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Accademia Costume & Moda (ACM), est. 1964 in Rome, ranked n.11 by The Business of Fashion (BoF) Global Fashion School Rankings 2017 for both Undergraduate Fashion and Graduate Fashion courses, strengthens its academic team appointing Barbara Trebitsch as new Director of Academic Programmes.

Barbara Trebitsch will work side by side with Director of Education Adrien Roberts, Graduate Fashion Week (London) International Trustee, contributing in research, innovation and development of academic contents. She will also support ACM in the development of new industry and academic partnerships, both nationally and internationally. ACM is already working with more than 80 companies such as Maison | Design Studios and Makers (Italian manufacturering | Made in Italy). As a result of these deep industry relationships, ACM is continuously improving the quality of its academic offer leading to job placement rates close to 90% (as a % of total student population), equipping its students with a strong cultural platform, research & design knowledge, technical competence and industry relations.

Thanks to her long-time experience in Fashion Education, Barbara will have a key role in managing the existing ACM corpus of projects and contents, and to push forward and enhance the didactic quality.

“Accademia is about People. Not numbers, People. Barbara is a special human being. I’m sure that her sensitivity, experience, intelligence and drive, will contribute to our vision, supporting us in making it happen”, Lupo Lanzara, Deputy Chairman ACM.

“We believe that Barbara will bring an all-round experience, professionally and academically, strengthening ACM’s position as a benchmark among the global fashion schools for its academic contents, industry relations, student care and contemporary academic philosophy”, Furio Francini, CEO ACM.

“I’m honoured to be in Rome as part of the team of Accademia Costume & Moda. This institution has a unique vision, an incomparable passion and an approach to people which is fundamental to support students in their growth. Being part of the Accademia, defines an important step in my career, a choice of quality to which I wish to contribute. New technologies and the challenge of sustainability and ethics are among the most affecting themes on our sector. I believe that we can’t bring any innovation without the unique roots that are present here at ACM in their highest expression. My aim is to integrate these and other themes to the DNA of ACM, maintaining continuity in the existing vision, working together with an excellent team in a constant progression of contents, processes and projects”, Barbara Trebitsch, Director of Academic Programmes ACM.

Barbara Trebitsch worked as Senior Head of Academic Projects at Domus Academy and NABA, and Dean of Global Art and Design Academy (GADA) at East China Normal University of Shanghai, from 2016 to March 2018.

She was head of the Fashion School of Domus Academy for 16 years, managing and planning the programmes for the Master’s in Fashion Design, Accessories Design-Shoes, Leather goods and Jewellery, Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising, Fashion Management, Luxury Brand Management. As Head of the Fashion School and Director of the Fashion Programmes at Domus Academy, she worked together with brands such as: Antonio Berardi, Costume National, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Damir Doma, Napapijri, Nike, 7 For All Mankind, Swarovski, Moncler, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Vogue Italy, Timberland, Tod’s Group, Stone Island, Swarovski. She is also member of the Academic Council of Ixel Moda (Latin-American academic association), of the Educational Board of Arts Thread and she is also in the Commission of experts who select candidates for the medal given by MAM Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere (Fondazione Cologni dei Maestri d’Arte).

She took part to the selecting committee of Project Runway Italy. Together with London College of Fashion, Parsons School of Design and IFM Paris, she is among the founders of the Fashion Colloquia, an international academic network which promotes talks and conferences on Fashion and Education.

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