Accessories Design

Shoes and Bags: Leather is the Skin

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Accessories Design is an effective program teaching how to design and produce collections of accessories based on the long-standing, sophisticated, Italian legacy of craftsmanship. Accessories designers interpret the fetishism of fashion whilst maintaining their artistic integrity and communicating the power of a product made by hand.

Accessories Design features four interlaced areas. Craft: the acquirement of cultural and technical skills. Design: the research and conception of the key products. Development: the creation, fashioning and finishing of artefacts. Presentation: the personal portfolio and public exhibition of a collection.

This intensive specialisation course is run by resident teachers from the industry and international guests, featuring field trips to both artisan and industrial production sites, access to all machineries in the new Polimoda Design Lab, plus workshops and applied projects with companies, and internship opportunities.

Lessons take place from January to September and amount to a total of 700 contact hours. There is the possibility of completing the course with an internship in a fashion company, leading to the overall obtainment of 80 credits. English language proficiency and attendance are required. Candidates with work experience or relevant studies in fashion and related fields will be selected after a enrolment questionnaire and an interview with the course’s leading teacher.

Study Plan

The four areas, Craft, Design, Development and Presentation, take concrete form in a study plan made of nine specialising modules:

Contemporary Fashion
Industry, players, calendars, key designers, iconic collections and products by concept, art & fashion, shows and performances.

Craft to Business
Tanneries, leather and treatments, alphabet and grammar of a leather item, theory and practice in the use of raw materials, supply chain, elements of business.

Fashion Trend Lab
Colour theory and practice, trend design research and development, mood board creation, application of the trend to fashion design & technology.

Accessories Design
Fashion and academic drawing, illustration, figurine, body and space, collection design, fashion and luxury iconography, personal collection.

Leather Technology
Pattern design and making, cutting and sewing, prototyping, decoration techniques, shoe and bag creation, open laboratory.

Product Development
Supply chain, materials procurement, elements of merchandising, laboratory management, line planning, product industrialisation.

Graphic Design
Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, iconic image creation, elements of typography, personal portfolio, CAD design, 3D design & printing.

Product Communication
Show, performance, installation, lookbook, presentation techniques, b2b and b2c presentation materials, elements of styling.

Fashion Accessories
Fetish research and iconography, material driven design, small jewellery and metal goods, luxury licensing systems.

Career Opportunities

The career of a Shoe and Bag Design Specialist grants a broad set of competences, not only the ones for translating contemporary culture and trend references into a desirable product line, but also the ones for mastering every working stage of a studio lab, from idea to delivery, with determination.