Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino, and Alessandra Facchinetti have more in common than their passion for design. Like many other talented designers and couturiers, they are graduates of the legendary Istituto Marangoni, the oldest and most exclusive fashion school in Europe. Since 1935, the Istituto fulfills the dream of its founder, Giorgio Marangoni: to transmit to new generations the vision and experience of the best professionals in fashion and design, in order to encourage and stimulate their creativity and enable them to achieve a successful future in one of Italy´s most powerful, strong and prosperous industries.
Each year, the students develop projects with the major fashion houses—Armani, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hugo Boss, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Gucci, among others—where they acquire the contacts and experience that will open the doors of the fashion industry when they have completed their studies. At the end of the academic year, seniors present their final collection in a high fashion show attended by representatives of the most important labels, designers, specialized journalists, and industry professionals who come to recruit the new fashion talents.
Today, Istituto Marangoni is an important landmark in the world of fashion and design. Its headquarters are located in Milan, the city where Marangoni—famous in his time for dressing the Italian aristocracy—decided to establish the school. For the celebrated couturier, Milan represented the essence of what “Made in Italy” means: handmade garments, custom tailored and with exquisite attention to every detail.
Through a faculty and a student body featuring over 90 nationalities, the headquarters of Istituto Marangoni have become meeting points for the exchange of cultures, ideas, and projects that result in the evolution and improvement of aesthetics, skills, and styles, fundamental for professional growth. Furthermore, the Istituto has always made clear its intention of keeping updated, with teaching programs that adapt to the ever-changing demands of the market and the industry’s needs. Although its common denominator is fashion, the famous institute offers a variety of programs, whether a three or four-year career, masters degrees or short, specialized courses and workshops. In all their programs, design and creativity go hand in hand with the business side of fashion. Merging fashion and business is essential to cultivate future talents—stylists, designers, marketing experts, consultants, fashion photographers, art directors, and decorators—who will enter the workforce ready to meet all the challenges.
Istituto Marangoni expanded its reach with the opening of the New School of Design Istituto Marangoni, which offers the best curricula for interior, industrial, accessories, and visual design. It will also offer masters degrees in Home Luxury Collection, accessories, fine jewelry, multimedia design, and Italian industrial design. The campus has all the necessary technology and adequate space for high-level education, including a library fitted with all the materials needed for interior and product design and modeling labs, designed and decorated to stimulate the creative spirit of students and faculty.
This project was created in collaboration with the renowned architect Giulio Capellini, whose work is defined by an ongoing quest for renewal. Capellini and the creative team of The Company participated in the development of this new school that not only seeks to teach interior design with the latest technology but also to merge the student’s education with the latest industrial projects and cultural activities in Milan.
Istituto Marangoni goes beyond offering academic training to its students; it aims to promote a lifestyle for future fashion professionals with the belief that although creativity is a gift, it must be continually reinforced with dedication and passion. And what better way than to put into practice Marangoni’s philosophy and the basis of its curricula: “Today´s professionals, teaching tomorrow’s professionals”. ■