation, and for the elegance of the message.

Read the article on Vogue (Italian Language)


The last year has been marked by great changes and an awareness of the value of distance. Distances and otherness, which push us to consider this new daily life as extraordinary and require a positive vision capable of including a perspective of rebirth and overcoming. Special needs correspond to special dreams and Fashion has the power to give value to what it had lost. Starting from these premises, the students of the Undergraduate course in Fashion Design at IED Torino presented a collection of 25 outfits to choose from among women, men and children for the autumn-winter 2021/22 season, with the possibility of developing a focus of their choice between knitwear and lingerie, and particular attention to the consistency of the garments and the theme of sustainability.


Insection is the name of the collection created by Lucia Bardascino, graduate student at IED Firenze School of Fashion, currently distributed by Italian concept stores. Transparencies, sections, full and empty, are the concepts expressed by the spring-summer 2017 capsule collection. The project has been realised as Final Work, in collaboration with the partner companies Valentina’s camicie and Landini Tessuti.


Habitat is a journey through time, starting from iconic mens’ sportswear garments up to contemporary sportswear, agglomerating fashion and streetwear in a single collection. It is a project of extreme topicality, as requested by the brief of the company Majocchi, partner of the project, which has provided selected materials.
For the designer Giorgia Ingrao from IED Torino, the collection represents the identity of the time in which we live, it contaminates and get contaminated, it adapts to every environment and reality.  Mixing technical fabrics, oversized volumes and captivating colours with iconic garments and classic lines, it is like mixing colours on a palette. At the end of the process, something new was created that didn’t exist before.


Watch the presentation of the first collection created by Chiara Cesaraccio, Shoes Designer, graduated in Fashion Design at IED Firenze. A collection rediscovering ancient artisan traditions to enhance a female body that is expressing its identity also through accessories. Follow the first steps from which Chiara’s successful career started, and which allowed her to find important partnerships with Arabic and Japanese companies and to present her new fall-winter collection 2020.

IED Alumni: Jafar Shariat


Jafar Shariat, from Iran, is a young Fashion Designer who presented 8 outfits he realised for the fashion brand Persian Idea at Pitti 94, featuring a marvellous mix between East and West.

He decided to embrace his passion for fashion attending an Undergraduate course in Fashion Design at IED Milano, where he studied the tailoring techniques that he learnt to use in his own way, following his purpose: merging different worlds and experiences, western fashion with Persian traditional fabrics, rugs and accessories.

 “I’m so lucky that my past is full of culture and beauty: I have to keep and adapt them to the future needs”.

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L’enfant intérieur

Fairy tales, magic, flying. Imagination is a shelter for grownups who are still a bit like kids and for kids who already are a bit grownups. Creativity is a child. To get in touch with the inner child, Giorgia Sara Conte developed a fashion collection choosing the pastel colours of a bright day, as well as darker colours to recall the night and the magic forest. The shapes and volumes of garments she designed branch out the body to get in touch with nature. She used natural textiles printed with little bugs and then she applied flowers made of paillettes, to give the sense of protection, like being inside a chrysalis.


During Pitti Immagine, the most important fashion event in Italy after Milano Design Week, young Fashion Designers from 7 Italian IED locations and Barcelona gathered in Florence to work on a crucial topic: eco-fashion. Together with the special guests Livia Firth – Founder and Designer of Eco-Age – and Tiziano Guardini – Fashion Designer specialised in evironmental sustainability – students took part to a 4-days workshop concerning sustainable materials and productive processes, and presented their eco-friendly capsule collections. Visit the gallery to see them at work and for a preview of the garments.

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A breef summary of the backstage and the catwalks of IED Torino students in Fashion Design and Design e Design del Gioiello e Accessori, who presented their Final Projects.

Above the Ocean

Binghu Mao, Fashion Design student at IED Milano, grew in a fishermen village. The memories about that time inspired the project “Above the ocean” that required a lot of observation of anglers’ clothes and tools. Most of their work clothes are open-naked and with fewer buttons, making them feel more comfortable, and they are mostly made of windproof and waterproof material. The result is a collection made of strong, durable, tear-resistant, and easy to clean fabrics are such as nylon, denim, and linen. To allow the maximum functionality, the clothes present several elements like pockets, waterproof zippers, reflective strips, etc. The selection of prints has been chosen from the fishermen’s paintings to be applied through woodcut printing, tie dyeing, and screen printing.


Mikhail Borisov, Fashion Design student at IED Roma, developed as Final Project the prêt-à-porter womenswear collection Tribisu, including a menswear capsule collection. It is a reinterpretation of the ancient carnival in Sardinia. Deconstruction, contrasts, stratification and asymmetry give the perception of having caught the clothes in the moment they’re changing. The rough fabrics and the tribal style contrast with the use of transparencies and metallic inserts, creating a mélange of local traditions and contemporaneity and giving a new life to archaic traditions.

To become Fashion Designer - COURSES IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Fashion Design

Milan | Undergraduate Courses
Start date: 20-10-2021

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Fashion Textile Design

Como | Undergraduate Courses
Start date: 19-10-2021

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To become Fashion Designer - COURSES IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE

Fashion Design

Milan | Undergraduate Courses
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Rome | Undergraduate Courses
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Fashion Design

Turin | Undergraduate Courses
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Fashion Design

Cagliari | Undergraduate Courses
Start date: 19-10-2021

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Pattern Maker - Training Course

Venice | Training Courses
Start date: 14-10-2021

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Coordinators of the courses

IED Milano: Olivia Spinelli, Alon Siman Tov, Michele Guazzone

IED Roma: Cristina Silvestrini

IED Torino: Alessandra Montanaro

IED Firenze: Sara Maino and Fabio Di Nicola

IED Cagliari: Nicola Frau and Massimo Noli

IED Venezia: Federica Rubin


The professional world requires a highly qualified and cross-disciplinary preparation. For this reason, IED suggests its students to keep themselves informed and updated through courses that are complementary to those they followed during their undergraduate pathway.

See the list of IED Master courses held in Italy, in English language: learn more.

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Final Work backstage - Ernesto Canto for Ermanno Scervino

Backstage shooting of the Final Project developed by Ernesto Canto, Fashion Design student. This work has been realised in collaboration with Ermanno Scervino. Design a womenswear/menswear collection, taking in consideration the guidelines set by the brand. The collection includes 60 pieces of clothing, of which about 30 reflect the focus chosen by each student.


This project has been developed by Andrea Anex Arredondo and Natalia Vasquez Chalup Bolivian students in Fashion Design at IED Milano. In their work they analysed the conception of fashion as a way to escape reality in relation to Bolivian culture. This multi-ethnic and multicultural country is characterised by colourful and extravagant costumes, a strong symbolism and a blending between catholic religion and ancient believes, surrounded by mystery and magic. All the excessive elements of the Bolivian culture represent a rebellion the suppressions suffered by these people and a contraposition to their extremely simple way of life. Ekeko aims at underlining how fashion, often marked as superficial, can be a cathartic therapy instead, both for designers and customers enhancing reality, helping humans to show what they feel.


This project has been developed by Andrea Anex Arredondo and Natalia Vasquez Chalup, Bolivian students in Fashion Design at IED Milano. With their work they analysed the conception of fashion as a way to escape reality in relation to the Bolivian culture. This multi-ethnic and multicultural country is characterised by colourful and extravagant costumes, a strong symbolism and a blend between catholic religion and ancient believes, surrounded by mystery and magic. All the excessive represent a rebellion from the suppressions suffered by these people and a contraposition to their extremely simple way of life. Ekeko aims at underlining how fashion, often marked as superficial, can be a cathartic therapy instead, both for designers and customers enhancing reality, helping humans to show what they feel.