Fashion Critique and Curation

Connecting the Dots
Mentorship by Amber Butchart

It is increasingly difficult to find the time to turn off and reflect. This is your shot to learn how to communicate your unique perspective on contemporary fashion. 


  • Level: Master
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Cost:32,000
  • Language: English
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Start:January 17th 2022
End:September 17th 2022


The Master in Fashion Critique and Curation is a program designed to strengthen independent thinkers who are able to influence the opinion of readers and fashion stakeholders on the basis of an accurate analysis of every nuance in this sector, diving into the deep understanding of fashion culture and criticism as a social and aesthetic phenomenon and as an industry. 

A sense of the politics of style, emotional intelligence, along with proper attention given to both ethics and aesthetics, will lead to a captivating critique of the fashion system that can positively impact the industry.

This program features three main areas: Fashion Culture, focusing the deep knowledge of the contemporary fashion system, its anthropological background and current players; Fashion Writing, diving into the curation of your own social network and writing both a daily digest and an article of journalistic criticism and Fashion Socialite, including event organization, oratory art and public relations.

This intensive specialization program is run by teachers from the industry. International guest lecturers, field trips to trade fairs, fashion shows, companies and corporate museums are included. Two main projects will lead to the formation of independent critical thought activity, including a physical diary reporting experiences and speaking out Instagram page (or blog).
Lessons take place from January to September and amount to a total of 700 contact hours. The final project will be mandatory to complete the program and to the overall obtainment of 80 credits. English language proficiency and attendance are required. Candidates are eligible and selected after the admission process and the course is available to 14 students.

Upon completion of the Master, students will be automatically given the possibility to partake in the Polimoda Talent program.


Amber Butchart
Amber Butchart
Fashion historian, Author and Broadcaster

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian, author and broadcaster who specialises in the historical intersections between dress, politics and culture. She is a former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, and is a regular public lecturer at the UK’s leading institutions from the Tate to the V&A, and as far afield as Dubai and Hangzhou. Amber is a National Crime Agency External Advisor as well as a Consultant Forensic Garment Analyst, working on cases that require investigation of clothing and textiles. She also researches and presents documentaries for the BBC, including the six-part series A Stitch in Time for BBC Four that fused biography, art and the history of fashion to explore the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. Her publications include The Fashion of Film, Nautical Chic, a history of British fashion illustration for the British Library and her latest book, The Fashion Chronicles: Style Stories of History’s Best Dressed.

Learning modules

  • Fashion Culture
  • Fashion Writing
  • Fashion Socialite
  • Laboratories & Tools

Career opportunities

Endowed with a personal critical perspective and a strong vision, Fashion Critique graduates can lead the way and create a shared vision for Magazines and Publications and to work as Fashion Curators, Fashion Theorists, Fashion Writers, Fashion Critics, Fashion Consultants, Visual Directors, Brand Communicators, Fashion Editors and Fashion Activists.

The upcoming edition of this program will begin in January 2022. Polimoda will continue monitoring the Italian government’s safety advice and update its procedures as requirements change. Due to Covid 19, field trips and visits that cannot be done safely will be postponed and/or cancelled. If the conditions do not allow an experience on campus, we are prepared and committed to moving courses online until we are able to welcome our students at school.

Featured image: Andrea, Piazza Ognissanti - Postcards from Florence.

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