Luxury Accessories Design & Management
These full time postgraduate level courses are highly specialised programmes that support participants’ careers the fashion, luxury and creative industries. They are designed for those who have already acquired specific skills in the appropriate area at undergraduate level, or for industry professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge of a specific subject area in fashion.
The luxury accessories industry has evolved from humble beginnings in producing functional add-ons, to the elevated status it has today: turning bags, shoes, belts and small leather goods into new iconic objects of desire. Accessories embellish fashion, and the fashion business recognizes the embellishment, beauty and fame of accessories ‘Made in Italy’ elevating them to an international product. Bridging creativity and business worlds, this course prepares specialized ‘sought after’ design and product management profiles.
This course is aimed at participants that have previous undergraduate level study in the fields of fashion, design or similar, or proven work experience, wishing to extend their knowledge in accessories collection design, planning and management, with a focus on Italian craftsmanship and style - admired and celebrated globally. Italian luxury brands and generations of highly skilled artisans and craftsmen work incessantly to uphold and support the ‘Made in Italy’ trademark, recognized worldwide for quality top-class manufacturing techniques.
Participants explore how Italian manufacturing is exemplary in its identification and use of materials and manufacturing techniques, and learn how to successfully balance design and functionality with sophisticated aesthetics; organized visits to Italian companies also provide first-hand experience of design and accessories manufacturing. Participants learn to design and create collections related to the concept of "decorative" luxury through the study of the most important international trends. Students also develop their research skills and become competent in presenting their ideas through the most advanced digital software without ever neglecting the physical aspect of a project. The research into the history of luxury accessories and the influence of the contemporary fashion panorama on style concepts and production techniques, as well as current issues in sustainability and the use of new materials. Industry projects in collaboration with companies explores real business heritage values and manufacturing techniques, and the inter-seasonal nature of accessory products, putting together a coordinated collection and diverse range of accessories that may include: bags, purses, shoes and small accessory items. Throughout the project they receive professional feedback and guidance from academics and industry professionals. Putting together a successful dissertation, work-experience and a personal accessories collection requires in fact a strategic mix of research, creativity, advanced design, and business project planning, this course provides the skills and knowledge to produce forward thinking design proposals for the high-end luxury market.
- Collection building and management
- Visual communication and brand identity
- Research methods
- Manufacture ‘Made in Italy’
- Fashion marketing
- Accessories Fashion Designer
- Accessories Fashion illustrator and digital renderers
- Accessories Product manager
- Trend Researcher/Forecaster
- Accessories Brand Manager