The incubator of young talents.

IFDA is one of the few fashion academies historically recognized by the Institutions.

IFDA Italian Fashion & Design Academy is a post-diploma and post-degree college and offers certificated Fashion, Design and Beauty courses and masters.

From 2001 in the very center of Milan, IFDA has a single goal: to create an Avantgarde Academy preserving tradition and educating in a very concrete and professional way its students, because they will be the future of the fashion system.

Today IFDA is an incubator of new talents involved in real fashion project.

The brand Italian Fashion and Design Academy (IFDA) was founded in 2001 by Daniele C. M. Fittole, a renowned industrial designer from 1989 who has worked with the likes of Katharine Hamnet, J.P. Gaultier, G. Venturi, L. Soprani plus many more. His vision was to create a finishing Avant-garde Academy, which would preserve the strong identity of true Italian fashion.


Mission

Through its qualified industry staff, IFDA offers their expert knowledge to a select number of dedicated students. The Academy is an incubator between tradition and the avant-garde.

Why IFDA is Special?

The IFDA is special because it offers training programs in line with the needs of the fashion system. There are numerous collaborations with national and international brands and fashion professionals, developing real fashion capsules. All students are directly involved in inter-company internships.

Location

Milan - Fashion City

Located the prestigious headquarters in Via Tortona 35, IFDA offers access to the latest fashion technologies and professionals in the heart of Milan's Fashion and Design District, home to some of the most famous Italian fashion houses, including Armani, Zegna, Fendi, Diesel, Stone Island, Moncler to name a few.

Every year, IFDA offers a practical learning experience to train students to become the best in a field of incredible professionals and prepare them to reach the highest industrial level.

Method

IFDA Italian Fashion & Design Academy has a unique approach to developing and nurturing the creativity of our students with the use of teaching materials and expert knowledge. Our lectures are designed to encompass seminars, workshops, meetings and external trips to the largest trade fairs and renowned fashion studios across Europe.

No two days are the same at IFDA- every day is different!

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Stage and Workshop

During each academic year, IFDA offers internship and workshop opportunities with our partner companies, to learn and work directly with the professionals. Here at IFDA, we strongly believe hands-on experience is one of the best ways to fully understand the needs of a real working, fast paced fashion environment. Through the workshops, our exclusive guest speakers are available to speak with students, offering their own personal experiences and advice on a one-to-one basis.

IFDA Alumni who work in Fashion System: Elisa L. da Herno, Valentina S., Lara V. Greta S. da Armani, Lisa B. da Estee Lauder, Nathalie G. da Gucci, Daniela C. da Jil Sander, Veronica P. da Guess.

IFDA offers to our students: Competition, Seminars, Workshops, Fairs.

Fashion shows and Presentations: Milano Moda Donna (Fashion Week Milano), Milano Moda Uomo (Giorgio Armani, etc.), IFDA Fashion Show, Tortona Press Day, SI Sposaitalia.

Fairs: TheOne Milano, White, Lineapelle, The MICAM, Mipel, MilanoUnica, SuperPitti.

Exhibition: Triennale, Mudec, Armani Silos, Fondazione Prada, Palazzo Reale, Palazzo della Ragione, Palazzo Morando.

Competition: Onward Kashiyama, Who is On next, Moda Italia CNA.

Official Partners

  • Ente Fiera Milano
  • Confcommercio
  • Federmoda Italia
  • The One Milano
  • Parah
  • MyPlant & Garden
  • Camera Italiana Buyer Moda
  • Confartigianato Biella

Some of our professional teacher

  • Armando Pollini (Pollini Design)
  • Emiliano Rinaldi (Art director La Perla)
  • Simona Polli (Director WHITE magazine)
  • Flaminio Soncini (Founder of “Buyer Association”)
  • Elena Salvaneschi (General Manager of TheOne Milano, owner of IAFIL Spa)
  • Luca Zacco (Fashion coordinator Versace)
  • Giovanni Cavagna (Fashion designer Max Mara, Les Copains, Loro Piana, YEdition)
  • Stefano Anselmo (Founder of the Academy Stefano Anselmo)
  • Maurizio Cinà (co-Founder of “Buyer Association”, ex A.D. of Frankie Morello)
  • Lino Spina (Senior Pattern maker Prada, Genny, Celine)
  • Emidio Summonte (Fashion designer Versace accessories)
  • Eugenio Gallavotti (Deputy-director of ELLE)
  • Elisa Pestrichella (Deputy Director IFDA, co-founder of the Fashion Creative Lab)
  • Alice Lissoni (Senior designer Luciano Soprani, Allegri)
  • Ornella Rigoletti (Senior Pattern maker Valentino, Armani, Ungaro, Richmond, Montana)
  • and many others.

Programs taught in:
  • Italian
  • English

This school also offers:


IFDA Italian Fashion & Design Academy

The designer is the heart of the fashion system, but it is no longer only the creative who draws a drawing and colors it: the pure and simple talent is no longer enough n ... [+]

Design a Capsule Collection

A Capsule Collection is a small collection of limited and easily interchangeable garments.

The designer is the heart of the fashion system, but it is no longer only the creative who draws a drawing and colors it: the pure and simple talent is no longer enough nowadays because the designer not only creates clothes but also lifestyles.

Some of the fashion professionals involved:

Luca Zacco (Fashion coordinator Versace) Emiliano Rinaldi (Art director La Perla) Simona Polli (Director WHITE magazine) Maurizio Cinà (co-Founder of “Buyer Association”, ex A.D. of Frankie Morello) Ornella Rigoletti (Senior Pattern maker Valentino, Armani, Ungaro, Richmond, Montana) ... [-]
Italy Milan
November 2019
English,Italian
Full-time
10 months
Campus
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The annual Shoe Design program aims to train young professionals who can produce any type of footwear, developing various bases for the perfect realization. ... [+]

The annual Shoe Design program aims to train young professionals who can produce any type of footwear, developing various bases for the perfect realization.

A shoes designer learns how to design and create any type of footwear in relation to trends, knowing in depth the materials to be used and their components, being able to work as a creator of an original line, as a collaborator of a stylist, or in the field of business as a creative consultant or directly in the laboratory prototypes.

The direct relationship that IFDA has with leading quality companies in the sector (from style offices to large brands, from laboratories to companies supplying materials and components), guarantees a concrete and tangible preparation.... [-]

Italy Milan
January 2020
English,Italian
Full-time
8 months
Campus
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IFDA Italian Fashion & Design Academy

The Fashion System is not only made up of creative people but above all of the expert managers who transform the creativity of others into a real business. ... [+]

The Fashion System is not only made up of creative people but above all of the expert managers who transform the creativity of others into a real business.

Marketing and management of product variables, prices, distribution, and communication allow companies in the fashion sector to achieve a competitive position, manage it and know how to optimize it.

The course is dedicated to all those who wish to acquire specific skills as a manager of the Fashion System, with awareness and competence in specific professional areas through practical guided experiences and the study of technical disciplines. Particular attention is paid to the evolution of markets and language, in order to provide suitable preparation for inclusion in any company in the fashion industry.... [-]

Italy Milan
March 2020
English,Italian
Full-time
8 months
Campus
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IFDA Italian Fashion & Design Academy

The Fashion Buyer Course, curated by fashion experts and fashion buyers, provides direct interaction with the world of fashion and its distribution. ... [+]

The Fashion Buyer Course, curated by fashion experts and fashion buyers, provides direct interaction with the world of fashion and its distribution.

Some of the fashion professionals involved:

Flaminio Soncini (Founder of “Buyer Association”) Maurizio Cinà (co-Founder of “Buyer Association”, ex A.D. of Frankie Morello) Showroom Zappieri Rinascente Milano Luisa ViaRoma

Course Objectives

The Fashion Buyer course aims to train young professionals in fashion and to prepare buyers and sellers who can work with buying offices, department stores and showrooms in general.

Course Program

The Fashion Buyer course program provides specific training on:... [-]

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January 2020
English,Italian
Part-time
3 months
Campus
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IFDA Italian Fashion & Design Academy

The Fashion Stylist course aims to introduce the professional figure of the Stylist, analyzing his skills and different activities. ... [+]

The Fashion Stylist course aims to introduce the professional figure of the Stylist, analyzing his skills and different activities.

The course will be based on theoretical lessons in which the unwritten rules that articulate relations with press offices, photo agencies, etc. will be deepened.

An extremely important part of the course is one of the seminars with professionals, which will allow the students to have direct contact with international working realities.

A special relationship that IFDA has with magazines such as ELLE, Glamour, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, VOGUE, etc. allows both visits and seminars directly with great exponents of fashion and communication.... [-]

Italy Milan
October 2019
English,Italian
Full-time
8 months
Campus
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