Experience Milan Fashion Weeks as an insider: a dream that comes true studying fashion

Milano Fashion Weeks

Discover all the events that make the city of Milan a national and international reference point for the fashion industry and Domus Academy academic offering in this field.

Milan is the fashion capital, a national and international reference point for the industry. The Lombardy’s capital city has always been associated with the world of fashion not only because of the presence of the Quadilatero della Moda, an area full of boutiques and stores of some of the most highly rated brands, but also because four Fashion Weeks take place in Milan every year. As the name suggests, these weeks are dedicated to high-profile fashion events during which designers unveil new collections to the public, setting the trends for the coming season.

Fashion has its historical roots in the strength of the Italian textile industry since the post-World War II period and the creative genius of Italian designers like Giorgio Armani, Valentino Garavani, Gianfranco Ferré, Elio Fiorucci, and Mila Schön who have distinguished themselves locally and internationally. In fashion, as in food, “Made in Italy” has become alike saying “high quality”: excellent craftsmanship and extraordinary creative flair.

Like New York, Paris and London, each year Milan hosts two Fashion Weeks dedicated to women’s fashion, in February and September, and two for men’s fashion, scheduled for January and June. The Fashion Weeks give bright energy to every district of the city hosting showroom presentations, fashion shows and side events with unbelievable numbers: according to Camera del Commercio estimates, Fall 2023 Fashion Week generated as much as 90 million euros in terms of direct and indirect revenue. Fashion Weeks, therefore, represent the perfect opportunity for fashion brands to communicate and get in touch with a wide audience about the values and inspirations that guide every stylistic choice, previewing clothes and accessories that will characterise upcoming trends. A must for journalists, influencers, industry insiders and enthusiasts from all over the world, these weeks serve as showcases of excellence through which any aspiring fashion student and young fashion designer would like to express themselves. How to get to the catwalks of such important events? The first step can only be comprehensive and specialised training that opens the fashion industry doors to those who boast passion, creativity, and style.

It is essential to undertake an appropriate academic path to rise in the fashion field and be part of the excellence that gives life to the catwalks of Milanese and international Fashion Weeks. Among the industry’s best fashon courses are the Masters of Arts and Academic Masters offered by Domus Academy. Founded by fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré, among others, Domus Academy Milan’s Fashion School teaches the art of fashion design by offering a two-year Master of Arts in Fashion: Design, Art & Technology and the Academic Masters in Fashion Design, Fashion Management and Fashion Styling & Visual Merchandising. These fashion courses, consisting of a mix of in-presence lessons and workshops in partnership with companies, allow students to compare themselves with their peers during intense group projects and receive individual coaching and mentoring sessions thanks to the guidance of fashion professionals.

In addition to these fashion courses, Domus Academy Milano offers more intensive programs for those who want to strengthen their skills in just 16 weeks: the semester-long fashion courses.

Internships in industry companies are an integral part of the course, helping students define important professional relationships and gain experience in the field.

Studying fashion at Domus Academy Milano ensures a privileged confrontation with Milan’s main fashion events.

Our young fashion designers, in fact, participate in Milano Moda Graduate, an event promoted by the Italian Chamber of Fashion during which a garment made by a student is awarded a prize and will be paraded at the opening of Milan Fashion Week, and in Fashion Graduate Italia. The latter is an important showcase featuring three days of fashion shows dedicated to the creations of a selection of the best students from Italian fashion schools, facilitating the sharing of visions, creativity and knowledge.

Milan is intrinsically linked to the fashion world, and studying there is a winning choice for anyone wishing to dive into an immersive educational experience full of authentic inspiration.

Students who choose Domus Academy benefit from an educational program that, in addition to classroom lessons, offers training sessions in the fashion capital. For example, our talents participate in internationally significant trade fairs such as Milano Unica and White, where they can get a close look at new trends and innovations in textiles, accessories and clothing. They also have the opportunity to meet the big names in fashion, such as Alberta Ferretti, learning the trade tricks directly from the professionals who have shaped the industry.

Great emphasis is placed on current events thanks to visits to prestigious exhibitions under the guidance of faculty and program leaders, such as Dolce&Gabbana at Palazzo Reale and Yohji Yamamoto at 10 Corso Como. Finally, students can join as guests fashion shows of major brands, such as Diesel and Anteprima, to experience firsthand high-level fashion events and understand their dynamics, including those behind the scenes. This direct contact with the fashion world ensures a unique educational experience that prepares students to become future players in the fashion industry.

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