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Accademia del Lusso School of Fashion and Design


Accademia del Lusso was founded in 2005, and is the School of Fashion and Design in Italy specialised in training key professional figures in the fashion, design and luxury sectors. Our main school site is on Via Montenapoleone, an inspiring location at the heart of Milan’s fashion district, and a mandatory stop for whoever wants to come into contact with the inner core of the fashion world.


Via Montenapoleone 5
20121 Milan MI


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Yes, I recommend this program

I attended the summer course in fashion design because I wanted to experience fashion in Milan and I got even more than I expected. At the end I added two more weeks and spent three wonderful weeks in NMilan and Accademia.
Professors were very kind and friendly, the student help office helped me settling in and find an apartment. I eventually shared a flat with my course mates and that was very nice. The program was very detailed and at the same time it covered many topics quite new to me, the most interesting thing was to see how the Made in Italy is rooted in the culture and how it reflects in fashion.
We visited fashion labs and had the chance to check materials, technics and to talk to experience fashion rapresentatives.
I also traveled around Italy, I experience great food, great people as well as excellent weather.
I just enrolled for the Master's degree intake of October and I can not wait to go back!

What would you improve about this program?
I believe there is nothing more to do, it is already great!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Fashion Product Design at Accademia del Lusso was a life-changing experience!! I’m so glad I did it! The course content was covered in a really enjoyable way and the small class sizes meant the learning environment was always relaxed but productive. The teachers were very supportive and knowledgeable, while still allowing students to explore and have autonomy over their own work. Studying in Milan meant I also had some amazing opportunities to be involved with prestigious fashion events, like Milan Fashion Week and Milano Unica, which were incredibly valuable. The opportunity to also participate in the end of year runway show was a true highlight also! If you are thinking about studying fashion in Milan, Accademia del Lusso will support you the whole way and you absolutely won’t regret the experience!!

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Yes, I recommend this program

I had a lot of fun during the course. I liked its practical focus, still maybe more theory would be nice as I feel many times that my knowledge is not complete. The AutoCad and Photoshop classes proved to be very useful. What I would suggest is to put maybe more emphasis on 3D and learning how to draw quick sketches. 3D is certainly a huge gap in the program. 3D Max or another program would be crucial to include.
Drawing sketches is incredibly important when meeting clients and this we barely practiced. I know one year is short and would suggest to consider having longer learning programs. 2-3 years sounds a reasonable timeframe.
I enjoyed the most preparing for meetings and meeting with clients. This gave me the opportunity to learn and improve the most.
The teachers were all very nice and always available for questions, sometimes even during weekends or evening hours. This I truly appreciated.
I definitely would improve the training materials. We barely used them and sometimes I miss not to have a book.
In general I find the school good and can recommend, but as mentioned above one year is too short to gain a deep knowledge and 3D design has an outmost importance to make this learning Module complete.

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Yes, I recommend this program

I attended Accademia Fashion Brand Management course with the idea to explore more the possibilities in the field I am passionate about and I am really glad I did . The course gave me much insight about the industry and practical tools to explore also afterwords. Professors are very prepared and ready to help out. We also did some interesting sites visits, and at the end I decided to sign up to additional two weeks and stay longer in Milan.
The application process was quite smooth and the student office very helpful in giving all the info I needed to get around Milan (housing, transportation, were to eat, and so on). Although I am Italian I was surrounded by international students and I was practicing my English both with them and in class.
My time in Milan was great, and I wish I could return to Accademia to do my BA, maybe next year already :-)

What would you improve about this program?
I believe it was just great as it is for me. The program is really up to date with the current industry, maybe there could be more site visits, that I found really interesting.


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Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Barbara Luciana Giovanna Sordi

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Academic Director & Tutor

After graduating in Fashion Design in Milano, she has worked as Fashion designer and illustrator, both in Milan and London. She has started a new adventure in education ten years ago, fueled by the passion of supporting new talents.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Definitely the visits to our school in Belgrade, which I consider a very promising city in the fashion panorama. It is a very good chance to get in touch with students and professors, exchanging our professional experiences, aiming to a common growth and getting to a better expression of students talents.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I started as a tutor in Fashion Design with a class made of very few students. Very soon, thanks to my experience, I’ve been in involved in more and more classes. Besides that, I had the chance to take part of extra activities, such as contests and final fashion shows.

I have been the Art director of the latest 4 fashion shows of my school, being in charge of the whole process (from concept to outfits selection, from laboratories' supervision to fittings and casting). From 2015, I’ve been nominated for Academic Director of Accademia del Lusso Milano, which involves programs's definition for Post-graduated courses (3 years and Masters), tutors supervision and scouting.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

As I’ve been teaching Fashion Design and Collection planning for many years, and I'm still doing that for final projects and special contests, one of the best story is that of a very talented student who has started her own women's wear line. It is peculiar, as she graduated in Fashion Styling and never ever thought she could start her own line, until I told her she might have given a go to her passion.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would for sure go for a Master in Styling and Communication. This would give me the opportunity to deepen my knowledge, which has been mainly gained through working experiences, and acquire more and more skills. Thanks to the professional experience of tutors involved in the course, I will have the great chance to learn useful tips and tricks employed in Communication.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

My school is a very familiar and cool place, where people know each other by name. Everyone has the great opportunity to grow professionally, if deserved of course. This means that you can enter as a receptionist and end up to be a Responsible of the Academic office. Or enter as a tutor and become an Academic Director, as in my personal experience. I’m always proud of my team as I can see the passion they put in making the school a cozy place for students.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

In order to be successful, a company has to dare and be forwarding. For a school, this means to be updated with programs that can prepare for new professions and new technologies. As a Fashion school, it is also fundamental to support everything that is new and visionary in order to forecast and never recall.