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Accademia Costume & Moda


Accademia Costume & Moda has a long tradition in educating professionals for the Fashion, Performing Arts, Communication and Management, qualifying itself in the years as a centre of excellence for its didactic method. Founded in 1964 in Rome by Rosana Pistolese, costume and fashion historian, as well as costume designer for theater, television and cinema, as well as fashion and costume writer and publicist, with the patronage of the “Ministero del Lavoro e della Provvidenza Sociale”, the Municipality of Rome, ENALC and the “Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana”.


Thanks to the great talent and passion of its founder, the Academy has become over time “a laboratory of ideas and research, a meeting point for participation, communication and life”, establishing itself today among the 3 best fashion schools in the world. world for its three-year courses and masters in Fashion Design according to the The Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019″of The Business Of Fashion (BoF).

"Fashion and Costume can be considered two expressions of the same art. We like to think of them as also part of Human’s Culture and Nature. This is probably why society has always communicated its style through this Art as its meaningful and symbolic character. Custom and costume become the combination of the ever changing world of Fashion and the endless evolution of human life, marking the level of sensitivity of each era and culture.” Rosana Pistolese Founder of the Accademia di Costume e di Moda, 1964

“We consider Costume and Fashion two essential pillars of our culture. That’s why we chose to focus on both issues combining them with the surrounding worlds of design, culture, research, tradition, innovation, craftsmanship, product making shaping future professionals geared for the ever demanding industry. Favoured by a one and only opportunity offered by our exceptional location that has hosted us for the last 50 years: Rome.” Fiamma Lanzara Chairman of the Accademia di Costume e di Moda dal 1990

Accademia Costume & Moda provides study courses legally recognized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and falls within the sector of Higher Musical Artistic Education and Coreutica (AFAM).

Experimentation and culture, combined with design and craftsmanship, are the heart of the school, aimed at providing the Fashion System and the entertainment industry with professionals who are able to respond to the needs of companies.

The Accademia Alumni, after their academic career, enter the world of work by growing as professionals who work in the sector of Fashion and Costume, Multimedia Arts, Communication and Fashion Management, holding figures such as: Creative Directors, Head and Senior designer, Product Manager, Fashion Editor and Stylist and Costume Designer for large productions nationally and internationally.

It is currently the only Italian fashion school to have won three editions of the prestigious LVMH Graduate Prize during the 2016, 2018 and 2019 editions.