Specialization, multi-disciplinary approach and preferential relations with the Fashion System. These are the pillars on which the network of partners comprising the Milano Fashion Institute rests. In addition to the institutions of the fashion industry,that are able to represent themost expressive production systems of the "Made in Italy" in different product categories, Milano Fashion Institute has set up, from its foundation, strong relations with the most important Italian and international companies of the industry, in order to strengthen the placement of its students and to promote innovation of fashion professions.
The objective of an educational program that provides students with immediately transferable skills and competences inside the working environment is also supported by the collaboration with the Municipality of Milan and the National Chamber of Italian Fashion.
From 2012, Milano Fashion Institute has set up an internationalization process through affiliation with leading international universities, including the American University of Science and Technology, Beirut.
In 2013, Milano Fashion Institute joined the official calendar of cultural activities for fashion and design in occasion of Expo 2015, Municipality of Milan.
The National Chamber for Italian Fashion (Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana) is the non profit Association that regulates, coordinates and promotes the development of Italian fashion. It represents the highest cultural values of Italian fashion and has a mission to protect, coordinate and enhance its image both in Italy and internationally. The Association is the point of reference and preferential mouthpiece for all national and international initiatives to enhance the value and promote Italian style, customs and fashion. Milano Fashion Institute performs its Masters in collaboration with the National Chamber for Italian Fashion.
>Milan Municipality and the Councillorships for Culture, Fashion, Design and for the Labour, Economic Development, University and Research, have been active in giving support to enterprises and institutions working in the fashion industry. Among their actions, there are even redevelopment projects of industrial places to be allocated to hub for business activities in the field of cultural and creative industries, fashion and design in particular. In these projects, Milano Fashion Institute is a privileged partner of the Municipality of Milan for the post-graduate training in the fashion industry.
Sistema Moda Italia is one of the world's largest organization representing the manufacturers of textiles and fashion. The Federation represents a sector, with over 510,000 employees and nearly 60,000 companies, that is an essential part of the Italian economy and manufacturing industry. The Federation aims to protect and promote the interests of the industry and its members and represents the entire industry, nationally and internationally, in dealing with institutions, government, business organizations, labor and social issues. In particular, SMI contributes to make the textile and fashion industry one of the most important economic sectors of Italy.
The Association of Italian Footwear Manufacturers brings together Italian manufacturers of footwear. The industry is composed by a very large number of companies, including small sized ones, each specializing in specific product segments. About 1,000 are members of the Association. Overall, their turnover represents 70% of the Italian footwear production. The purpose of Assocalzaturifici is to study, encourage, and promote initiatives in economic, technical and scientific interests of the footwear industry, representing them in all levels of government. Particular attention is devoted to promoting the category on the main foreign markets, in order to maintain the image and the presence of Italian footwear, known for creativity, taste, originality in design, together with the accuracy of processing and handicraft the use of carefully selected materials. Through its own service company the Association organizes MICAM Shoevent, the leading international exhibition of footwear.
Founded in 1946, as ANIMPEC (National Association of Leather and Leather Manufacturing Industry), it was the first trade association representing the Italian leather goods. In 1962 there were 15 companies associated, and the owners of seven of them, individually, became promoters of the first exhibition of leather goods in Italy, the MIPEL. The decade ‘60s/’70s, firstly for ANIMPEC and then for AIMPES, was a period of tremendous commercial development that has resulted in a profound transformation of businesses in the organization of production and in the marketing process, both in domestic and foreign markets. The progress towards the industrial dimension was gradually and increasingly addressing the need to keep alive the attitude of the old aesthetic and creative crafts. The association name AIMPEC will be changed in 1966, into AIMPES (Italian Association of Manufacturing Leather and Substitutes). Today, the Association is faced with the new challenges of the global market, trying to infuse a new culture in their own companies, in terms of approach to business problems, combining the traditional craft of skill and accuracy with the constant ability to innovate in the production processes, increasing the importance of their role in the global market.
The Milano Fashion Institute collaborates with the most qualified Italian and international companies operating in the fashion industry. The sponsors of the Milano Fashion Institute are valuable partners in order to make the masters even closer to the needs of the professional sector and in concrete are given the important task of scouting talent thanks to grants that they provide to the best students, among which they can choose the best suited profiles for their business.
Masters provides a full calendar of activities in direct contact with the job market, including itinerant seminars, guest speeches, integrated Team Field Projects to be carried out during the year under the supervision of the Faculty in conjiunction with companies, as well as the internships, lasting a minimum of 3 months.
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Field Integrated projects represent a unique opportunity for students to integrate into the teaching activity research projects and real case studies carried out in partnership with leading fashion companies which provide a project brief on a current theme shared between the company management and the teachers of the Milano Fashion Institute.
Integrated projects are carried out through a full time training module, coordinated by a multidisciplinary team of teachers, in which, starting from the design brief prepared by the company and by the teachers, students will work in teams to create a proposal to give an answer to the objectives defined by the brief itself. The overall objective is to develop a business strategy, (product, retail and / or communication) with a high level of innovation, and consistent with the reality of the client, simulating work processes that are as close as possible to the reality of professional contexts.
Antonia, Alessi, Arav Fashion (Silvian Heach), Arcadia (Dondup), Billionaire Italian Couture, Carmina Campus, Corneliani, Damir Doma, Desigual, Dolce & Gabbana, Felisi, Franklin & Marshall, Frau, Giano (La Martina), Giorgio Armani, Logan, LVMH, Lubiam, Maliparmi, Mantero, Ports 1961, Preca Brummel (Brums), Roberto Cavalli, The North Face, Sartoria Partenopea, Successori Reda (Reda), Stella Mc Cartney Italia, Stone Island, Swinger International (Byblos), Txt e-solutions, Valentino Fashion Group (Valentino, R.E.D. Valentino), Vivienne Westwood.
Field integrated Team Field Projects are carried out in partnerships with the leading fashion companies that provide a brief on a current topic shared between the company management and the Faculty of the Milano Fashion Institute.
Other companies that participated in the activities of internships and placement are:
Accenture • Al Tayer Group • Alexander Mcqueen • Alter • Arcoretail • Armando Testa • Balenciaga • Ballantyne • Bally • Benetton • Bottega Veneta • Braccialini • Brooks Brothers • Brioni • Brunello Cucinelli • Bulgari • Burberry • Calzedonia Group • Canclini Tessile • Chanel • Class Editori • Coin Excelsior • Condé Nast • Conbipel • Corneliani • CP Company • Diesel Group • Dolce & Gabbana • Dondup • Emilio Pucci • Eurojersey • Ermanno Scervino • Ermenegildo Zegna • Etro • Fendi • Ferragamo • Fratelli Rossetti • Frau • Furla • Geox • Giorgio Armani • Gruppo C14 • Gucci • Guess • Guffanti • Hearst Magazine • Hermes • Hugo Boss • Inditex Group • Jil Sander • Kering • Kering Eyewear • Lanvin • La Rinascente • Levi's • Liu Jo • Logan • Lorena Antoniazzi • Loro Piana • Louis Vuitton • Luciano Padovan • LVMH • Michael Kors • Maliparmi • Mantero • Marni • Max Mara Group • Miroglio Fashion Group • Missoni • Moncler • Monnalisa • Moreschi • Moschino • Neil Barrett • Neinver Italia • Ovs • Penelope • Pollini • Pomellato • Pinko • Piquadro • Ports1961 • Privalia • Ralph Lauren • Ratti • Reda • Renè Caovilla • Roberto Cavalli • Sergio Rossi • Shiseido • Slam • Staff International • Stefanel • Stella Mc Cartney • Stone Island • Swatch Group • Swinger • Tod’s Group • Tommy Hilfger • Trussardi • Twin Set • Valentino •Value Lab • Value Retail • Versace • Vivienne Westwood • Yamamay • Yoox
Milano Fashion Institute has activated affiliation and/or exchange and cooperation agreements with:
American University of Science and Technology, Beirut, Lebanon
Associacion Industrial de Confeccionistas del Paragua, Asuncion, Paraguay
IES Abroad Italy Foundation, Milan, Italy
Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Notre Dame University-Louaize, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon
Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore, Pakistan
University of Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, Colombia