Duration

3 years

Credits

180

Start date

October

Language

Italian/English

Three year course Raffles Milano

Fashion design

A question of style

Duration

3 years

Credits

180

Start date

October

Language

Italian/English

Course leader

Cristina Ortiz

Learning by doing is the principle at the root of the three-year courses at Raffles Milano, a training experience that structures the mind, provides a solid technical foundation and unleashes a desire to broaden your life horizons.


Why?

Why?

The fashion system is a huge, articulated and sometimes unpredictable territory, where a sense for the classics manages to find common ground with the extremes of experimentation. There is no fool-proof recipe for success: it takes a readiness to work hard, together with the curiosity to learn and to measure up to the outside world and its thousands of cultures: haute couture, pop, ethno… It takes a really sharp eye – that has to be trained – capable of noticing the tiniest detail. An eye that is familiar with traditional methods of tailoring, but is not too sconed to suggest an impudent elegance.


Course leader

course leader

Course leader

Cristina Ortiz

Fashion designer

Born in Aragon, Spain, Cristina Ortiz spent the first sixteen years of her life in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, on a set made up of sun, sea and volcanoes: a perfect place for cultivating her creativity. After taking her diploma at the prestigious École de la chambre syndicale de la couture in Paris in 1986, she launched into a career that brought her to the top of the great international fashion houses. She served as creative director of Prada Woman until 1997, when she became the creative director for women’s ready-to-wear and accessories at Lanvin. She then followed up this experience by moving to Brioni as creative director of the women’s wear line, a position she held until 2008, when she moved to Ferragamo. Here she succeeded in the far from easy task of reviving the glamour and allure of Salvatore Ferragamo, restoring the brand’s long-established splendor while transforming it into a contemporary brand with a strong identity. Spontaneous, energetic and multicultural, she provides a voice for fashion that is elegant yet wearable, with no excess. She now continues to work with several brands, while at the same time conducting personal research focusing on launching her own line of jewellery.


Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities

The style scene and the professions involved in it are evolving radically, as traditional categories become porous. In addition to careers with fashion brands, alongside the great fashion designers (as assistant designer, pattern maker, production assistant, fashion stylist or fashion illustrator) or as a freelance, a series of crossover functions and opportunities are opening up at international level, linked to creativity, production, distribution and promotions. Knowing that you can count on a high-profile training is nearly always a trump card in these contexts.


Who should attend

Who should attend

This course is designed for candidates with a high school diploma and for students from Italian or foreign universities. Ideally, candidates are driven by a sincere passion for design, style and clothing and an urge to employ their own potential for designing, interpreting and communicating, as well as their innate abilities and talents, to build a career on the fashion scene. During the three years, students learn to interpret the world around them in ways that are not immediately self-evident, a skill they will be able to apply to great effect in future professional and creative contexts.


Curriculum

Curriculum

First year: elements that introduce students to the study of fashion design, general preparation. Second year: intermediate development of the topics and specific focuses. Third year: completion of the topics, final project and compilation of a portfolio. In particular, students analyse forms, silhouettes, materials, production processes, social factors and customs that underlie a conscious, articulated, original design process. The atmosphere in the classroom encourages students to express their individuality and explore new territories and contexts, including venturing beyond the pale.


Topics

Topics

  • Trend anticipating.
  • The fashion system.
  • Art and costume history.
  • Pattern making.
  • Fabrics and raw materials.
  • Clothing design.
  • Product development.
  • Fashion drawing.
  • Collage collection.
  • Marketing and research.

Design lecturers

Design lecturers

They are well-founded professionals, authors of projects that have made their mark, and with many years of teaching experience. They have a wide and truly international vision.
They are part of a cohesive and productive group, and they love discussing the progress of courses, the opportunities that present themselves on the run and the performance of individual students.

Venuccia De Russi

Venuccia De Russi

Pattern-maker

Saverio Palatella

Saverio Palatella

Designer

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Saverio Palatella first launched into his career in fashion in 1980, when he started attending the international school of Fashion Design at the Ecole Berçot in Paris. In 1990, Elle France included him among the top eight New European Fashion Designers, along with Marcel Marongiu, Katharine Hamnett, John Galliano, Martin Margiela, Jean Colonna, Rifat Ozbek and Dolce & Gabbana. He is one of the knitwear experts with the biggest following in the press and among buyers, focusing on transforming knitwear from an accessory to ready-to-wear. His runway shows narrate the concept of tricot couture, a trend that has been picked up by many other creatives, while his high-end products embody the value of a timeless Made in Italy. His primacy lies in his use of extra-high quality fibres, focusing attention on every detail. In communication, he has explored far and wide to discover ways to meet the public’s emotions, partnering with artists of the theatre, of music, of art and of video art. He has also worked as a consultant with such brands as Gentry Portofino, Dupont, Shima Seiki, Malo and Lamberto Losani.
Michel Lund

Michel Lund

Designer

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Michel Lund was born in Copenhagen and in 1992 was the first Danish student to be accepted in the Masters of Art course at the Central Saint Martins School in London, under the wing of Louise Wilson. After completing his studies, he started working as a freelance textile designer with Balenciaga, where Josephus Thimister was creative director. In 1994, he was called over to New York to design the Ben Kahn collection of furs together with Nicolas Petrou, a project that earned him the cover of Women’s Wear Daily. In 1996, he was back in Paris, working as first assistant to Josephus Thimister, who opened his own maison in 1997 with the blessing of Vogue US, which described it as “the house of the future of haute couture”. In 2000, he moved over to Lanvin, where he worked first as creative assistant to Cristina Ortiz, then as a designer. In 2006, Cristina Ortiz brought him to Milan to design the Brioni women’s wear collection and also asked him to accompany her when she transferred to Salvatore Ferragamo in 2007, where he was subsequently appointed Head Designer for women’s wear by the new creative director Massimiliano Giornetti.
Pina Gandolfi

Pina Gandolfi

Fashion & Style Editor

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Fashion & style editor with Rolling Stone magazine’s Italian edition, in the course of her career Pina Gandolfi has specialised in creative research and preparation of the publication’s image, working in close contact with the marketing and editorial managers. She has partnered with many of the most important international photographers and art directors working on the fashion and cosmetics scene, sharing various magazines’ strategic decisions and editorial policies. She made her debut on the fashion scene in the eighties, when she worked with Amica, Lei, Vogue Bambini and Donna magazines as a fashion feature and cover editor. From 1990 to 1992, she was creative manager with the Barbara Falanga agency, then from 1993 to 1996 she contributed to Donna, Moda Uomo and Donna & Bambini magazines, before eventually moving to Anna (which subsequently changed its name to A), a magazine where she remained until 2011 as fashion projects manager. From 2011 to 2014, she was fashion editor with Myself magazine and since 2015 has been contributing editor for features and special articles about Italian and international fashion with Vanity Fair.
Andrea Diletto

Andrea Diletto

Tailor

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Born in Germany in 1981 to Italian parents, Andrea Diletto is a leading figure in international bespoke tailoring. From 1999 to 2002, he studied at the B. Kehrer Fashion School in Stuttgart. Since he has always taken a passionate interest in bespoke tailoring, he then decided to develop on his knowledge of craft techniques, and he enrolled in 2006 enrolling in a specialisation apprenticeship with the tailor A. Caraceni in 2006. In 2011, he opened his own tailoring workshop in Milan, Sartoria Diletto, whose hallmark is a blend of tradition, craftsmanship, uniqueness, innovation and research. In 2015, he partnered with Candiani Denim to win top place on the podium at the Global Denim Awards, piecing together a haute couture project around denim and so enabling the excellence and inventiveness of Made in Italy to triumph. Flanked by one of the youngest teams of professionals in the sector, he has succeeded in building up an international reputation and ensuring that his luxury products feature in the wardrobes of all the best-known and most admired gentlemen.
Sergio Salerni

Sergio Salerni

Art Director

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Sergio Salerni has an important background in making advertising videos for a variety of sectors, building on this experience to make his mark on the scene of fashion and global luxury as a director and visionary creative. He took his first steps as long ago as 1985, when he founded the video production company Videogang in Milan, which is now flanked by Urban Production, a multitasking structure that carries out events and projects worldwide related to the fashion scene in Milan, Paris and the new capitals of luxury, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai, New York and Hong Kong. In the course of his career, he has directed runway shows for Versace, Valentino and Gianfranco Ferré and his reportage videos have travelled the world. What has enabled him to achieve these milestones is a unique blend of charisma, professional skills, a focus on the component of dream and imagination… and a pinch of creative folly. The New York Times once described him as “the wizard behind Versace”. He has conceived projects for many leading brands, including Dolce&Gabbana, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Diesel and CP Company, as well as several up-and-coming stylists. He is the Italian partner of the worldwide Fashion TV channel.
Maria Candida Gentile

Maria Candida Gentile

Mâitre parfumeur

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Maria Candida Gentile graduated in Pharmacy from the University of Florence in 1982, then took a diploma in perfumery from the High School of Perfumery in Grasse, in Provence, in 2001, studying in the ASFO laboratory in Grasse with Carol André. In 2002, she worked in the Aveda Research and Development Department and in 2003 became a Mâitre parfumeur, the first Italian from her school to win this accolade. She started creating perfumes in 2005 and in 2009 created her own line of six perfumes (it now numbers eighteen) using natural raw materials. In the same year, Michael Edwards included her line in the perfume bible Fragrances of the World. In 2010, the neuroscientist Luca Turin described her as the only nose with the ability to create perfumes with her heart, as the great French perfumiers used to do in the forties and fifties of the last century, comparing her to Jean Guerlain. In 2013, her perfume Lady Day won the Fifi Award in New York. In 2016, she received a nomination from UCLA in Los Angeles for her perfume Elephant and Roses.
Giovanni Pelloso

Giovanni Pelloso

Historian and photography critic

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A journalist and photography critic who writes for the ViviMilanosupplement to the leading national daily newspaper Corriere della Sera, Giovanni Pelloso has worked on publishing projects with Mondadori Portfolio (he was the author of the piece dedicated to Mario De Biasi, Giorgio Lotti and Angelo Cozzi), with Hachette and with Canon Italia. A co-author of the Dizionario mondiale della fotografia (Rizzoli/Contrasto, 2002), he is a contributor to the monthly magazines NPhotography and Photo Professional and is editor in chief of the long-established magazine Il Fotografo. He has held workshops and seminars about photography at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples, the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia and the Contrasto agency. His research interests focus on the theory and practice of the sociology of consumption and of advertising. Working as a contract lecturer, he has been teaching and conducting research since 2005 at the Faculty of Communication Sciences and of Entertainment at the IULM University in Milan. He has been lecturing in photography at the LAO since 2013 and is an associate researcher at the Milan Civic Aquarium.
Luigi Ciuffreda

Luigi Ciuffreda

Architect

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Born in 1981, Luigi Ciuffreda studied architecture and design at the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design in Orleans and at Milan Polytechnic, where he graduated in 2006 with a specialisation in museography and exhibition design for cultural heritage. From 2005 to 2007, he worked as an expert in the subject in the Interior Design workshops at the Milan Polytechnic Faculty of Design and, from 2013 to 2017, he lectured in design and exhibition design at the Milan Academy of Communication. He now operates in a variety of permutations of the field of design: product design, retail design, interior architecture an exhibition design. His more notable recent projects include the museographical design at the Lapidary Museum of Monte Sant’Angelo and the signage for the new NAS Arena stadium in Dubai. Since 2006, he has been a consultant with Buratti Architects, where he has collaborated on projects for B&B Italia, Fontana Arte, Living Divani, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Porro, Tecno, Lamborghini, Ducati, Husqvarna, La Perla and Gebrüder Thonet of Vienna. Along with his professional activities, he devotes some of his time to personal research into illustration and graphic design.
Luisa Milani

Luisa Milani

Graphic designer

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After graduating in Communication Design from Milan Polytechnic in 2005, Luisa Milani started working in the Leftloft graphic design office, where she stayed for five years and where she also achieved the realisation that graphic design is a passion for her first and only then also a job of work. She then founded La Tigre in 2009, an office that has worked successfully both in Italy and internationally from the very start. Over the years, the clients she has had the opportunity to develop projects for include The New York Times, The Guardian, Wired, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, IBM, Zucchi, Bassetti, ENI, Il Sole 24 Ore and Mondadori. After several years as an assistant at Milan Polytechnic and running several workshops, she started teaching in Turin in 2015. In 2012, she was named among the Young Guns by the Art Directors Club of New York. In 2014, she redesigned the logo of The Independent. In 2015, she received an acknowledgement from the Type Directors Club of New York and in 2016 one of her designs was selected as a finalist by the SPD, the Society of Publication Designers.
Lia Luzzatto

Lia Luzzatto

Color consultant

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After graduating with full marks from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Lia Luzzatto continued her studies, exploring the fields of fashion and specialising in hardcopy and digital chromatic communication. She now works as a colour consultant in many fields, writes books, takes part in seminars and teaches. Because of its symbolic, communicative, psychological and sensory complexity, colour is a vital resource in every visual context. Lia Luzzatto lectures in Colour Theory at the Academy of Communication and the Luxury Lab in the Academy of Luxury in Milan. Writing together with Renata Pompas, whom she met attending Luigi Veronesi’s lectures in chromatology at the Academy, she has published numerous books about colour that are constantly going through reprints for publishers including Hoepli, Il Castello and Bompiani. She is a founder member of the Italian Colour Association’s Colour Group and is a member of its Presidency Council and Scientific Committee. Previously a member of the CISST – Italian Centre for Studying the History of Fabrics – and of ADI, she is currently a member of the ECD Environmental Colour Design of Buenos Aires and of the Stockholm-based Colour Study Group.
Cesare Maria Cunaccia

Cesare Maria Cunaccia

Writer / Journalist


Born in Trento in 1962, Cesare Maria Cunaccia graduated in Architecture with a focus on history from the IUAV University in Venice, then in Literature with an artistic focus from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, before taking a PhD at the Sorbonne in Paris, investigating mannerist culture and artistic relationships between Italy and Fontainebleau in the era of the last kings of the Valois dynasty. He has authored a substantial number of books about the Italian and European artistic and environmental heritage, the history of fashion, photography and the contemporary semantics of fashion and has curated numerous exhibitions, including the Fashion and Photography section of La Danza delle Avanguardie, at the MART in Rovereto in 2004, together with Franca Sozzani. An outstanding feature of his journalism is his longstanding work with Vogue Italia and l’Uomo Voguemagazines, both of which he served for several years as Editor-at-large, and with AD Italia as Art and Antiques Consultant. He currently contributes to Il Giornale and Giornale Stile and is Senior Editor with Lampoon. He lectures in two Masters courses in fashion and communication at the LUISS University in Rome.
Giuseppe Ardrizzo

Giuseppe Ardrizzo

Epistemologist


After working in the publishing industry for a series of different publishers, Giuseppe Ardrizzo started teaching as a lecturer in the Theory of Knowledge. He was responsible for scientific research at the Majise CIES School of Advanced Studies in the University of Calabria until 2009. He has lectured and held seminars in the universities of Bergamo, Forlì, Chieti, Palermo, Potenza, and Urbino. A member of the New York Academy of Science and of several national scientific committees, he contributed to the publication of Ragioni di confinePrecorsi dell’innovazione (Il Mulino, 2002), Governare l’innovazione (Rubbettino, 2003) and L’esilio del tempo (Meltemi, 2003) and has authored numerous essays, including Perspective and Metrics of Time, in Claudio Rossi, Tempos in Science and Nature, Annals of the N. Y. Academy of Science, 1999, New Epistemologies in a Changing Media Environment, in Pier Cesare Rivoltella (ed.) Digital Literacy (New York, 2008), Innovare lo sguardo, in News IH (Siena, 2008) and Appunti per il Terzo millennio (Retecamere, 2012).
Jean Marie Ardu
Project

Jean Marie Ardu

Fashion designer


Firms

Firms

In nearly thirty years of work, the Raffles Group has built up a substantial network of partners that participate in our three-year and Masters courses. These firms’ reputations and the quality of the relationships e have developed with them are a guarantee of a decidedly fertile meeting between education and business.

Adidas, Aigner, B&O - Bang & Olufsen, Boucheron, Brother, Bulgari, Burberry, C&A, Cartier, Chanel, Chloé, Design Business Chamber Singapore, Diesel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Elle, Fendi, Fujifilm, Furniture Design Award Singapore, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Heinz, Hermes, Hogan, HP Technology, HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, IKEA, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kohler, Lear Corporation, Lego, Li & Fung, L'Oréal, Louis Vuitton, LVMH, Mahogany, Max Mara, MediaCorp, Metro, Michael Kors, Microsoft, Nippon Paint, Nokia, Orchard Road Business Association, Pepsi, Philips, Prada, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Redworks, Richemont, Richmond, Rolex, Saatchi & Saatchi, Saint Laurent Paris, Samsung, Shiseido, Siemens, Singapore Furniture Industries Council, Singapore Jewellers Association, Sony Pictures, Standard Chartered, Textile & Fashion Federation, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, Versace, Y&R, Yves Saint Laurent.


Monday Talks

Monday talk

Every Monday evening at 6.00 p.m., Raffles Milano invites its students to meet one of the major personalities who walk the stage of design, style and design culture. Hearing the stories and ideas that influence the market and drive our mindset – straight from the horse’s mouth – is an amazing opportunity that adds substance to our academic programmes. Here is the agenda of meetings for the coming year.