The Miami School of Fashion

Istituto Marangoni announces the Group expansion into the Americas with the opening of the first US School in Miami’s Design District, the 10th in the world. The school will now deliver the brand’s proven and unparalleled education model to top students throughout the US and Latin America. The school’s location will be unveiled on the occasion of Art Basel Miami, running from December 7th to 10th.

“Bringing Istituto Marangoni to the Americas satisfies a long-term vision to support and develop youth interested in fashion and design from all over the word,” said Roberto Riccio, C.E.O. of Istituto Marangoni Group. “We are thrilled by the opportunity to give emerging talent in the Americas a platform to hone their skills and realize their true potential in the industry”. The Group selected Miami for its existing international allure and for its need for a firmly established fashion school. The city’s rapid growth in the design and art categories, coupled with its accessibility to Latin America, made it the perfect choice to develop a fashion and design hub that will soon be valued around the world.

Hakan Baykam, President of the new School, has built an impressive Istituto Marangoni Advisory Board in the Americas that consists of names like Silvia Tcherassi, Wen Zhou, Esteban Cortazar, Craig Robins, Carlo D’Amario, Oscar Feldenkreis, Karla Martinez, Milan Vukmirovic and Paula Cademartori. He is also curating a high-profile team of leaders for the new campus, which includes Massimo Casagrande (alumnus, founder of his own menswear label and former Versace designer) as Director of Education and Pablo Arbelaez as School Director.

The school, which offers Associates, BA and Masters Programs, will be anchored by values that were ‘Made in Italy’ but will also blend with the city’s unique cultural elements, such as sustainability and innovation.


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