Raffles Milano Istituto Moda e Design
Three-years Course RM Istituto Moda e Design

Fashion Design

A matter of style
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.
3 years
Start date

Course leader

Maria Canella
Fashion historian
PhD in History of European Society, he taught "Contemporary History" and "History of Fashion" at the University of Milan. In addition to the history of costume and fashion, she is an expert in the history of the city and the territory. Curator of editorial series, conferences and exhibitions, author of books and essays on magazines, she has collaborated with many brands for the management of archives and the enhancement of cultural heritage, among them: Rinascente, Missoni, Fiorucci, Ferragamo, Curiel, Giorgio Correggiari, Biki, Jole Veneziani, Germana Marucelli, Italo Sport, Sergio Tacchini, Andrea Pfister, Calzoleria Rivolta, Sutor Mantellassi, Barbara Vitti, Walter Albini, Alberto Lattuada.

Fashion design:
designing clothes, accessories and lifestyles


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.

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

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.


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.


– 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.

Student of the Year

At the end of each academic year, Raffles Milano rewards the best talent of every course and every year. The award is given to the student who has distinguished him- or herself in terms of his/her academic career and portfolio, according to the assessment both of an internal committee of teachers and of an external committee of professionals who are invited to assess the portfolio (the student’s anonymity is protected).


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.

Orio Vergani
Gallerist / Curator
After his humanistic studies, Vergani trained himself as a scholar while he worked in a record shop. A brief experience in the world of design led him to become Luigi Settembrini and Francesca Sorace’s assistant in the year 2000 during their collaboration with the Cosmit for the exhibition “1951-2001, Made in Italy?”. In 2001, he founded Nowhere, the first example of a nomad exhibition space, and organised exhibitions in Milan, Paris, and Florence with this format. In 2003, he opened a permanent office in Milan, thus giving substance to his research activity in the field of contemporary art. During the same year, and until 2006, he worked as an editorial consultant for Skira. From 2007 to 2013 he was the Vice President of Startmilano, a sectorial association for the diffusion of contemporary art and culture. He has been writing about art for the newspaper Il Giorno/QN since 2009.
Lia Luzzatto
Color consultant
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.
Marco Rossano
Documentary-maker and visual sociologist, Rossano deals with visual sociology and anthropology at the University of Barcelona, where he concluded a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2016. In 2002, he graduated in Law at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II and three years later he obtained his Diploma of specialiation in cinema direction at the Centre d’Estudis Cinematografics de Catalunya. In 2006, he attended and concluded the Master’s Course in Management for Showbusiness at the SDA Bocconi in Milan. An expert in video-making and in the organisation of cultural and theatre events, he has worked at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano (2006) and at the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (2009-2010). Rossano is the author of documentaries that have participated in various international festivals and is an arduous writer of academic articles and short stories. His research activity falls within the disciplinary field of Sociology and Anthropology, in connection with audiovisual methodologies and techniques.
Laura Lisi
Translator / Interpreter
Translator, conference interpreter and professor of English language, she graduated in English Language and Literature at the University of Aarhus and accomplished a research PhD in Theory of Translation at the University of Milan. She has been teaching both in Italian and international universities and in corporate contexts for 15 years. This experience gave her the chance to be able to deal with students from different cultures and educational backgrounds, with the aim to make them reach a good language level for several social and professional operating contexts. Besides, she works as Project Manager for important translation assignments and interpreting projects. She released monographies on language didactics and contributed to numerous academic papers in this field.
Davide Calluori
Digital artist
Born in Syracuse, in Sicily in 1978, Davide Calluori graduated in Art from the DAMS school in Bologna, then moved to Milan, where he took a diploma in Graphic Design from the Accademia di Comunicazione. He started his professional career at DLV BBDO as an art director. He then developed an interest in creating and producing images for printing. He became the manager for the post-production, 3D and illustration department. At the beginning of 2016, he teamed up with Daniele Tribi and Francesco Van Straten to establish B612Studio, a structure that works with illustration, 3D, post-production and photography. The clients he has completed projects for include Yamaha, Freddy, Cam, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Institute, Che Banca!, Bayer, Telecom, Sky and Audi. His work appeared in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions of the 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide Annual Award and of the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide Annual Award published by Lürzer’s Archive.
Paolo Orlandi
After his studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, he started producing images that combined classical techniques with modern digital tools. The study of the “sign” allowed him to operate in various fields in communication: he has illustrated monographic books for publishing houses, self-help manuals for De Agostini, and illustrated catalogues for Sharai. Since 2016, he has been collaborating with Mediaset as a visualizer in the creation of storyboards. At the same time, he collaborates with several advertising agencies and publishes his own underground comic books. In 2017, he met Francesco Vezzoli – a meeting which catapulted him into the world of contemporary art as he lent his hand to the artist in the performance “Take my tears” within the itinerating collective performance “Take me I’m yours” staged in the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan and repeated in 2018 in Villa Medici in Rome.
Maria Canella
Fashion historian
Ph.D. in History of European Society, she teaches “Fashion history and documentation” and “Fashion publishing and communication” at the Università degli Studi di Milano. Apart from her expertise in the history of fashion and dress, Canella is also an expert on the history of the city and the territory. Editor of various collections of books and conferences, she also collaborated with many brands in managing their historical archives and enhancing their heritage: Biki, Jole Veneziani, Germana Marucelli, sartoria Franco, Curiel, Giorgio Correggiari, Fiorucci, Missoni, Italo Sport, Sergio Tacchini, conceria Stefania, Andrea Pfister, Calzoleria Rivolta, Sutor Mantellassi, Ferragamo, Barbara Vitti, Pia Soli, Associazione Italiana Pellicceria, Walter Albini, Alberto Lattuada. Among her more recent publications are: Sport e stile. 150 anni d’immagine al femminile (Sport and style. 150 years of the female image), Skira; Dalla sartoria al prêt-à-porter (From tailoring to prêt-à-porter), in Consumi della vita quotidiana, il Mulino; Sant Ambroeus. Il dolce salotto di Milano (Sant Ambroeus. Milan’s sweet “salotto”), Skira; Franco il sarto dalle linee semplici (Franco the tailor of simple lines), Nexo; lR 100 Rinascente Stories of Innovation, Skira; La rivoluzione nei negozi Fiorucci (Revolution in Fiorucci Stores), in Epoca Fiorucci, Musei dei Venezia.
Hendrik Fokkema
Fashion designer
After graduating from the Academy of Art in Enschede (Netherlands), he left Holland to go to Italy with the dream of working in a fashion design studio. He started with Walter Albini and was later hired as Luciano Soprani’s assistant where he learned to build a fashion collection and had a chance to broaden his knowledge of high-quality made-in-Italy fabrics working back-to-back with the best textile manufacturers. His encounter with Elisabetta Grossi made him decide to share his professional trajectory and to start an entrepreneurial activity opening his own studio with Elisabetta in Milan. He collaborated for several seasons with the associates of the “Ente Comitato Moda” where he was in charge of developing fabric trends. At the same time, he provided the same type of consultancy, with the addition of accessories (buttons, embroideries, trimmings), for Milano Unica – leading international fair in Italian textile manufacturing – and integrated this activity with collaborations as a fashion designer for several Italian and international companies in the fashion industry (Deni Cler, Gruppo Coin, Antonio Fusco, Isaia).
Christian Boaro
Fashion designer
Christian Boaro studied Fashion design in Milan, where he graduated in Fashion Design at the Istituto Marangoni. In 2004 he stood out as the only Italian finalist in the international contest for young talents, ITS Talent. He debuted in his professional career working for fashion brands like Versace and Dolce & Gabbana and then continued his professional growth working alongside Gianfranco Ferré, where he designed the line Gf Ferré. Later, he moved on to MSGM, where he coordinated the menswear and womenswear lines. In 2012, he was appointed head designer at Ports 1961, where he worked on all the womenswear collections. In 2015, the Cadidl group hired him as Art Director to relaunch the historical French brand Philippe & Gaston. In 2018, the PlasMA in Milan hosted his first photography exhibition of polaroid shots. Boaro currently collaborates as a freelance designer with several fashion companies.
Gianluca Ferrauto
His professional career has given him the chance to gain experience in different fields: from communication to financing service. He has successfully developed a new business and at the same time renewed new commercial networks and company organizations. He has a peculiar attitude towards strategic thinking, from team work to talent honing and management. As a Coach Manager, he is truly a remarkable specialist of relationships for the development and acquisition of fundamental self-awareness. He has had numerous managerial roles in important Italian and international companies ranging from Commercial Manager in Mondadori Advertising to General Manager in Cemit Interactive Media, and he has been the General Manager in Condé Nast. After a few years in consulting, he came back to the company field as a Managing Director and as CEO of Cerved's Finservice Group.
Fiorenza Spezzapria
Fashion designer
In 1988, Fiorenza Spezzapria opened a studio in Milan for collaborations with Italian and international companies. After graduating from IED in Milan with a specialisation in textile design, she started to collaborate with several companies in the industry, such as Callaghan, Basile, Hettabretz, Comitato Moda Italiano, Luciana Zuffi, Brioni, Five Fox Japan, Yinger Group, Nali International, Milano Unica-Boglioli, etc. Her mission is creating “made-to-measure” projects for her clients, from seasonal trends to collection development, all the way to the final presentation, offering the right balance of creativity, market-knowledge, and new technologies.
Gianni Rizzotti
A photographer in fashion and advertising, specialised in portraits, he has been collaborating since the beginning of his career with international agencies such as Armando Testa, Leo Burnett, Bcube, JWT, and has worked on projects for important brands in fashion and advertising (Versace, Gianfranco Ferré, Fiat, Nara Camicie, Barcklays, Mattel, Sony Italia, Ferrero, Lego, Volkswagen, San Pellegrino, Pepsi Cola, Red Bull, Alfa Romeo) as well as renowned publishers like L’Officiel India , Condé Nast, Mondadori, Rizzoli, Arbiter. He has published four photography books: Nata per Viaggiar (Born to Travel) (2009) is dedicated to Nara Camicie; About Us (2011), a collection of portraits of 70 international protagonists in the world of custom-made Harley Davidsons. Occhio alla moto (Look out for the bike) (2011) portrays famous Italian people as they had never been seen before; and in Beyond the Chef (2013, edizioni Skira), 35 international starred chefs are portrayed in an ironic and surreal manner. For his work in Beyond the Chef, Rizzotti received the Positive Photography Experience Award at the Positive Business Awards organized in the “Scuola di Palo Alto” in Milan in June 2014. In 2015, he presented the exhibition Shapes in action, where he explored naked female art in large-format works.
Carlo Barbieri
Pattern-maker manager
Pattern maker manager, Barbieri graduated in 1982 as an industrial pattern maker at CFP in Carpi, Italy. For nine years, he collaborated as a manual and CAD industrial pattern maker at Maska, where he was in charge of the plus-size womenswear lines. Later, he entered the Max Mara group, where he managed the pattern making and tailoring departments for thirteen years and was responsible for some of the first womenswear lines of the brand. He then moved on to an experience as Pattern Maker Manager at Liu Jo and currently holds the same position at Twinset Milano. Throughout his career, he has collaborated as a pattern-making and fashion design teacher with the main fashion institutes in Italy.
Massimiliano Spadola
Fashion designer
He took his first professional steps in some wool studios in the Biella area, a worldwide known district for its excellence in the material. In the 90s, he attended Istituto Marangoni in Milan where, in 1994, he graduated in Fashion Design. After his studies, he worked as a designer in Sergio Tacchini, dealing with the male sportswear collection. There, he had the chance to develop an understanding of how an entire collection is created. His next experience was in Versace where worked for four years, and then he moved to Gianfranco Ferré Style Office where, for seven years, he has dealt with raw materials, both men and women product development. Today, he deals with research and development for Made in Italy collections for Asian companies.
Federico Piaggi & Stefano Citron
Fashion designers
After their artistic studies and respective professional experiences in Valentino Couture and Krizia, they established their partnership in Mila Schön in the 90s, working for almost a decade as consultants, first and creative director, then, dealing with prêt-à-porter and haute couture collections’ design, retail management and advertising. Then, they took on the creative directions of many brands, such as Byblos, Blumarine and Anna Molinari and worked in the Style Office of Gianfranco Ferré, one of the best masters of Made in Italy. Their relationship with the stylist was significant both from a professional and human point of view. They were entrusted with the creative direction of man and woman GFFerrè line. After the premature death of Ferrè, they were appointed brand creative directors. Today, Piaggi and Citron still work as freelancers, collaborating with many companies such as Sobia Rykiel, Les Copains, Genny, Peserico, Cruciani and, more recently, Piazza Sempione.
Paolo Errico
Fashion designer
Born and raised in Genoa, Paolo began his career working for Calvin Klein and Versace. In 2000, he moved to Ermenegildo Zegna where he set up Agnona collections. Then, he worked in Roberto Cavalli Group where he designed female collections. In 2003, he graduated in Fashion Design at the University of Urbino. In the same year, he launched the fashion firm with his namesake and, in the following one, he showed his first collection in Milan. Architecture and design are the key sources of inspiration and reference in his work, with the aim to create timeless fashion. Hence, his collections are inspired by the study of primordial geometrical shapes combined with the human body. The result is a multifunctional fashion, with unusual dynamisms and innovative volumes, which design a new female expression and an innovative idea of sensual and plastic elegancy. Today, he lives between London and Paris, working as luxury brand consultant.
Nicola Volpini
Fashion designer
He studied in Florence at the Istituto d’arte di Porta Romana di Firenze, Jewellery Faculty, and at ISIA, where he graduated with a final dissertation on a snowboard joint to which he owes the the Compasso d’oro Giovani Prize he has won. His first professional experiences in fashion led him to work with Ermanno Scervino and La Nouvelle bague, where he worked for 7 years as jewelry designer. In 2000, he set up his freelancer activity, which in the years led him to collaborate continuously with the following companies: Damiani, Cartier, Salvatore Ferragamo, Akris, Celine, Maison Margiela and Jil Sander, dealing with both fashion and jewelry. Curiosity and the observation of the phenomena affecting the esthetic perception are the two element that inspire his style. The fusion between handcraft and technological innovation carry a highly personal poetic key: full spaces contrast the empty ones, movement contrasts what is static, and the esthetic research is in constant evolution.
Fabrizio Brescianini
Pattern designer
Julia Kim
Fashion Designer
Julia Kim is a menswear designer in the luxury sector. She was born in Germany to Korean parents. Her multicultural background draw her to one of the most prestigious and international fashion schools: The Royal Academy of fine arts in Antwerp. Under the direction of Walter van Beirendonck she developed her passion for menswear design. During her master year she caught the attention of the design team of Versace and was offered to join the menswear team for the first line of Versace after graduation in 2009. After several years of this beautiful and highly creative experience in Milan, she moved on to become a senior designer at Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence. Working under the creative direction of Massimiliano Giornetti and alongside true Italian artisans of the industries, she continued to deepen her knowledge in menswear. Having a strong connection to Milan she decided to move back to Milan in 2016 where she worked at Bottega Veneta as RTW studio manager under the direction of Tomas Maier. This experience lead her to become head designer of OAMC. Her creativity roots from her deep knowledge of the industry and her multicultural background and environment. Currently she works as a consultant and is in involved in academic work.
Giacomo Luigi Pilato
Brand and Product Merchandise Manager
Giacomo Luigi Pilato was born in Milan in 1985. He graduated from the scientific high school laying very strong foundations in scientific and analytical skills. He subsequently got a Bachelor degree in Systems Engineering at the Department of Management Engineering of the Politecnico University in Milan. Pilato specialised in Fashion with the Master in Brand, Fashion Design and Product Direction at the Milan Fashion Institute created by the University consortium between Bocconi University, Politecnico of Milan and Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He graduated cum laude and immediately started his professional career in a series of companies focusing on the production of fabrics and materials for luxury goods. Pilato landed his first important role in 2009 at Vivienne Westwood where he stayed for five years overseeing product merchandising in Menswear, Womenswear and coordinating the Accessories collections. He was offered the position of Senior Merchandise & Brand Manager at Neil Barrett in 2014 specialising in Menswear. Giacomo founded his consulting and brand development agency 72mode in 2018 in Milan, enhancing his professional network and establishing collaborative relationships with fashion professionals and the world of production. In 2019 he started working for the N.G.G. streetwear sportswear brands managing all the Menswear & Accessories collections. While pursuing his personal projects Pilato has also been teaching in various Fashion Institutes, including the Accademia del Lusso and the Milan Fashion Institute lecturing and organising workshops in Fashion Merchandising. Teaching is an activity he particularly enjoys because it gives him the opportunity to share his own skills and experiences with those who will be the fashion professionals of the future giving him a great satisfaction and a strong sense of responsibility in return.
Nicoletta Ceccolini
Fashion designer
Renzo Catoni
Pattern designer
Raffaele Ferrante
Design management expert
Emanuele Longo
Fashion designer
Concetta Marrella
Fashion designer
Jacqueline Ceresoli
Historian / Art critic
Chiara Grandesso
Graphic designer
After taking her diploma at the Accademia di Comunicazione in Milan, Chiara Grandesso went on to take a Masters in Communication in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art in London. She then won a scholarship to continue pursuing her research at the Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan. Once back in Europe, she won the Parallel Prize and was subsequently invited by Philippe Starck to start working with him in his Paris office. Although she maintained a partnership with the office upon returning to Italy after this experience, she also started doing graphic design work on her own initiative. She has received acknowledgments from both the ADCI and the Padua municipal council Culture Department.
Lucilla Giovanninetti
Fashion designer
Francesca Ratti
Footwear designer
Matteo Bastiani
Leather goods developer
Marta Vitali
Leather goods designer
Alessia Locatelli
Photographer / Critic
Matteo Bardoscia
Communication designer

Companies & Brands

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 Talk

Every Monday evening at 6.30 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.


Candidates can apply by downloading and filling out the application form here and sending it to triennali@rm-modaedesign.it or made by calling the school directly.


Application fee
Candidates applying for admission to the three-year courses must pay an application fee of €150

Application documents:
– motivation letter
– passport or identity card for Italian or EU-EFTA citizens
– payment receipt of the €150 application fee.

The candidate will be contacted for an Admissions interview after their submission of the Application documents. If their profile is considered suitable, candidates will receive an Admittance letter, which is non-binding for the Candidate.

Download the application form here and together with the other documents send to: triennali@rm-modaedesign.it

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Securing your position in the course

Candidates will be eligible to enroll with us after receiving their Admittance Letter from the Institution. Successful applicants will have 30 days to fill out the enrollment form and pay an enrollment fee to secure their position in the program.


Annual Enrollment Fee

Students will be subject to an annual enrollment fee of €3.000 to confirm their attendance in the course.

Annual Tuition Fee
Annual tuition fee: €18.000

European Union and EFTA students can be considered for an adjustment of their tuition fees if they provide proof of their incomes.

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