The Master in Collection Design is a constructive program created to develop Fashion Designers who master technical skills and are capable of producing a sure-fire collection that is fully fashioned, well finished and merchandisable.
The collection will be ready for industrialization in either classic, casual, street, or other categories and presented in an original way to show the ultimate expression of a brief.
This program is composed of three main didactic areas: Craft, the acquisition of cultural and technical skills; Design, the research and conception of a collection and Development, the creation, fashioning and finishing of the garments. The final presentation consists in the exhibition of a personal portfolio and public performance of a collection.
This intensive specialization program is run by resident teachers from the industry and international guests. It features workshops in tailoring techniques, draping, pattern making and printing, constant teamwork with master artisans and a special applied project with an external company as well as internship opportunities.
Lessons amount to a total of 700 contact hours and the overall obtainment of 80 credits.
This course is completed with the possibility of an internship in a fashion company.
Candidates with work experience or relevant studies in fashion and related fields are eligible and selected after the admission process.
Founded in Milan by Gerolamo Etro in 1968, Etro is synonymous with craftsmanship and creativity with a full range of Men’s and Women’s Ready-to-Wear, Accessories, Home, Fragrances and, starting in 2023, Kids and Eyewear collections.
After a long history under the leadership of the Etro family, creators of a unique iconography and DNA, in July 2021 L Catterton acquired the majority share of the company. Following the acquisition, in June 2022, Marco De Vincenzo was appointed as Creative Director for all of the Maison’s lines.
De Vincenzo’s vision is a celebration of the essence of individuality with full respect to the brand’s roots and the traditions of Made in Italy.
Etro’s presence is driven by the brand’s retail stores consisting of more than 130 locations in over 20 countries across Europe, North America, Middle East and APAC with a prestigious positioning in the symbolic cities of luxury shopping such as Milan, London, Paris, Dubai, New York, Beijing, and Tokyo.
Etro’s distribution network also includes omnichannel, travel retail, and selected global wholesale retailers.
Mentors share tools, guidance, motivation and resources with students throughout their program. They play an important role in the professional lives of young students.
Marco De Vincenzo
Founder of Marco De Vincenzo, Creative Director of Etro and Leather Goods Head Designer at Fendi
Marco de Vincenzo was born in Messina and at eighteen, Marco moved to Rome to study fashion at the Istituto Europeo del Design. At twenty-one, the designer joined the creative offices of Fendi where he currently holds the position of Leather goods Head Designer. In 2009, he launched his eponymous label. That same year, Marco won the competition “Who Is On Next” organized by Vogue Italia. In 2014, LVMH signed a partnership with Marco leading to international growth for the brand. In 2022 he became Creative Director at Etro.
Today, Marco de Vincenzo is recognized internationally as one of the most innovative and interesting voices in fashion, made in Italy. What distinguishes Marco’s work is his innate tendency for contradiction, which leads him to experiment and research innovation in every collection.
The curriculum of the course includes a range of subjects that will help students develop their skills and knowledge in the field. Some of the key topics covered include:
- Brand Management
- Fashion Culture
In order to be eligible for this course, you will need to be selected after the admission process.
During the application you are required to upload a Portfolio including an overview of your previous work with samples and photos.
Basic requirements are:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) with motivation letter
- English language proficiency
- Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or professional work experience in a related field
The career of a Collection Design Specialist requires a broad set of competencies, from translating contemporary culture and trend references into winning product lines to following every working stage —idea to delivery— with determination.