Modellista - Professional Training Program

Undergraduate Courses - Venice

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A Modellista/Fashion Model Maker is a professional in charge to follow and to coordinate all the stages of the clothing development, from the basic pattern’s design to the fabric transfer, from the making of technical sheets to modifying sizes through a CAD system.

Considered as a key character of the fashion making, he or she is the figure that interprets the creative ideas of Fashion Designer or the style office, transforming them into prototypes. For that reason, he or she covers a central role in the fashion world, being highly requested by clothing-producing companies.
Attending the course dedicated to this profession at IED Venice, students will achieve a specific preparation to start this professional path, acquiring at the same time competences and skills related to fashions history, sketching, tailoring, textile, pattern, and the techniques to ensuring the dress’ proper fit.
Professional opportunities - Model, Model CAD, Prototype Assistant and Fashion CAD Illustrator.

  • Start date
    October 2021
  • Duration
    2 Years
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Target – The Professional Training Program is aimed at those who have developed a particular sensibility towards fashion, the evolution of dressing style and particular aptitudes for distinguishing quality tailoring products. The training course aims at providing highly professional specific skills, suitable for a complete fashion project, from the conception to the three-dimensional realization of the garment, both for those who find employment in the style offices and for those who want to take the entrepreneurial path as a stylist.

Methodology and structure - The training course is divided into two years. The first year is dedicated to the acquisition of specific cultural references on the evolution of the history of fashion, textile technology, design methodology, the bases of modelling and tailoring techniques.

On the other hand, the second year aims at acquiring awareness and competences in the specific professional areas, helping students in developing their own style. The design activities are supported by the study of technical disciplines, such as the development of the paper model with CAD technology and an in-depth study in the field of tailoring techniques, the transformation of the model bases and the technique of moulage, that is draping to manikin.

The didactic methodology adopted is aimed at entering the professional world through direct experiences of design and realization of prototypes. On an annual basis and in continuity with the teachings of the training course, students have the opportunity to experience the skills acquired during creative workshops and thus to compare themselves with the different aspects of professional practice.

  • I YEAR

    • History of Fashion and Costume 1

      The course introduces students to the knowledge of the history of fashion in the period from the eighteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century, analyzing the evolutions related to clothing and accessories, both male and female.

    • Fabric Technologies 1

      The course focuses on the study and recognition of fibres, yarns and fabrics, focusing on their properties and the production and processing processes, in relation to the technological developments of textile industry and the evolution of fashion. The teaching aims at introducing students to the different types of fabrics and their characteristics, in order to gain sensitivity in the use of materials.

    • Drawing Techniques and Methodologies

      The course provides specific theoretical and specialist skills through an articulated training that connects design, expressive and technical methodologies, so as to allow the student a thorough knowledge of all phases of graphic design, from the manual and digital representation of garments to their reproduction with flat drawings.

    • Introduction to the Use of CAD Software

      The course provides students with the basic tools of CAD, alternating theoretical and practical lessons. It helps them understanding the logic of the system by making them develop the entire process of basic model making, working in the modeling lab. An introduction will also be provided to proceed with the delineation of the details that characterize the different garments.

    • Modeling Laboratory 1

      Starting from the interpretation of a fashion project, the course introduces the modelling techniques that allow the transition from two-dimensional drawing to three-dimensional garment. The theoretical and practical lessons provide the basic knowledge that will be examined in depth during the second year.

    • Fashion Design Laboratory 1

      The workshop based course provides the basis for the definition of the entire design process in fashion, starting from the selection of a research theme to the development of a real collection. Students learn methodologies and are guided in the preparation of their own personal archive of reference and inspiration for the definition of moodboards and sketchbooks, which are useful for translating visual contents into a study of lines and volumes, for the definition of specific concepts and outfits.

    • Packaging Laboratory 1

      The Laboratory is dedicated to the acquisition of the basic tailoring techniques and the use of sewing machines. Students have the opportunity to realize the prototype of the models they elaborated during the Modeling Laboratory 1.


    • History of Fashion and Costume 2

      The second year continues the historical-analytical path, focusing on the birth of the Italian fashion and following its evolution from the post-war period to the present, from the birth of Prêt-à-porter to the concept of power dressing.

    • Moulage Techniques

      The course introduces the moulage technique, i. e. the technique of draping on mannequins. Starting with the preparation of mannequins and fabrics, the course defines the characteristics that are necessary for the model development and it defines the concepts of straight yarn and bias.

    • Modeling Laboratory 2

      The course deepens and broadens the knowledge acquired, working on different levels. In order to best meet the client's needs, the student learns how to adapt pre-existing bases and how to elaborate a finished model, developing his own design idea.

    • Fashion Design Laboratory 2

      The Laboratory alternates design process and practical exercises in order to define a collection and create a coherent and personal line that allows the different garments to interact with each other, highlighting the creativity and style of the student.

    • Laboratory CAD Modelling

      After consolidating the basis acquired during the first year, the CAD Modeling Laboratory enhances the knowledge of the software programme through the use of 3D tools. Students thus learn how to intervene on the bases by creating new ones or modifying the existing ones, for the development of original cut size, placings and original models.

    • Packaging Laboratory 2

      During the second year, students deepen their knowledge of tailoring techniques and compositional elements, creating the prototype of the models developed during the Modelling Laboratory 2, functional to the definition of the final Thesis Project.

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.

Federica Rubin – Course Coordinator

Federica Rubin – Course Coordinator
She studied as Model-Maker. During her thirty years of activity, she followed and managed the entire supply chain, from the research, to the choice of materials and accessories, purchase orders, the development of the model, the prototype realization, the development of sizes and the launch of production, collaborating with numerous brands, adapting the models in relation to the final materials chosen by the client. He registered his own brand "TIEMI", with which he designed and developed a line of bags, signed some lines of t-shirts, suits and accessories.

Aldina Rizzo

Aldina Rizzo
She completed an artistic training following courses in the field of clothing (woman and child model-maker, CAD techniques applied to clothing, moulage techniques) and graphics (e-commerce technical course). After a long working experience as a prototypist, she entered the world of fashion design, where she developed girl and baby collections. She is currently designing bags and accessories.

Anna Turcato

Anna Turcato
Style Strategist, Image Consultant and Cool Hunter.  After graduating in Communication Sciences and attending a Master's Degree in Cool Hunting in the Fashion Sector, she worked for many years for important fashion and Made in Italy companies as Buyer, Research & Development Manager and Fashion Coordinator.  In 2012, she opened her own activity as Image Consultant and Trainer in fashion, image, style and personal brand, writing also for national fashion magazines and web magazines.  

Antonella Sbrugnera

Antonella Sbrugnera
Model Maker. She collaborates with important brands such as Marlboro, Energie, Napapijri, Chloé, Fendi, Avirex, etc., working first as model maker and then as Head of the modelling area. She broadened her expertise in the technical area specializing in the use of several CAD tools, such as Lectra-Modaris, Assyst and Morgan Tecnica. She manages a model design studio and holds courses for the study and realization of historical costumes and corsetry, collaborating with the Association Carnevale di Venezia.  

Massimiliano Battois

Massimiliano Battois
He took his first steps in the Mila Schon fashion house in Milan, before working in Haute Couture in Paris for Serge Lepage and Pierre Cardin. He currently works at his own company ARNOLDO][BatTOIS with which he walked the catwalk during Altaroma, in July 2016. Winner of the first edition of Enrico Coveri Prize, two editions of Mittel Moda and the only Italian finalist of the international Who is on Next 2010, a competition organised by the National Chamber of Fashion and Vogue Italia.

Raffaella Brunzin

Raffaella Brunzin
Graduated in Architecture, she combines didactic activity with the one of independent Designer. For several years, she collaborated with the degree course in Fashion Design at the IUAV University of Venice and in 2006 she Co-founded Manos, a temporary and independent exhibition designed to present and sell self-produced design objects.

Sandra Stella

Sandra Stella
Tailor and Model Maker specialized in tailor-made garments. She has been working for 35 years in the world of fashion, taking care of the entire production of the sample collection: from paper modeling to cutting and packaging. Specialized in the wedding dresses production, she is currently engaged in the development of a new brand.