Alta Moda, Fashion Design

Start Date: November, 27th 2017 | Duration: 1500 Hours | 60 Credits ECTS | Language: English/Italian | Where: ROME


Michela Leto di Priolo

Michela Leto di Priolo begins her career in fashion since the late 70es.


This full time Master’s Course in Alta Moda, Fashion Design is designed for graduates who want to complete or deepen their skills, cultural and professional training in this high-end unique sector of the fashion industry, from research, experimentation, innovative design through to implementation. Often reserved for the few, this sector is becoming an increasingly important tool of communication of Luxury brands, along with collections of Pret à Couture and Made to Measure.

The Master’s Degree in Alta Moda, Fashion Design, is one of the first projects in the world, dedicated to the system of Haute Couture, a hidden world inside the “Maison” and the Couturier’s Atelier.

Rome is the perfect city to host such an ambitious Master’s project. Italian Alta Moda was born in Rome, the city where the contamination between couture and “superior craftsmanship”, historic architecture, ancient and contemporary art, a unique place where you can “redefine beauty” and live in an inspirational atmosphere nurturing creativity and experimentation.

This Master’s Degree aims to become the benchmark for future aspiring couturiers. The course is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education as a Master’s degree with 60 credits (CFA / ECTS).

Professional Opportunities

The course is divided according to the process of creating a collection of Haute Couture and prêt-à-couture, to provide the cognitive tools and research to support the couture project. Fundamentally to this is materials research and technical fabrics development, the study of new trends and analysis of the needs of the target market, design, technical development, the balance of toils / prototypes and experiments, all aimed at the creation and communication of a collection of a high level, that expresses the stylistic codes of a brand.

At the end of the course, students will be equipped to pursue a career within the fashion system, able to play a variety of roles professionally and creatively: designers, product managers, fabric researchers, designers / artisans and / or entrepreneurs themselves.

To Whom

This Master’s Degree is aimed at those who have successfully completed a recognised first degree (typically BA equivalent to Level 6 of EQF-European Qualifications Framework), in a subject area relevant to this course, and wish to study with the aim to seriously focus on a career in Alta Moda/Haute Couture:

  • Students who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a design discipline or a subject area linked to the Master’s Course: YES
  • Humanistic and Liberal Arts Degree students who have successfully completed an undergraduate course not linked to the specialist area of the Master’s: YES, but the Course Council will evaluate the single application to understand the suitability and level of preparation of the candidate
  • Industry professionals of the sector and students who have not completed a recognised undergraduate degree, but have completed private courses within the subject area of the Master’s course: YES, but will not receive a recognised Master’s Degree (they’ll just receive a certificate of participation).


The course duration is one academic year (twelve months, curricular internship included) and attendance is mandatory. However to be accepted at the final assessments students must have at least 80% proven attendance.

Educational approach

The course consists of theoretical lessons, seminars with experts in the field, practical workshops, guided tutorial support one to one and self-directed study. Visits to ateliers and workshops to study embroidery, accessories and construction techniques typical of couture also to textile companies and fairs, museums galleries and exhibitions, make the course vibrant and relevant to the subject.

The course has a closed number of places available to maintain the quality at this high level of study. As part of the application procedure applicants are required to successfully pass an interview along with the presentation of a Fashion Portfolio. For further information please ask the prospectus of the Master’s Degree in Alta Moda, Fashion Design by e-mail to [email protected].

At the conclusion of the Master’s Degree the successful graduates will receive a First Level Master’s awarded (60 credits ECTS) from Accademia Costume & Moda, recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

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Today our MA Master Degree students in Alta Moda have presented their final projects to Livia Carimini, Haute Couture – Maison Valentino. The projects have been realized together with their colleagues from Istituto Carlo Secoli, Milan, congrats!


… congratulations also to our MA Alta Moda degree students for having successfully completed their 1 year class! Well done to Mengqiu Medusa Zhao, Ajima Ogbole, Giuliano Teodonno, Emiliya Iv, Natasha Pribocki, Tatsuya Tsukahara, Tsubasa Kumehara, Erika Riciniello e Assaad Khalaf for the #cumlaude achievement. Thank you to the Director of our Master Annagemma Lascari for having contributed in a fundamental manner to the development of this Project, to the Coordinator Massimiliano Pannitteri and to all of the faculty who have collaborated to this first edition. Well done to all the students, may your dreams and professional objectives be accomplished! A huge thankyou and the most important one to all of our partners AY 2015/2016 (Maison Valentino and Industry) without whom we could have not offered such important and unique experiences which characterized this last year work of our students! #madeinitaly




Michela Leto di Priolo begins her career in fashion since the late 70es. In CERRUTI FEMME 1881 she is Product Manager for both style and operations, referring directly to Nino Cerruti and to the brand CEO. In 1980 she joins Valentino, where she works until 2014. In the early period, Michela was involved in the creative coordination of Women Licenses, rising to becoming head of business segment. She then also coordinated the Accessory and Home licenses. In these roles, Michela was managing 2 laboratories with 2 premieres and 40 employees, in addition to 4 vendeuse for the Alta Moda segment. Her reporting lines were the Group CEO Matteo Marzotto and Creative Director Valentino Garavani himself. With the acquisition of Valentino by private equity found Permira and subsequent sale of the Company to Mayhoola, between 2009 and 2012 Michela was Head Director of Alta Moda: from production to pricing, to managing and coordinating the Artistic Director and creative team in choosing fabrics, materials, embroideries and special items, with a team of 7 Senior and Junior staff, as well as laboratories dedicated to Alta Moda.

Beginning with the 2016/2017 Academic Year, Michela is the coordinator of Accademia Costume & Moda’s Master’s program in Alta Moda, Fashion Design.

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