history and mission

Istituto Marangoni - History and Mission

Teach fashion, teach art, teach design.

Is it possible to teach fashion? That was the question that Giulio Marangoni, famous for his clothes, which were already being worn by the Italian aristocracy, asked himself in 1935. To answer this question, he founded the Istituto Artistico dell’Abbigliamento Marangoni, or the Marangoni Artistic Clothing Institute in Milan. It was a school to train professionals and technicians specializing in the field of fashion.

Istituto Marangoni has never stopped believing in the value of training, constantly updating its programmes to ensure they are in line with Italian and international market needs. In the past few years, Istituto Marangoni has opened four new schools: London in 2003, Paris in 2006, Shanghai in 2013, and Milano Design in 2014. Istituto Marangoni now announces the opening of the new School of Fashion, Art & Design in Florence, scheduled for October 2016.

The teaching spaces of Istituto Marangoni have tested the talents of four generations of professionals, hailing from 106 different countries and representing the heritage of our school. Today Istituto Marangoni continues to successfully ‘teach fashion’, as its founder wished. It also teaches design, which has many contact points and overlaps with the world of fashion: colour, materials and creativity. 

With a wide range of course possibilities, preparatory, three-year undergraduate and master’s courses, Istituto Marangoni has always maintained the goal of training the professionals of tomorrow in key sectors, such as design, communication and managerial coordination.

the mission to empower talent in fashion, art and design

To excel as a centre of professional and creative learning in the Fashion, Art and Design fields; to nourish international industries, providing talented Istituto Marangoni graduates from all over the world.

We strive to achieve this mission by:

Since 1935, this has been the mission of Istituto Marangoni, beginning with fashion and extending to design, always with the aim of providing those who choose Istituto Marangoni for their training with the best means to express themselves creatively. Today Marangoni Institute is an established and recognized aesthetic laboratory of European-style culture with a specifically Italian imprint.

Working with the most interesting names in fashion and design, teachers are able to pass on their expertise to train the excellence of tomorrow’s industry professionals, enabling them to contextualize classroom learning in the realities of the marketplace. The path includes constant contact with the best companies in fashion and design, who look to the Istituto for new individuals to work in their companies.

In addition to a variety of both long and short courses in fashion and design in the established schools, the new school in Florence will include an intense programme of studies dedicated to art, encompassing History of Art, Art Management and Multimedia Art.

Students at Istituto Marangoni are given the best tools to stimulate their own growth and are equipped to confidently face the working world. Courses consist of constant contact through the faculty with the most important companies in the sector.

In the schools in Milan, Florence, Paris, London and Shanghai, students from all over the world meet and interact through a continuous exchange of ideas, projects, stimuli and vision. There is one common denomination to this experience, which is the evolution of an aesthetic value that contributes to clarifying the future choices of profession for our students.