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Why Your Fashion Studies Should Be "Made in Milan"

This article was written by Accademia del Lusso

Milan, Italy’s undisputed fashion capital and one of the world’s biggest fashion powers, is among the best places to choose for studying fashion, design, and luxury abroad. Here’s why.

"Milan has long been considered a global fashion force, and it’s easy to see why."

"Made in Italy": A Guarantee of Style and Quality

"Made in Italy" is an instant guarantee of authentic, top-quality, elegant products with heritage, expertise, and true craftsmanship behind them.

The "Made in Italy" brand has been used since 1980 to distinguish Italian products (fashion, food, furniture, and mechanical engineering in particular) as being high in quality, with superior attention to detail, elegant style, and a historical tradition in manufacturing. The brand is known and appreciated worldwide, and is protected, regulated, and promoted by Italian and international organisations such as the Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Google Cultural Institute. 

"Made in Italy" fashion is not only one of the most valuable Italian brands, but also one of the most successful businesses across the globe.

The Italian fashion industry was valued around €66.6 billion in 2018 (a growth of 2.8 percent on the previous year) and enjoys an outstanding performance year after year. "Made in Italy" fashion brands have been granted great success across the international markets thanks to the strength that "Made in Italy" encompasses and the excellence it conveys.

What better place to study fashion design abroad than the home of "Made in Italy"? Choosing Milan to study fashion means gaining a first-hand insight into the workings and traditions of this lucrative business and acquiring the same expertise that has been passed down from generation to generation of "Made in Italy" professionals and that has made the brand so successful.

Front row shot at a fashion show

Milan: Italian and International Fashion Capital

Milan has long been considered a global fashion force, and it’s easy to see why: the city is home to numerous Italian and international high fashion maisons, prestigious museums such as the Triennale Design Museum and the Fondazione Prada, and exclusive fashion & design schools. Furthermore, many important sector events are held in Milan such as the Fashion Week, prêt-à-porter and haute couture fashion shows.

The most exclusive luxury shopping area in Milan is the Quadrilatero della moda fashion district, formed by the Corso Venezia, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga, and the prestigious Via Montenapoleone streets. A major destination for fashion lovers everywhere, from international celebrities to those who just walk along to gaze at the trend-setting window designs, this famed fashion quarter hosts many of the world’s most renowned showrooms, ateliers, boutiques, and the flagship stores of the world’s most successful luxury brands and designers, including Armani, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as Jimmy Choo, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari, and Roberto Cavalli, just to name a few.

What better place to study fashion than an international fashion capital? Fashion students in Milan are constantly surrounded by trends and influences, offering a truly authentic, stimulating, and inspirational study experience.

A "Made in Italy" Education

Italy boasts a long tradition in education, with the University of Bologna believed to be the oldest university in the world. Bologna is still a leader in innovation and academic excellence and was the founding city of the forward-looking Bologna Process. Furthermore, Italian education and qualifications are esteemed worldwide, and offer great opportunities for employment across the world. Studying in Italy means being a part of this tradition and enjoying all the benefits an Italian education has to offer. Many of the fashion & design schools in Milan offer the opportunity to study directly in English alongside international students from all corners of the globe.

What better place to study than an esteemed centre for innovative education that also teaches and respects tradition? Studying in Italy means becoming part of a wider education system that offers worldwide entry into the job market.

Atrium of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

Student Life

Milan offers an excellent student life experience. Students can enjoy world-renowned Italian cuisine in restaurants that range from small, family-run cafes to elegant fine dining experiences; they benefit from the warmth of Italian hospitality (and weather!); and they are offered vibrant nightlife in Milan. Shops close late in Italy, and in the evenings the streets are full of life with an array of bars, cafes and clubs hosting events and offering entertainment all year round and to suit all tastes, from the compulsory aperitif to a night out at one of the exclusive venues frequently visited by VIPs.

Milan also offers excellent transport links to the rest of Italy, and thus to a wealth of locations, experiences and landmarks, from ski resorts to beaches and the 55 world heritage sites the country has to offer.

Milan: The Natural Choice

By choosing to study fashion in Milan, students are guaranteed direct access to one of the world’s most important fashion systems; constant exposure to the latest trends in fashion; world-famous fashion events all year round; prestigious fashion and luxury brands and businesses right on their doorstep; the opportunity to attend a high-quality school of fashion & design; an excellent standard of student life; and a real step-up into the world of work in the fashion and luxury sector. Milan is the natural choice for all those who want to study and work in fashion.

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Accademia del Lusso is a school of fashion & design in Milan, and offers high-level training that is both innovative and creative. Since its founding in 2005, it has acted as the meeting place between the demands of the job market — always on the lookout for ever-more specific professional profiles — and the aspirations of those who wish to embark on a career with the big names in fashion, luxury, and high-end products. The school’s main location is situated on Via Montenapoleone in Milan, an essential destination for all those who want to work as true professionals in the sector.

Last update: 15 Aug 2019

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