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Fashion Design

Fashion Design progressive courses provide participants with an opportunity to experience the world of fashion; learning key techniques and skills to design and create menswear or womenswear, while responding to changing needs, trends and influences of the fast-paced international fashion and luxury industries.

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Fashion designers are the inspiration for creative ideas and new trends, not only in clothing, but also in fabric development. They construct collections based on an informed understanding of art, design, fashion and the role of creativity, applying knowledge of materials and fabrics to create fresh new ideas for fashion.

From skills in sketching and fashion illustration, these courses aim to give as much opportunity as possible to aspiring fashion design professionals to experience techniques in fabric and clothing manufacturing, garment and collection design, pattern cutting and garment making, as well as exploring key notions in the history of dress, key fashion trends, and the fashion system. For personal enrichment and enjoyment, avocational progressing courses are offered in a series of four (4) distinct levels ranging from a foundation introductory level, working through to a higher comprehension of skill and study. This enables a ‘flexible learning experience’ for participants to select and build on their own experience, progress and personal achievement.





This course starts with an overview of sketching and drawing techniques for fashion. Participants are also introduced to pattern cutting basics, and the principles of art and dress in history, necessary for design research and to cultivate a creative vision. Participants discover the fundamental ‘base’ to designing for fashion, understanding skills that designers use today.

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– 12 weeks



In this unit students will explore their own design and collections, applying know-how and knowledge progressively gained. They will investigate the contemporary visual aesthetics to achieve a sensibility to trends and the market. Students will demonstrate skills of 3D construction and silhouette development. Defining a variety of fabric finishing, such as printing and dying, students will move forward in their professional approach as designers. Students are able to draw parallels between artistic movements and the history of dress from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century and be able to interpret them in a contemporary way.   

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In this course, participants are encouraged to develop skills in order to design fashion collections, based on an informed analysis of body proportion, the influences of art and culture on design, as well as exploring fabrics, garment construction, and the marketing of ideas in collection design.


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– 12 weeks



Students will work on their final project to create a collection based on a contemporary fashion analysis, developing 3 outfits each for a final show catwalk presentation. In this unit they will apply their pattern cutting knowledge to independently construct garments. Recognizing the qualities in fabrics and innovative materials to achieve future textile solutions. Moreover, they will assemble an individual portfolio for the industry, engaging digital illustration practices.

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Raquel Lieven - Fashion Business

Marangoni’s Fashion Business course provided me with a real-time analysis of the fashion market as it grappled with the Covid pandemic. 

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Fashion courses are supported by lectures, workshops, and subject specific presentations by a faculty of professionals in the field. If participants have little or no previous experience but would like to become familiar with some of the key disciplines in the industry, or a specific area, there are a variety of levels and course durations to suit all preferences. Continuing education courses are also the perfect ‘taster’ or introduction to the fashion industry, which may help in decision making for future in-depth study or career path development.

Complete your information and download the Brochure about the Degree programs and Fashion Courses. There are some experiences in life that lead to a radical transformation, where what comes after is light-years ahead of what preceded it. It is via such experiences, nurturing emotion and aspiration combined with academic rigor and expertise, that Istituto Marangoni participants have the opportunity to successfully navigate a stimulating, challenging, and productive future, and take their place amongst the stars. Studying at Istituto Marangoni provides such an experience, connecting skill and style at high-end international locations with an Italian imprint of history and culture, enriching talent and encouraging ambition.

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* These courses are not designed or intended to qualify its participants and graduates for employment. They are intended solely for the vocation, personal enrichment, and enjoyment of participants.

* Vocational level courses are not licensed by the Commission for Independent Education. These vocational short courses are not intended for employment purposes. 

Fashion Design

12-Week Progressive Courses in Fashion Design