Coordinators

Francesco Monico

Director: Media Design & Multimedia Arts

“If every individual is a work of art, then every professionality is the result of this artistic dimension” – F. Monico, Director of Accademia Media, Film e Arti Visive.
Now Director of the new Academy Media Film & Visual Arts Three-year program in Designing New Technologies for Art, and Senior Partner of Ars Academy Research SRL, he founded and directed for 13 years the School of Media Design of NABA in Milan, and directs the program of doctoral research Planetary Collegium T-Node for the University of Plymouth (UK). At that same university he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts with Prof. Roy Ascott. He works in an international network to develop research methodology combining art, science and technology.
He began his career as a director of television programs for the Italian state network Rai 3, after which he has worked as a multimedia author, artist and researcher, gaining international experience. He was a Senior Fellow of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto, and holds a Ph.D. in Media and Arts, completed with a thesis on Pedagogy in the Technical Age.
Besides teaching Theory and Method of Mass Media at the Accademia di Costume e Moda – AMFAV, he is a director and founder of the company Ars Academy Research operating in the fields of research, innovation and education. He has developed syncretic research on media, technology and new human proportions, and an aesthetic in which artistic practice, teaching and scientific production combine in a single context. He has organized and conducted international conferences and symposia on New Media Art and pedagogy. He has written regularly on television criticism for the International Herald Tribune/Italy Daily, and for Wired on New Media Art, while collaborating with Sole24Ore Nova 24 on themes of digital innovation. He has directed Research and Development initiatives for Italian and international companies in the fields of Technology and Design.
For Meltemi Editore he has written Dramma Televisivo (2006), and for Mimesis he collaborated on the Italian edition of L’homme “littéré” (2008) by Derrick de Kerckhove. For University Press CLUEB he collaborated on the Italian edition of Expanded Cinema by Gene Youngblood (2013). He also works in the field of New Media Art, creating works like TAFKAV (The Artist Formerly Known as Vanda), Is There Love in the Technoetic Narcissus and The Hybrid Constitution.
He has successfully organized and implemented several masters programs and advanced training initiatives, all in collaboration with MIUR, the Italian Ministry of the University and Research.

Andrea Viotti

Costume department coordinator

Very young he starts his career as Costume Designer entering Costume Shop Tirelli where he acquires his first competences and then moving to Costume Shop Anna Moda. For eight years he alternatesi s work for costume shops collaborating as an assistant with Costume Designers such as Academy Award Winners Piero Tosi, Gabriella Pescucci and Eugenio Guglielminetti, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Maurizio Monteverde, Piero Cigoletti, Marilù Alianello, Sylvano Bussotti.
In 1973 he signs his first TV Movie: Lenin (Directos P. Nelli) to which are followed for National Italian Television RAI and cinema producations various collaborations.
In 1979 the meeting with Gabriele Lavia with who he has started a over thirty years strong collaboration designing all the costumes for his theatre productions. He ha salso workd with Luigi Squarzina, Luca Barbareschi, Matteo Tarasco, Franco Però and others.
From 1990 he is dedicated to the development of the stage for the Amusement Park Gardaland and the Teatro Scala Tripcovich in Trieste.
Part of his experience has been dedicated to Opera, working for Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Scala Theatre in Milan, Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari, San Carlo Theatre in Naples, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and San Francisco Opera.
In 2003 he wins the Italian Academy Award, the prestigious David di Donatello for best costumes for the movie “El Alamein”, directed by Enzo Monteleone.
Since 2007 he coordinates the Costume DEpartment of the Accademia Costume & Moda and is Member of the Academic Board.

Santo Costanzo

Fashion department coordinator

Coordinator of the Fashion Department and Responsible for the Talents Project (Fashion Final Work), alumnus of the Accademia, he started his career as assistant designer to Romeo Gigli for “Romeo Gigli” and as costume designer, cinema and theatre, moreover finalist at the Vogue Italia prestigious international contest “Who Is On Next”. Today, Santo consults for fashion brands in Italy and abroad.
He contributes to the individual and professional growth of our students in a strong way, supporting them to understanding the importance of research finalized to the development of a project and not solely to creativity. He guides them in analysing the product, its positioning and marketing, in respect to artisanal and industrial processes and to the codes of the employer, preserving and maximising the creative identity of the student.

Luigi Mulas Debois

Accessories department coordinator

Member of the Academic Committee and Coordinator of the Accessories Department of the Accademia, consultant for the Fashion Industry and Artist with personal and shared exhibitions around the world, Luigi contributes to the educational path of our students with an approach that combines materials and art.
He maximises creativity and project work, by sharing his knowledge of the artisanal and industrial processes linked to the construction of the “accessory”. He passes on experience and competence linked to the technical, technological and creative experimentation of a product, transferring passion, experience, humbleness, determination, motivation and confidence.
Thanks to his work and our alumni results in the last years, our Accessories Department is today internationally a reference for the industry in scouting young talents.

Michela Leto di Priolo

Alta Moda, Fashion Design Master's director

Michela Leto di Priolo begins her career in fashion since the late 1970es. 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's licences rising to becoming head of business segment. She then also coordinated the Accessory and Home licences. 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 group Creative Director Valentino Garavani himself.

With the acquisition of Valentino by private equity fund Permira and subsequent sale of the company to Mayhoola, between 2009 and 2012 Michela was Director head 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 3 laboratories dedicated to Alta Moda.

Beginning with the 2016/2017 academic year, Michela is the coordinator of Accademia Costume & Moda's Master's programme in Alta Moda, Fashion Design.

Sonia Veroni

Creative Knitwear Design Master's Director

Sonia Veroni
Grown up “breathing” fashion in the family company, she has developed since a very young age, a passion and competence inked to the creation of knitwear collections for some of the most important Italian and international designers. After having graduated and after an experience at Miss Deanna, she moves to New York from 1997 and 2002 working as Director of Creative Services for Badger & Partners, marketing, advertising and communication agency. In 2003 she returns to Italy and works as a stylist for different fashion brands and for the music industry, curating among the many projects also the music videos for famous rock star Vasco Rossi. From 2004 to 2011 she is Artistic Director for the Knitwear brand GOTHA. Between 2008 and 2010 she is Professor for Fashion Materials at IUAV, in Venice. In 2005 she is the founder of Modateca Deanna, International Centre for Fashion Documentation, and continues promoting Made in Italy with particular interest in Knitwear Design, through the creation and realization of exhibition projects in Italy and abroad.

Alessia Vitti

Coordinator Vocational course in Fashion Design

Multidisciplinary Designer, with a marked attitude to research and to “limited edition” projects for the fashion system and the design interior world. Lecturer and coordinator for the Fashion Design programs for the 3 year Academic Diploma in Fashion and Costume Design, she is also a member of the School’s Academic Board.
She lives and works in Rome, where she founded “nu Concept”, creative design studio that produces “limited edition” items created to combine the beauty of essential aesthetic and the uniqueness of the techniques and tradition of made in Italy. In the years she has collaborated with some of the most renowned fashion houses, photographic studios, advertising companies and architecture studios in Italy and abroad.

Romina Toscano

Communication department coordinator

Journalist since 2008, Romina graduated in “Communication Science” at “La Sapienza” University in Rome, with a specialization in research of new technologies. Since 2005 she has been working as a consultant for leader companies operating in “new technologies” and entertainment/culture, developing strategic plans, communication strategies and added value services. At a later stage she specializes in Fashion as PR.

She has curated for Esperienza Italia 150, the exhibition “Futuro nelle mani / Future within the hands” in occasion of the celebrations for Italy’s150th anniversary, with direct responsibility on craftsmanship,“Made in Italy”.

Lecturer in Public Relations and Digital Fashion, Romina consults as Journalist and Fashion Editor for important magazines, papers and independent editorial projects in Italy and abroad. Today she is an entrepreneur, owner of an agency active both in Rome and Milan, that works in all areas of Fashion Communication. The team is made of professionals in Communication Strategy, Photography and Fashion Film, Public Relations, Social Media Strategy. Mission is to provide emerging brands with an innovative and complete product and strong identity. WIthin the agency’s client bases there are many emerging designers that have developed into national and international recognized brands.

Romina aims to provide students with a ``direct experience``, supporting them in understanding the rules and regulations of communication. Cultural references are the starting point for researching and interpreting any brief, then using all available tools to transform the ``idea`` into ``project``.

Marina Valli

Program leader post graduate jewelry design

Since 1980 Jewellery Designer, she started her career following the steps of her father Giovanni Valli, who was Bvlgari’s Designer from 1945 to 1990 and founder of the first Jewellery Design Academic Program in Rome, here at the Accademia Costume & Moda.
Her first job experience was in 1983 for Bvlgari Spa, and then working for important brands in Italy and abroad designing jewellery and accessories. In 1990 as an external consultant for Bvlgari she designs the B01 Line. In 2013 she founded here in Rome the OTP Association whose mission s to value an endorse Jewellery craftsmanship through exhibitions and events. She has more than 20 years experience in educating generations of designers who today are among the best professionals of the Industry. Marina is Leader for the Jewellery Programs here at the Accademia Costume & Moda.

Elisa D'Amico

Visual Merchandising Coordinator

Elisa D'Amico develops her interest for the world of Image at DAMS in Rome where she studies aesthetics and communication. Her personal interest for fashion, pushes her to develop her skills in communication, by writing for web magazine of fashion, life style and design. Later on she begins to work in the office of Atelier Marco Coretti Haute Couture, where she deepened her approach in the dynamics of the fashion industry.
In Milan, with a scholarship offered by the Camera Nazionale della Moda, Elisa discovered her passion for visual merchandising, a matter that explores the dynamics of aesthetics and image all round.
she started working for La Rinascente, then joined the Tod's group in 2011 with whom he will work until September 2015, when he decides to put the company's expertise in consulting and design activities.
She currently collaborates with retailers and franchises throughout the Italian territory.