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Since its founding in 1935, Istituto Marangoni has been a beacon of excellence in fashion education, shaping the careers of countless professionals who have left an indelible mark on the industry. Over the decades, our institution has welcomed a diverse array of talented individuals from around the globe, nurturing their creativity and honing their skills.

From the early days in Milan to our expansion into international fashion capitals, Istituto Marangoni has consistently provided a world-class education that combines traditional craftsmanship with innovative techniques. Our illustrious alumni include renowned designers, influential stylists, and leading fashion executives who continue to drive the industry forward.

This enduring legacy is a testament to our unwavering commitment to fostering talent and inspiring the next generation of fashion leaders. As we continue to evolve and adapt to the changing landscape of fashion, Istituto Marangoni remains dedicated to empowering students to reach their full potential and make significant contributions to the global fashion community.


Franco Moschino was born in 1950, on February 27th. In 1978, for eleven consecutive seasons, he designed the Cadette collection. His work on it heralded what became some of his most famous personal and stylistic traits. In 1983, he made the first fashion show of the Moschino women’s collection, which was presented in Milano. In 1984, the second women’s wear fashion show at the Fiera in Milano confirmed the previous season’s success. Then, in 1985, the first Moschino men’s wear collection was presented at the Regal Palace in Milano. His career was rising, and in 1986, he launched the first Moschino Jeans women’s wear collection. After that, in 1987, the Maison launched its first fragrance and, in 1988, the first Moschino ‘Cheap and Chic’ collection. A critical year was 1989 when he opened the first Moschino boutique in Milano via S. Andrea. The second boutique opened in 1990 in Via Durini, Milano, for the ‘Cheap and Chic’ and ‘Moschino Jeans’ collections. In 1991, Franco Moschino stopped having fashion shows, and in 1992, he launched his first ‘social awareness’ advertising campaign. In 1993, an exhibition was held in Milano to celebrate Moschino’s first ten years, and the book ‘X Years of Kaos’ was published. This year, a fashion show of historical dresses is held at the National Theatre in Milano.


Project Runway Winner and Fashion Designer Sebastian Grey is no stranger to the high-end market, with ten years of experience working with renowned designers like Lina Cantillo and Andres Otalora. Colombian-born Sebastian worked in his family’s leather business while growing up, learning his skill set for detail and precision by listening to what the customer wanted and keeping up with pop-cultural trends. Sebastian attended the Academy of Professional Drawing in Cali, Colombia, where he majored in fashion design. He won a scholarship to attend Istituto Marangoni in Miami, Florida, where he continued to develop and define his collections and capabilities as an artist. His collections as a professional designer have been seen all over Colombia, and he has owned and operated stores in Cali and Medellin under his Sebastian brand. Sebastian hopes to take the United States and abroad by storm with sophisticated concepts, unconventional construction methods, and attention to high-end detail.


Expert in Brand Strategy and Experience Design and Retail Design with 15 years of experience building brands in different sectors, designing omnichannel experiences through a strategic, creative, and person-centered vision. Knowledge of Visual Merchandising, Retail Design, Brand Experience Design, Advertising and Marketing. Hard worker, entrepreneurial and problem-solving mindset with solid communication skills, strategic planning, and management of clients, projects, and multidisciplinary teams. With experience that ranges from brand analysis to understanding customer and market insights to developing and executing creative strategies and communications across touchpoints (online and offline).


Alessandro Sartori was born in Biella, Italy. He graduated from Istituto Marangoni, receiving his degree in 1989. By 2003, Alessandro was artistic director at Ermenegildo Zegna, where he created the “Z Zegna ” range. In July 2011, he joined Berluti, holding the position of creative director until February 2016, when his return as artistic director of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group was announced starting in June, with full responsibility across all Zegna brands. In his personal Pantheon, his mother, a tailor who gave him the taste and the techniques of made-to-measure, has a special place, just next to Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and the photographer Irving Penn. His keywords are creative imagination, disciplined technique, and poetic elegance. From pattern cutting to finishing a buttonhole, no detail escapes his eye. For Berluti, he creates collections that blend rigorous control with fantasy, a distillation of the soul and spirit of the House.


Kika Vargas was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and educated in the US. She studied fine arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago & Fashion Design at the Istituto Marangoni in Milano, Graduating in 2008. After graduating, Kika worked as a designer for Missoni until launching her namesake brand in 2011. She received mentorship at Istituto Marangoni Miami to launch her Latin American brand in the US market. She’s won numerous awards and has quickly become recognized for her unique feminine designs.


Her career started with her collaboration with Gianni Versace fashion house as a Junior Accessories Designer for creative research and design of leather goods for the women’s Couture and Prêt-à-Porter collections. In September 2009, Paula was selected for the ‘Vogue Talents’ project and was included in the list of 140 Emerging Designers of Vogue Italia. In September 2010, her brand debuted internationally, presenting the first collection of bags (Spring/Summer 2011). In 2015, the designer established a series of creative synergies that led her to collaborate with Atelier Biagetti, Nike, and Kartell. Thanks to the last partnership, she had the chance to create a seasonal accessory capsule and the Magic print for the Madame Paula armchair, which she presented during the Milan Design Week 2017 as a personal reinterpretation of the timeless Philippe Starck model. In October 2016, Paula Cademartori signed a strategic alliance with Renzo Rosso, thus entering the OTB Group’s portfolio. This led to a further expansion of the brand that, in February 2017, inaugurated the first Pop-up store in the heart of Milan’s fashion district.


Indonesian fashion designer Kleting Titis Wigati is CEO & Creative Director at KLÉ, a ready-to-wear fashion label she started in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2009. Her designs are brave and sharp, intended for non-conformist individuals who crave self-expression through their style. Kleting graduated in Fashion Design from Istituto Marangoni Milano School of Fashion in 2005. The years spent in Italy’s fashion capital have allowed her to acknowledge and appreciate European sartorial tastes and fashion flair without neglecting the eccentric Asian sense we always find in her creations. Kleting’s career in the fashion industry is dotted with significant experiences in different areas: she has worked as a fashion editor and stylist for numerous magazines & Television commercials, as a Product Development assistant for brands like Miss Sixty, Killah & Sixty Men and Sixty Far East in Hong Kong, as well as she has been Product designer at Italian sportswear brand Berik. As a fashion designer, she has showcased her collections in Indonesia since 2009 and has taken part in several Fashion Weeks. Her talent is repeatedly recognized and rewarded with numerous achievements and awards, including the Cleo “Young and Talented Designer” Fashion Award in 2008 and ESMOD’s 2001 award for pattern making and design interpretation. In 2008, Hard Rock FM radio Jakarta chose her as one of the 30 most inspiring people under 30.


Lautaro Amadeo Tambutto was born in 1994 in San Nicolás de los Arroyos, near Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Fashion Design at the Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires. After his graduation, he moved to Italy to attend the Fashion Design Intensive course at Istituto Marangoni Milano · The School of Fashion. He launched his brand, ‘L A T,’ in late 2015. The brand carries on Lautaro’s need to express the importance of Latin American cultures, mixing the ancestral aspects and traditions, such as the use of leather, wool, and fur, with global influences, such as sports and streetwear. His work is influenced by Latin American history with its peculiarities and by experiments with contemporary visions of fashion. The result is combined with his creative sensitivity and strong aesthetics. In June 2015, Lautaro won the FashionClash Talent Award from Vogue Talents, and in 2016, he took part in the Vancouver Fashion Week (March) at the Antwerp Fashion Festival (September). In June 2017, he joined White WOW Milan as an International guest at the Tranoi Trade Show in Paris. In November 2017, he opened the first “L A T” Concept Store in Buenos Aires.


Marco Angelo Mazzoran has shown his passion for tailoring and textiles since childhood. He obtained his Degree in Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni Milano in 1981. Thanks to Istituto Marangoni, he started his first work experience with Elio Fiorucci, where he specialized in denim manufacturing. The meeting with Giorgio Armani signaled another turn in his life: ‘Work next to Mr.Armani has been for me a fashion university.’ From 1991 to 1997, he moved his attention and abilities from the style to the product department. After Giorgio Armani, Marco An­gelo Mazzoran has opened his career to new experiences also in the merchandising field: Jil Sander and Antonio Fusco (design and product development director) Loro Piana and Aspery (product and production director) Warnaco, Calvin Klein Jeans and Roberto Cavalli (merchandising and product development director). Since May 2014, Marco Angelo Mazzoran has been Menswear Fashion Director for Coin Group. His challenge will be to use his managerial and creative skills to increase the proces­ses of development for the ready-to-wear and accessories menswear collections.


A fashion designer from South America, Alexia Ulibarri, currently lives in Mexico City, where she launched her namesake brand, ALEXIA ULIBARRI, in 2009. The same year, she presented her first women’s collection, “Dark Romance ”. Since then, she has actively participated in all the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Mexico editions, proving successful at each round. Born with a natural talent for mixing functionality and creativity, Alexia decided to refine her skills in Europe, choosing the School of Fashion Istituto Marangoni London to complete her academic training with a Fashion Design intensive course in 2005. The period spent in London has enabled her to develop an ‘experimental’ approach to Fashion, resulting from a nostalgic, romantic synthesis of personal stories and work experiences with influential designers such as the Tata-Naka twins and María Grachvoguel. Her women’s collections have recently been enriched with a handbag collection and a custom bridal gown line. The brand, already sold in exclusive boutiques in Mexico City, Cancun, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Israel, is currently going on an international spree in the RTW.


Barbara Grotto, daughter of the President and founder of GAS, Claudio Grotto, was born in 1974, breathing the scent of denim deeply. One of her most vivid childhood memories is the high pile of jeans ready for shipment that accumulated in the laboratory under her house. Over the years, that laboratory has been transformed into an international firm bearing the family name, and it distributes its collections worldwide under the GAS brand. After graduating from Istituto Marangoni in Fashion Design, she received a Master’s in Marketing and Communication from the Luiss Management School in Rome. In 2001, she began to make her way in the Marketing Office of the family business, holding the position of Head of Communications since 2004. She is creative, dynamic, and passionate and keen on traveling, nature, and new technologies. In 2004, she won the La Kore “Fashion Commercial” award in Taormina for the innovative advertising campaign “GAS, it’s true.” In 2009, she was the driving force behind “25 Days”, the book project dedicated to the brand’s 25 years. Today, Barbara is a young manager with an extensive set of professional skills and experiences, achieved through the management of advertising projects, public relations, events, and online communication at an international level.


Eddie Gavriilidis is a Greek-born designer who graduated from Istituto Marangoni, London. He was nominated for the Global Fashion Awards in New York and worked with top industry designers like Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, and Lady Gaga. His work has been featured in the most influential international press: Vogue, Figaro, In Style, Telegraph, and Times, among others. His first gown, part of his graduation collection at Istituto Marangoni ( where he had the honor to open his year’s show), was sold for 29.000 dollars and was bought in Beverly Hills. After working as a creative consultant for new and upcoming brands, he created products that are now stocked in the best boutiques worldwide, and he provided the creative/commercial direction and base that was needed. Except for the creative industry, Eddie expanded his business to the manufacturing side of fashion. Eddie understands the needs of a fashion brand regarding sampling and production and how important it is to offer attention to detail and commerciality without losing the creative elements. Constantly, he works on new projects along with his couture/ bridal line, which is all about elaborate, luxurious gowns for celebrities and private clients. Among others, his work was worn on the red carpet of the international Skyfall premiere at the Royal Albert Hall by the beautiful Bond girl Tonia Sotiropoulou in the royal family’s presence. Eddie is looking to expand in menswear and ready-to-wear womenswear. Eddie lives in London and is always looking for new projects and challenges that will fascinate him.


Born in Bergamo in 1972, Alessandra Facchinetti studied art, sculpture, and architecture before dedicating herself to fashion, graduating at Istituto Marangoni Milano. Her versatile aesthetic and international background led her to seek different experiences in some of the most prestigious fashion houses, including the Prada Group, where she made her debut in 1994 as a designer and coordinator for the brand MiuMiu; Gucci, where she started working in 2000 as Design Director of women’s prêt-à-porter; Moncler, for which she launched Gamme Rouge in 2006; the house of Valentino, who called her in 2008 to develop prêt-à-porter and Haute Couture; and finally the launch, in 2010, of her first personal project, ‘Uniqueness,’ which is an experiment in ‘seasonless’ fashion, exclusively online.


Julie de Libran was raised in Vernègues, a small village close to Baux de Provence in the south of France, by her wine producer-turned-restaurateur father and interior designer mother, who was perpetually decked in Yves Saint Laurent, Hermès, and Sonia Rykiel. When she was eight, her father moved the brood to America. She spent the ’80s in the United States. Some of her earliest and happiest memories are of visiting the tailor with her mother and grandmother to be fitted for smock dresses. But when it came to shopping, she never found what she wanted in stores. She drew some sketches in high school and took them to a seamstress. Seeing the signs, her father enrolled her in fashion school at Istituto Marangoni, where she studied Fashion Design. As soon as she graduated in 1991, she found a place at Gianfranco Ferré before moving to Versace. In 1998, she joined Prada, where she stayed for ten and a half years. After a long experience in a position of power at Louis Vuitton, she moved to Sonia Rykiel, where she is now channeling all that knowledge into collections that show her concern for detail and narrative.


Sofía Agostini is an independent fashion journalist and an adjunct faculty professor at the Istituto Marangoni of Miami. She teaches Research Methods at the Master’s level and Fashion Criticism & Digital Writing in the Introduction to Styling progressive course. She was part of the first cohort of Master’s students to graduate from the school and is an active member of the Marangoni Miami community. Her dissertation, Where Have All the Tailors Gone?, was published in the fall 2021 issue of Fashion Studies Journal. Particularly interested in the history and growth of Latin American Fashion, Agostini has contributed several entries to the encyclopedia ‘Raíces de la Moda’ of Vogue México and written profiles on upcoming regional designers. She also collaborates for publications like Vanity Fair Spain and DNA Magazine.


Clark Rosen’s transformative experience at Istituto Marangoni catalyzed his flourishing career in fashion. Initially possessing only a vague interest in fashion with no clear career direction, Clark’s participation in the Luxury Brand Management program challenged him to develop theoretical brands from concept to execution. This rigorous program helped him refine his vision, guiding him through researching target markets, conceptualizing products and aesthetics, and crafting business plans. By graduation, Clark had devised a comprehensive plan to launch a high-end men’s swimwear and activewear company.

Within a month of completing his studies, Clark launched SAMMY Menswear®, securing product placements in prestigious boutiques such as Soho House and The Standard. His brand is distinguished by its high-quality fabrics from Italy, Peru, and Japan and its bold, minimalist designs that challenge traditional boundaries. Over the past three years, SAMMY has grown into a notable brand within the LGBTQ+ men’s swimwear and loungewear market, boasting an online presence and physical retail locations. Clark is expanding SAMMY Menswear® internationally, with shipments extending to new markets like Australia, Canada, and Brazil.


Valeria Villalobos’s journey at Marangoni was a transformative experience, defined by rich learning opportunities and the mentorship of some of the field’s finest professors. This foundational education has been crucial in her post-graduation endeavor of launching her brand—a marketing and content studio aimed at helping new, small, and medium-sized brands achieve growth. Valeria’s studio enhances business operations, refines aesthetics, and elevates visual appeal. Now based in Miami, her studio has successfully collaborated with clients across the globe, from Latin America to Europe, significantly broadening her perspective and enriching her professional portfolio. Valeria is currently in Madrid, Spain, pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Direction and Digital Communication of Fashion and Luxury at ESIC, strategically aligned with Marangoni Paris. She is excited about the opportunity to continue her studies in Paris next year. Looking ahead, Valeria is enthusiastic about the prospects of learning from leading industry experts, exploring new horizons, and embracing future opportunities for both personal and professional growth. She is committed to the ongoing success of her brand and the exciting journey that lies ahead.


Camila Balleste, a standout student at Istituto Marangoni Miami, embarked on her fashion journey with a robust foundation from DASH—Design and Architecture High School. Awarded a full scholarship for her exceptional skills and potential, Camila has actively participated in every competition and collaboration the institute offers. Camila has distinguished herself through remarkable achievements at Istituto Marangoni, including winning the collaboration competition with Salvatore Ferragamo and triumphing in the Paraiso Swim Week challenge. Her active participation in several fashion weeks and her ability to create multiple collections under the guidance of school mentors have further showcased her talent and creativity. Today, Camila continues to advance her career in fashion with the launch of her website, which serves as a platform to showcase her impressive portfolio and skill set. This site highlights her unique design perspective and testament to her readiness to impact the fashion industry significantly.


Karla Urdaneta’s academic and professional journey has been marked by a deep commitment to both the business sector and the fashion and design realms. Hailing from Venezuela, Karla completed her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in her home country before advancing to earn a Master’s degree in Luxury Brand Management from Istituto Marangoni. Luxury giants such as Balmain, Carolina Herrera, and Alexander McQueen inspire Karla’s passion for fashion. These influences have spurred her to create her brand, BLZE. Under this label, she has conceptualized two capsule collections emphasizing straight lines and symmetry, combining vibrant colors that appeal to multiple generations and bring a new perspective to the market. With BLZE, Karla aims to blend elegance with contemporary flair, targeting a new generation of consumers. Her vision, “A Rebellion To The Ordinary,” reflects her ambition to introduce innovative designs that challenge conventional aesthetics, aiming to impact the industry and connect with the global community significantly.


Valentina Ovalle’s time at Istituto Marangoni Miami was a transformative journey of creativity and innovation in interior design. Her education went beyond academic learning; it was a deep dive into the industry, enriched by direct interactions with iconic brand owners and visits to significant design locations. These experiences bridged classroom theory with real-world application and were instrumental in her professional growth. The close mentorship from professors at Istituto Marangoni Miami was pivotal in nurturing Valentina’s confidence and creativity, transforming her learning experience into a collaborative journey that significantly enhanced her understanding of design. Now poised to continue her educational and professional journey at Marangoni Milano, Valentina is ready to embrace new challenges and opportunities in the European design scene. Grateful for the solid foundation built in Miami, she looks forward to contributing her passion and creativity to Milan’s vibrant design world.


Maria Jose Duque, a graduate of our BA in Fashion Business program, credits Marangoni Miami for playing a pivotal role in her professional development. The institution provided her with access to exceptional teachers and industry leaders, which enriched her learning experience and opened up numerous opportunities. Maria’s education at Marangoni Miami enhanced her business acumen and honed her leadership skills. This solid foundation has empowered her to excel in the competitive world of fashion business, where she continues to apply the invaluable lessons and skills gained during her time at the school. Maria’s gratitude towards Marangoni Miami underscores the significant impact that the school has had on her career trajectory, shaping her into a proficient and insightful business professional.


After attending two youth programs at Istituto Marangoni, I learned so much about what path I want to take in the industry and my personal style. I learned from experts in the Fashion Industry about design, styling, and business. The team is extremely supportive and knowledgeable, and you genuinely learn in a personalized way which is why students thrive at the school. I fell so much in love with the school that I am now a Fashion Styling student. I have been able to meet and help big names like Kid Cudi, Guillermo Kahlo, and, our professors. Opportunities are constantly being offered at school, and they’re truly one of a kind. I’m wrapping up styling a runway for Palm Springs Fashion Week, along with my remarkable classmates.


After studying Education and Digital Marketing, Alessandra Belloso saw that her passion was in the storytelling aspect of the fashion industry. With a business and marketing background, Alessandra wanted to enhance her fashion luxury brand management knowledge. The Master of Fashion and Luxury Brand Management program perfectly matched what she was looking for. Alessandra had the opportunity to enhance her knowledge in the field through mentorships, theory classes, and brand partnerships that Istituto Marangoni Miami provided. She is now an Assistant Director of Marketing at Istituto Marangoni Miami, a job that mixes her two passions: education and fashion.


Nicole Leaves works as a freelance fashion stylist specializing in commercials, editorials, videos, and runways while also serving as a personal shopper. Her versatile role encompasses meeting with clients, creating looks, sourcing wardrobe items, styling for various projects, and ensuring the return of items post-production. Her job allows her to work with an ample array of clients, from music artists, fashion brands, restaurants, and other companies to build a proper image for their business.


Priscilla Marquez, an alumna of our Fashion Luxury and Brand Management program, has seamlessly transitioned into a prominent role in the luxury retail sector. She serves as Omnichannel Support at Bulgari Corporation of America, where she plays a crucial role in expanding and advancing the company’s digital and distance sales channels. In her position, Priscilla oversees daily projects that are crucial for boosting sales and optimizing operational efficiency. Her educational background in luxury and brand management has equipped her with the expertise to effectively manage and enhance Bulgari’s omnichannel strategies, ensuring seamless online and offline customer experiences. Priscilla’s strategic approach and dedication drive the brand’s growth and success in a competitive marketplace.


Michael Acierno, a recent graduate of our Fashion Design program, has rapidly emerged as a dynamic force in the fashion industry. During his studies, he actively participated in brand partnerships, including a notable collaboration with Salvatore Ferragamo, and showcased his designs at various fashion weeks across the Americas. Michael’s innovative approach to fashion is evident in his recent venture, launching his brand, ‘Acierno.’ As the designer for Acierno’s collection of clothing and accessories, he enjoys experimenting with innovative techniques and materials. His commitment to sustainability is highlighted by his use of recycled plastic in his collections. Michael’s unique blend of creativity and environmental consciousness positions his brand to significantly impact the fashion landscape.


Maria Serapiglia, a graduate of our BFA in Fashion Business program, has taken a significant step in her career by joining Kering Eyewear as a LATAM Customer Service intern. Kering Eyewear is part of the prestigious Kering Group, a global luxury conglomerate that houses several renowned fashion, leather goods, and jewelry brands. In her role, Maria is pivotal in enhancing customer service strategies and operations across Latin America. Her education in fashion business has provided her with a robust understanding of luxury brand management, which she now applies to optimize customer engagement and satisfaction. Maria’s position at Kering Eyewear allows her to contribute directly to the success and growth of the brand in a dynamic and competitive luxury market.


Uma Peña, currently pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design, has embraced the comprehensive opportunities provided by our school to step out of her comfort zone and explore Miami’s vibrant cultural scene. Her philosophy as a designer—to try everything—has dramatically enriched her creative endeavors. Uma is a freelance designer and an artist and creative who finds expression in writing poems and designing unique pieces. Her passion for creating is evident in every facet of her work, allowing her to make a distinct mark in the fashion and art communities. As Uma continues her studies, she applies the insights gained from her varied experiences in Miami to develop her distinctive style and artistic voice further. Her commitment to exploration and creativity continues to guide her journey, promising a bright future in the design world.


Candela is a creative, enthusiastic, and responsible Fashion Business graduate who has demonstrated a love for tackling new challenges and seizing opportunities for growth within the program. Candela is a dedicated and multi-tasking individual with a passion for the dynamic world of fashion, known for her hard work and commitment to excellence. Her journey at Istituto Marangoni Miami has been marked by invaluable support and countless enriching experiences since her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Business began. From the outset, Candela has embraced every opportunity to expand her knowledge and skills, immersing herself fully in the business world.