Fashion Design & Accessories (Womenswear / Menswear)

Study Fashion Design & Accessories (Womenswear/Menswear) at Istituto Marangoni Firenze. This full-time undergraduate programme offers comprehensive knowledge of fashion and accessory design education and the skills needed to succeed in this industry.

Become fully qualified in the latest fashion and accessories design techniques and expand your career options. Covering clothing and accessories design, these three-year full-time courses encourage individual style and creativity, while also offering the chance to become multi-skilled fashion designers.

Participants begin by studying the language of ready to wear, progressing through all stages of the design process including hand sketching, fashion illustration and digital design, pattern making, pattern cutting and construction, right through to the finished garment or product.


  • Fashion drawing & illustration (2D, 3D)
  • Prototyping (lab & workshop) pattern cutting, maquette
  • Visual communication & professional presentation skills
  • Digital design & 3d printing
  • The study of fabrics and materials
  • Professional design portfolio & collection
  • Marketing & fashion business
  • Analysis and strategies of contemporary fashion
  • History of luxury & brand heritage


  • Fashion designer
  • Accessories designer
  • Fashion illustrator
  • Product manager
  • Trend forecaster/coolhunter


Participants who successfully complete this three-year course will be awarded with a First Level Academic Diploma. Recognised by MUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research) as an academic diploma equivalent to a university undergraduate level degree, participants will obtain 180 CFA (crediti formativi accademici) equivalent to 180 ECTS credits.

*The pathways available in Milano and Firenze ‘Fashion Design & Accessories with Womenswear Pathway’, ‘Fashion Design & Accessories with Menswear Pathway’ are a specialisation of the main course recognised by MUR ‘Fashion Design & Accessories’. The final diploma awarded will state the main course title.


Focusing on the womenswear and menswear industries, each course also investigates the intrinsic added values and characteristics of an accessories garment or product, understanding how to design products that create desire.

During the course participants are encouraged to experiment with new materials and technologies, negotiating for example the use of a flamboyant pairing of fabrics, renewable and sustainable resources, 3D printing or experimental cutting techniques, as well as evaluating fabric embellishment and details that make the ‘difference’ to a winning collection.

Research into fashion history and culture and historic references in art and dress further enhance creative thinking, meanwhile communication skills provide a professional approach in the negotiation and presentation of final design ideas to companies and new clients.

At the end of the course selected participants will attend a final graduation event or a fashion show that introduces collections or portfolios to an industry audience – a unique experience opening up industry networking career opportunities.

By selecting a preferred area of study participants have the opportunity to focus in more depth in Womenswear or Menswear during their programme:

Fashion Design & Accessories (Womenswear) – This programme provides a focus on femininity and the changing female silhouette by researching and questioning the impact of ‘shape-shifting’ design through masculinity vs. femininity, challenging tradition, looking at female empowerment and self-awareness and encouraging a real touch of creative flair in womenswear apparel and the competitive womenswear market.

Fashion Design & Accessories (Menswear) – While the division between men and women’s brands is crossing barriers with gender neutral brands, menswear is still a different fashion animal altogether. Not only considering fit, line and attention to detail, menswear designers need to have the creativity and flair to be able to connect with this distinct target audience. This programme also provides key notions in menswear patternmaking and tailoring skills essential to designing high-quality collections.


Year one
Information Technology Fundamentals
Fashion History and Culture
Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology of Fashion
Materials Science and Technology
Basic Design
Fashion Design I
Techniques of Visual Communication
Physics for Design
Image Digital Processing
History of Applied Arts
Representation Methods and Tools
Graphic Design
Free Study Activities
Foreign Language

Year two
History and Criticism of Contemporary Fashion
Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology of Fashion
Production Processes
Experimental Prototype Creation
Design Methods
Fashion Design II
History and Criticism of Contemporary Design
Fashion Product Technologies
Fashion Design Realization: Patterns
Integrated Product Design
Fashion Trend Forecasting
Perception Studies
Fashion Design Realization: Mannequins
Free Study Activities

Year three
Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology of Fashion
Fashion Collection Design
Product Design I
Economics and Fashion Marketing
Prototype Design Patterns
Product Design II
Realization of Experimental Prototypes
Economics and Business Management
Fashion Project Communication

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