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2022: a historic year for our Community of achievements and new beginnings!

Another year comes to an end and there are many things for which we are grateful, first to our community, made of students, faculty, staff, partners, friends and all our stakeholders who make the experience we live every day at their service, authentic and unique.


A landmark in the history of Accademia Costume & Moda, a true milestone that sees our arrival in Milan and the inauguration of our new campus in Via Fogazzaro, 23.

The opening of the Milan campus (with the patronage of Regione Lombardia, Comune di Milano, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Confindustria Moda, Sistema Moda Italia, UNIC, Lineapelle, Pitti Immagine and Alta Roma), took place on September 14th.

A day full of events during which the doors were opened to the public, students and in general to anyone interested in learning more about what it means to study in a fashion school, meeting with professionals who were able to guide, illustrate, share the challenges and opportunities of operating within the second industrial sector of Italy, fashion. For the occasion it was created a broad and articulated schedule was created, including portfolio reviews, talks, workshops and moments of discussion with some of the most authoritative voices of the Italian fashion system, culminating in the Fashion Show of the Projects of our Master in Creative Knitwear design, developed thanks to the collaboration with over 50 companies of the Italian knitwear district. The Master in Creative Knitwear Design is directed by Sonia Veroni, CEO of Modateca Deanna.

We are grateful to the over 600 people who participated in this day of celebration and sharing, and appreciative to Alessia Cappello Councilor for Economic Development and Labor Policies of the Comune di Milano, Carlo Capasa President of Camera Moda, Sergio Tamborini President of Sistema Moda Italia, Raffaello Napoleone CEO PITTI, and the Cav. Mario Boselli for joining us at the Press Conference

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Many events and moments that we want to remember, last in chronological order in December, also in Milan, the charity sale of Progetto Sorriso nel Mondo, an international association made up of surgeons, anesthesiologists and volunteer nurses, engaged in the treatment and care of infantile craniofacial malformations , such as cleft lip and palate, in countries with low resources, such as Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has seen over 6,000 operations and 14,500 patients treated since 1997.

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In November, a selection of 9 young designers who attended the latest edition of the 1st level Master’s in Alta Moda, Fashion Design in Rome, presented their collections at Fashion Graduate Italia, an event promoted by the Piattaforma Sistema Formativo Moda, an association which includes the best Italian fashion schools and which organizes a graduate week every year at Base in Milan, dedicated to the thousands of students who experience it.

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Also in November, Chiara Balsamo, alumna of the BA in Costume and Fashion, won both the commendation badge of GAP and the one of Yoox Net-a-Porter, during Graduate Fashion Week International, by presenting her capsule collection ” Zoanthus”. Graduate Fashion Week International is promoted by the largest event dedicated to fashion schools in the world, the London Graduate Fashion Week of which our International Director of Education, Adrien Roberts is the Chair of GFWI and International Trustee.

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During November, we were also invited as partner of the Commission to Fashion Futures, the most important fashion conference in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, promoted by the Saudi Fashion Commission whose CEO is Burak Cakmak, and under the umbrella of the Ministry of Culture (WWD). As partners, we were asked to deliver a master class on “Global cultural macro-trends in fashion“, hosted by Paolo Ferrarini, member of our Communication Scientific Committee.

With Paolo representing ACM, was also our International Director of Education, Adrien Roberts who participated in a panel on “Fashion Education” with the multifaceted Badara Ndiaye.

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In March ACM was invited, in the person of our Chairman A. Lupo Lanzara, to participate on a panel on “Education”, moderated by Simone Marchetti Vanity Fair European editorial Director & Vanity Fair Italia Editor in Chief, with Massimiliano Giorgetti, Polimoda, Laudomia Pucci, Chairman Emilio Pucci Heritage Hub and Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Gallery. The International Conference, sponsored by Confindustria Firenze, Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana and Comune di Firenze, was held at Palazzo Vecchio in the Salone dei Cinquecento. A Project aimed at promoting a thought on the evolution of the fashion industry, intended not only as the economic sector reference of “Made in Italy”, but also as a cultural and social expression. The Conference in collaboration with Vanity Fair. Italy was streamed on its digital platforms

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Extra curricular project for 20 students of the BA in Costume and Fashion and of the BA in Fashion Editor, Styling & Communication. After months of hard work, this project in collaboration with The North Face was presented in September at the Orefici11 store in Milan -> click on the dedicated site THE FUTURE OF EXPLORATION, developed by The North Face.

The students worked in pairs crosswise the two courses, to a circular design project with a thought on the future of our planet, reinterpreting the brand’s vintage garments while giving them new life.

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ACM for the second year was invited to Milano UNICA (Hall 8) to present the projects of the Master in FABRICS INNOVATION DESIGN, course designed in collaboration with several Made in Italy manufacturing companies. The Master in Fabrics Innovation Design is aimed at shaping professional profiles related to creativity, innovative research, and fabric development, capable of linking design studios with suppliers in the development of a collection.

Thanks to the vision of Marco Mastroianni (Scientific Director of the Master program) and Erika D’Arcangelo (Director of the Master program), the course aims to foster research and experimentation in the areas of weaving, printing, sketching, finishing and design of textiles.

The Master program concentrates on innovation with a special focus on Sustainability and Responsible Innovation.

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During the inauguration of the Milan Campus, we created and exhibition of the best industry and personal projects of both our BA undergraduate and MA post graduate courses. Among all resonance was given to the Academic Master in Accessories Design.

The Master is in collaboration with some of the most important fashion houses, Made in Italy (FENDI, FERRAGAMO, FURLA).

The Master targets graduates who wish to complete/enhance their technical and cultural competences in bags, small leather goods, shoes, design and making.

From pattern making, to prototyping up to the final product, following the Academic/industry Projects.

The Master provides students with a 360-degree acknowledgement of the Accessories Industry with a “hands on approach”, enabling them to capture the entire value chain, while building their methodology, cultural platform, network, competences / skills and their own creative personal identity so to meet with confidence industry needs and to forecast the upcoming vision within the fashion sector.

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September was a month full of achievements for our students! Yonglin Xue and Maria Enrica Affinita, alumni of BA in Costume and Fashion were two of the winners of the prestigious International Lab of Mittelmoda – Fashion Award 2022, the well-known international fashion competition, reserved for designers and fashion students around the world. They  respectively won the “Italian Leather: a world of creative and sustainability” award, Yonglin with the “Kaleidoscope” collection, and the “Textile & Materials” award, Maria Enrica with Preferirei del verde tutto intorno”.


Sofia Masciotta, also alumna of the BA in Costume and Fashion, won the Milano Moda Graduate (MMG) 1st prize with her final project Ephyra. MMG is the annual fashion show promoted by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (Italian Chamber of Fashion) on the first day of Milan Fashion Week, in support of young talents. Ten are the main Italian fashion schools invited to participate with their students with a total of 18 exhibiting their creations.


Our costume design students (Ludovica Ottaviani, Matilde Annis, Stefano Ritrovato, Nora Sala, Carlotta Bufalini, Valentina Poli e Flavia Garbini),  achieved an historical milestone, by winning the most prestigious Italian Theater Award, (the “Oscars” of the Italian Theater) “Le Maschere del Teatro Italiano” which this year saw for the first time in its 20 years of activity, the nomination in the category of “BEST COSTUME DESIGNER” of students coming directly from school. The Award was given to our young costume designers of the BA in Costume and Fashion, for the costumes created for Luigi Pirandello’s “Il Berretto a Sonagli (The Rattle’s Cap), directed by Gabriele Lavia“.

ITS, Trieste:

Further gratification came from our alumnus Marco Anzil (BA in Costume and Fashion) at ITS, International Talent Support. Marco was selected a finalist in the “Accessories” category with his project “AC_DC: AVANTICRISTO/POPOCRISTO“, the only Italian student and the only Italian school in the entire selection.


Scylia Cheveaux, alumna of 1st level Master in Accessories design, previously winner of the LVMH Graduate Prize in Paris in 2018, after working at Louis Vuitton before launching her own brand in 2021, “10.2“, was selected last October among the finalists at one of the most important competitions in the world: the 37th edition of the Hyeres Festival.Moreover always with her brand “10.2“, Scylia was selected as finalist at WION, Who Is On Next, competition promoted by Vogue Italia and Alta Roma: 10.2 -> BLENDING TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP WITH A MORE CONTEMPORARY APPROACH, THE LUXURY LABEL IS THE REFLECTION OF A ‘CROSS-FASHION’ VISION, CHALLENGING CODES AND SURFING BETWEEN VARIOUS CULTURES… A PERSONAL TESTIMONY SHAPED FOR CITY VENTURERS LOOKING FOR BOTH PRACTICALITY AND AESTHETIC.


33 the number of semi-finalists of the 13th edition of FTY‘s competition for young knitwear designers and their creations. Every year, these designers who come from 14 different countries are matched with as many Italian spinners. This year’s theme was Feel the Green: to highlight the importance of sustainability for the textile sector and, above all, an opportunity to gather and showcase the views of young creators on this issue.

Congratulations go to Marie Nardi, alumna of our 1st level Master in Creative Knitwear Design, winner of the first prize that consisted in the creation a mini-collection made with the free collaboration of the Feel the Yarn spinners and some Italian knitwear manufacturers; distribution handled in collaboration with the Chamber of Showrooms of Milan (CSM)!

More congratulations go to her MA colleague Lis Bazan, finalist and for being awarded the second place!

TALENTS 2022, Rome:

Last July a selection of 15 students of the BA in Costume and Fashion, had the opportunity to present their final projects during Alta Roma, together with 3 students of the BA in Fashion Editor, Styling & Communication, TALENTS 2022; the designers participating with their no-season collections (men’s, women’s, accessories), while the communication students participating with their editorial projects. The winner of Talents 2022 was Lorenzo Castano with his menswear and womenswear collection “Black & Tulips“; Vincenzo Maria Silvano won the accessories category with his collection “Fisiognomica“, and Marianna Caliandro the Publishing category with her editorial project “Bodycopy“. Lorenzo Castano was also assigned the Pitti Tutoring & Consulting Award, by Luca Rizzi, Pitti Tutoring & Consulting Director.


During Alta Roma, Santo Costanzo, Coordinator of our Fashion Department and Director of the Master in Alta Moda, was awarded the Irene Brin prize, which since 1969 has been awarded every year to a former student who has distinguished himself/herself for high professional merits.


We began the year last January with the presentation of the projects of our 1st level Master in Creative Knitwear Design in Florence during Pitti Filati: the “Knitwear Parade“, a special event-installation of the Master. On Pitti Immagine Filati n. 90, from 2 to 4 February 2022, the students’ Final Works and Industry Projects were the protagonists of this special event at the entrance square of the Stazione Leopolda in Florence. Find out more directly from the Pitti Filati website, click on Pitti’s website, here.


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