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Project Leader: Maurizio Galante
Master in Alta Moda, Fashion Design a.y. 2021/2022

In collaboration with Maurizio Galante.

Italian fashion designer Maurizio Galante, alumnus of Accademia Costume & Moda, is one of the most respected Parisian couturiers. Over the past 30 years, his creative talent has earned him  numerous prestigious awards in Italy, France and beyond. In 2008 he was made ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres à Paris’ by the Ministry of Culture for his contribution to the French fashion industry. He has presented his haute couture collections in Paris since 1991 as an official member of the very closed circle of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, a prestigious group of Parisian fashion houses. His vision emphasises the meeting point between the different disciplines of design, architecture, fashion, and art. His creations, in many aeras it addresses, are “objects of desire”, “conversation pieces” created to elicit emotions. His inspiration and his approach embrace and transfigure traditional craftsmanship in exquisite designs, stylish and contemporary.


Conceived by Maurizio Galante, the project askes for an investigation to the  fundamental aspect of haute couture and, through this process, to work with a wider design methodology. A contemporary designer must be able to interpret the time in which he lives and works, intercept the evolving world, translate the unspoken desires of their clients. This project starts from the analysis of the personality of an inspiring Muse, followed by in-depth research to support students in the development of one’s own interpretation, one’s own voice placed in direct relationship with the object of creation.

Identity is the key word to develop the project, the identity of a “customer” around which the methodology applied to the project revolves. The research will therefore be complex, alongside the analysis of the “person” the student is required to have a vision, a personal and possibly visionary interpretation nurtured by profound conceptual research.  The ultimate goal is to create an outfit designed for the muse and, consequently, the balance between design identity and customer identity is of fundamental importance. In this case, the technique assumes an important value and will guide the project development process through hands-on experimentation.

Each student was requested to create a Workbook, complete with analysis of the muse, iconographic and in-depth research aimed at synthesizing and presenting the concept of the project complete with initial and development sketches. Also, to propose capsule collection of 20 outfits of Alta Moda with boards detailing materials and other elements with digital presentation illustrating the full process.

The Muses were present to the Final presentation of the student’s projects.

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