Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing is an Italian centre of excellence, recognized worldwide for its high quality, fashion-oriented, didactic offer ranging from Design & Marketing to Management and Communication, in line with industry and fashion company needs. Polimoda relies on a team of professors with a solid background and experience in the fashion industry, a team focused on providing students with an updated education, always in-line with the fast changing fashion business. Our faculty is expert in the different fields of fashion design, marketing, management, branding, communication, trends, footwear and pattern design as well as research in fashion.

A Center for Italian Excellence

Polimoda is, so to speak, an institute with the gene for Italian excellence, as well as an international vocation. Polimoda is recognized around the globe for its high quality fashion and marketing teaching programs. Founded in 1986 as part of an initiative conceived and financed by the Cities of Florence and Prato and fashion-sector trade associations, and the collaboration of the Fashion Institute of Technology from the State University of New York, Polimoda offers students impeccable professional training through highly-specialized working and research methodology. Polimoda is also a member of IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes).

Polimoda Opinion Leader

Much more than a training center: a creative campus, the meeting place of “visionaries” and opinion leaders from the worlds of fashion, culture, and professional training, in which Polimoda is an authoritative, internationally-recognized voice. In 2015, Polimoda will be hosting the “IFFTI – International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes” conference, promoting a global network comprising the world’s most advanced centers for Fashion Design, Technology and Business training. Following in the footsteps of many Renaissance spirits, Florence and Polimoda are preparing for a new challenge, and for a Renai[chance].

Quality Management System

From 2002 Polimoda has been developing a quality management system certified by TŰV Italia, aimed at reinforcing its role of leading institute and center of excellence in fashion education, thanks to a steady organizational improvement.

The quality system is the main instrument through which Polimoda confirms its commitment to all those standards granting efficiency, reliability and improvement through the years.

International Ranking

The Business of Fashion produces what is considered to be the most respected international ranking system for fashion institutes. For two years running this Global School Ranking has placed Polimoda in the Top 10 for the Master’s and Undergraduate programs, positioning it as the best fashion institute in Italy in both 2015 and 2016.

Professionals Tailored to Industry Needs

Networking and ongoing interaction with fashion companies are just some of the added values offered by Polimoda through its courses and masters programs, training professionals for today’s fashion system demands. Polimoda training nurtures managerial professionals such as Brand and Communication Managers and Buyers, as well as a professional team on the creative side of the business including Art/Creative Directors, Fashion Designers, Fashion Illustrators, Fashion Stylists, Footwear & Accessories Designers etc.  Experts are also formed in the new web-based professions (Digital Strategy Planners, Web Content Curators, and Social Media Managers) as well as those who work closest to production (Product Development Managers, Patternmakers, Samplemakers).

Polimoda Facts & Figures

1.300 students / 70% International / 200 in internships / 88% employed within 6 months of completion of studies

over 29 years of experience / 150 professors / 2 prestigious facilities

one of the best fashion libraries in Europe / 22.000 books & monographs / 400 fashion magazines

Ferruccio Ferragamo
Ferruccio Ferragamo, President
Danilo Venturi, Director

Polimoda and Its Management

A name representing “Fashion Made in Italy” world wide


Specialised in Art Directing and Brand Management and expert in fashion education


A world renowned name in the fashion education field

Linda Loppa
Linda Loppa, Advisor Strategy & Vision

Wide Education Choice

Polimoda presents a wide choice of educational offers, covering all profiles within the fashion system:

Complete educational packages of 3 or 4 years duration.  These programs are for undergraduates looking for a future in design, patternmaking, marketing, branding and communication.

Wide range of high-quality 9-month masters, both in English and in Italian, covering all the prominent professional roles in the fashion & luxury field.

Short courses of 1 Month / 2 Weeks duration, which provide insight and introduction to the fashion system in a range of different design and business subjects and specialisations.

Summer courses, short courses, private and ad-hoc programs, professional and corporate education and various projects in collaboration with many other educational centers and professional institutes around the world.

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Polimoda Quality Values

Dynamism and Innovation
Polimoda is fully aware that the fashion system is subject to continuous change and therefore is committed to constantly review, redefine and improve its courses, faculty and services for students and companies.

Enhancing Talent
Polimoda assists and promotes the creativity and technical inclinations of its students by setting up educational units that can stimulate individual capabilities from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Twice a year we offer a platform to support young talented students and alumni. (see Polimoda Talent Exhibition)

Care for Local Area Development
Polimoda defines itself as “a school close to fashion companies”: the set up of courses reflects all the concrete needs of the fashion industry.

Polimoda works with international clients offering tailor made programs and collaborates with international agents as well as participating in fairs worldwide to recruit new talent in every field of fashion education. Our students now cover more 30 different nationalities.

Polimoda Academic Staff

Polimoda relies on a team of professors with long term-experiences in the fashion industry, a team focused on providing students with an updated education, always close to the fast changing fashion business.

Our faculty is expert in the different fields of Fashion Design, Marketing, Management, Branding, Communication, Trend Forecasting, Shoe and Pattern Design as well as research in Fashion.

Polimoda Locations

The premises of Villa Favard and its converted stables right in the heart of Florence are unique, combining historic Tuscan elegance with completely refurbished modern facilities. The new Design Lab in Scandicci gives an extra flavor to the didactic activities.

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