Raffles Milano Istituto Moda e Design
Master RM Istituto Moda e Design

Fashion Design and Business

Towards timeless elegance
Ten amazing months, with internationally renowned lecturers. Once in a life time opportunity to learn directly from the protagonists. Raffles Milano Masters: finally someone has thought of it.
10 months
Start date

Course Leader

Arthur Arbesser
Fashion designer
Born and raised in the Austrian capital Vienna, Arthur was deeply immersed in the city’s culture. The streamlined turn-of-the-century architecture as well as the evocative heritage of applied arts and design remain a strong source of inspiration for him today. At Central Saint Martins College for Art and Design he quickly developed his personal aesthetics, influenced by his intimate contact with London’s prolific art scene. Upon graduation he moved to Milan to work for Giorgio Armani for 7 years. Arthur launched his eponymous women’s wear label in February 2013. He was one of the finalists at the second edition of the LVMH prize in 2015, and in June of the same year, he was invited to participate at the prestigious PITTI Immagine Fair in Florence as a women’s wear guest designer. Besides his own namesake label, he works as a creative consultant for other international brands and continuous high profile collaborations with Apple, Silhouette Eyewear, HEM furniture, the Vienna State ballet and the Berlin State Opera add a creative impulse to his universe. He establishes his own sophisticated style enhanced by vivid graphics and finest quality fabrics, his silhouettes radiate a pure, yet sensual appeal of modernity.

Find out “Why Raffles Milano”
and learn more about the Master in
Fashion Design & Business

with the Course Leader Arthur Arbesser.


Fashion is education about beauty, the ability to express thoughts and emotions, the most direct expression of the contemporary world: colours, shapes and materials in perfect harmony. It is the most lively of the art forms, thriving on people in real life. Like in a major theater “pièce”, getting the stage-set just right is crucial in the game of seduction, but a part cannot stand for the whole. To be able to keep on winning over an increasingly stimulated and probably confused consumer is to go back to fundamentals by employing in-depth technical training.

Professional opportunities

This Masters course is designed to maximize the unique characteristics of each student’s creative genius, but it also aims to forge highly qualified, dynamic professionals who will find it easy to build their careers. At the end of the ten month study period, the student’s extensive knowledge of the entire work process will enable them to find employment in menswear and womenswear  fashion brands in Italy and internationally.

Who should attend

This Masters course is addressed to design graduates, students with a diploma from Fashion schools and young designers who want to confront themselves with practicing professionals, so as to broaden their horizons to encompass new forms of experimentation and new aesthetic opportunities. The aim is to train the stars of tomorrow’s fashion scene, equipping them with an independent, unique creative vision and at the same time a strong ability to penetrate into the complexity of a highly volatile market.


Students who attend this Masters course will acquire a fully-rounded vision of the fashion industry, working side by side with the professionals who lead today’s luxury market. They will analyse consumer and macro business trends, discuss how aesthetics applies to fashion, create mood boards and conduct targeted research under the guidance of industry experts. But above all they will work together, step-by-step, on constructing a collection, both in a portfolio and in a real piece. Lastly, they will also learn how to go about styling, editing and managing the final runway presentation.


– Mood board creation
– Research
– Collection Development
– Fabric merchandise
– Aesthetics
– Art direction
– Styling
– Portfolio
– Presentation
– Production

Student of the Year

At the end of each academic year, RM 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).

Project Lecturers

Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader professionals occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.
Each professional spends a month with the students. 8 four-week months and 2 three-week months.
Each week you will have a 6 hour day and an 8 hour day lesson with the experts.
At the end of the month, the student receives an evaluation on the developed project.
Some professionals can be replaced during the Master, with other top-level studios, maintaining the international Faculty’s standards.

Andrei Amado
Fashion Designer
Andrei Amado was born in Colombia in 1984 to Russian, Colombian parents. He spent his early childhood in Colombia and moved to Berlin aged eleven. After getting a Bachelor degree at the french fashion school Esmod Berlin and Art studies in Antwerp he completed his Master Degree in Fashion Design Womenswear at Central Saint Martins school of Arts and Design in London. Amado has worked for the Max Mara Main Line and Salvatore Ferragamo in Italy.
Jean Marie Ardu
Fashion designer
Brais Vilasó
Fashion Editor
Brais Vilasó is a fashion editor, spending his time between Paris and Milan. Creating waves by forging ahead allowing new talent to express themselves in the contemporary fashion world, Brais aims to focus on the power of fashion and all the things that have yet to be done. With a particular interest for menswear, he styles and consults for different brands and publications.
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.
Sabrina Fischer
Fashion Designer
Born 1983 on the north coast of Germany Sabrina Klaziena Fischer followed a technical fashion design training in the south of Germany, awarded with a scholarship of the federal country of Baden-Württemberg she went to Antwerp to be educated at the Fashion Department of the Royal Academy of fine Arts Antwerp. While studying Sabrina worked already intensively with Haider Ackermann in his Antwerp based Studio. She came in touch with many Antwerp based design houses, like Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, AF Vandevorst and Christian Wijnants. Christian, him self professor for knitwear at the Royal Academy, asked her to become his Creative Assistant. She gained deep knowledge in material research, draping and tailoring. Frequent work periods in Paris, Tokyo and Brussels took place with her passion for fashion performances for Yiuma Nakazato and Liebeskind Berlin. Sabrina returned to Germany in 2014 consulting for Hugo Boss where she worked with Jason Wu. Currently she’s working with Costas Murkudis for his first debut at the Munich based brand Strenesse.
Cem Cako
Fashion designer
Cem Cako, a native German with Macedonian roots, moved to the USA to study philosophy and art history at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles. He then began his training as a menswear tailor and gained experience as a bespoke tailor at the Stuttgart State Opera and the Burgtheater in Vienna with a focus on men's costume design. In 2004 Cem Cako joined the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and graduated with an honorary diploma. His final year collection won several international fashion prizes, including the Best Upcoming Belgium Designer Award of the Goethe-Institute in Brussels and the Mittelmoda Shirt Avenue Prize for the best interpretation of a men's shirt. At this point he caught the attention of talent scouts who sent him to New York at the beginning of his career. He first worked extensively for Helmut Lang and Tim Hamilton before being appointed artistic director of Los Angeles based Brand Thrive L.A. After working as a fashion designer in the industry, Cem Cako returned to Germany where he opened an atelier for bespoke tailoring to serve international private clients and selected men's boutiques in Berlin, Tokyo and Los Angeles. He teaches men's tailoring at the Steiner School in Stuttgart and gets hired as a technical trainer and lecturer for various universities.
Stephanie Penkov
Fashion designer
Stephanie Penkov was born in Chicago, Illinois, and lived in The USA until she was 11 years old. She then moved to northern and western Germany with her family until she relocated to Berlin, to study fashion design at Esmod in the year 2004. Here she started to specialize in creative pattern cutting techniques. Her first internship in London brought her first work placement in the fashion industry, working as a freelance pattern cutter for several fashion houses throughout London. After returning to Berlin, she continued working as a designer, developer, creative pattern cutter, production and studio manager at a variety of placements throughout the fashion and jewelry sector in Berlin. Stephanie started teaching creative pattern cutting fulltime at Esmod, Berlin in 2010, which she continues doing until today at different fashion design faculties in Berlin, including UdK, the University of Arts in Berlin, alongside working independently as designer and creative pattern cutter.
Lucilla Giovanninetti
Fashion designer
Rodolfo Del Chiaro

Method Lecturers

There are some kinds of practical and theoretical knowledge and abilities that cannot be learned overnight, but need tailored tutoring. You never know when you will need them, but one thing is certain: you will.
For this reason, the students have 200 hours of lessons with the Method Lecturers which are spread over the 10 months of the Master.
Some lecturers can be replaced during the Master, maintaining the international Faculty’s standards.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Cem Cako
Fashion Designer
Matteo Balza
Art Director / Graphic Designer
Kevin Lancelin
Fashion Designer
Benedetto Boccuzzi
Musician and songwriter
Michael Rodgers
Actor and acting coach
Brais Vilasó
Fashion Editor
Brais Vilasó is a fashion editor, spending his time between Paris and Milan. Creating waves by forging ahead allowing new talent to express themselves in the contemporary fashion world, Brais aims to focus on the power of fashion and all the things that have yet to be done. With a particular interest for menswear, he styles and consults for different brands and publications.

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.


Applications can be sent by the “Admission Form” below or made by phone by calling the Secretariat directly. When we receive the required documentation and a motivational letter written by the Candidate, the Management will set the date for an introductory interview with the Course Leader or with the College Director if necessary. If their profile is considered suitable, candidates will receive official notice regarding the acceptance of their application, which in any case is non-binding for the Candidate.


Application documents:
– curriculum vitae
– artistic and/or professional portfolio
– motivation letter
– copy of Bachelor’s Degree/Graduation certificate
– passport or identity card for Italian or EU-EFTA citizens

Candidates can also send the application documents to the e-mail address: master@rm-modaedesign.it

For further information, please fill in the “Information Form”.


Following the Management’s official notice concerning the Candidate’s admissibility, the latter may proceed to the enrolment stage. All students who fulfil the requirements must pay the enrolment fee when they formalize their enrolment, which must then be integrated by the yearly
tuition fee before the beginning of the course.


European Union and EFTA students
Enrolment fee: 3.000 euros
Tuition fee: 15.000 euros

Non-European Union and Non-EFTA students
Enrolment fee: 3.000 euros
Tuition fee: 23.000 euros


Information request
Admission form