Academy of Fashion and Costume Design. School founded in Rome in 1964 by Rosanna Pistolese. She is a Professor of Costume Design at California State University as well as a journalist, costume designer, fashion designer, historian and fashion expert.
The school offers a four-year course in fashion and costume design. Students study the history, technique and theory of both in parallel coursework. The instructors are university and college professors, journalists and industry professionals. Short courses are also scheduled during the year. Admission is at age 18 after graduation from high school. Those who are already college graduates enroll for only the last two years of study.
Valentino once called the school “a breeding ground for Italian fashion.” Around 70% of the students find a job in the industry. Among its former students who have become famous is Isabella Rossellini. The designs of the students are presented on the runways of the Altaromaltamoda.
A student of the Academy is appointed design director of Exté. He is the 30 year-old Sergio Ciucci who, after studying at the Academy, worked for two years in Japan and later on with Maurizio Galante. His first men’s wear Collection was presented in the Autumn-Winter season of 2003-2004.
In 2014, in on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Academy, a volume entitled Accademia costume e moda 1964-2014 was published by Palombi Editori by Maria di Napoli Rampolla and Antonio Mancinelli.
In June 2020 the new campus was inaugurated. Sara Azzone will direct it. The building is located in via Fogazzaro 23 a few steps from Piazza Cinque Giornate and Corso di Porta Vittoria.
Academy of Fashion and Costume Design’s numbers
It is positioned n.1 in the world (ex.aequo with 2 other international schools) in the Fashion Design category (Graduate and Undergraduate).according to the ranking “The Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019” drawn up by The Business of Fashion (BoF) magazine. The Accademia boasts job start-up rates that exceed 85% on Bachelor’s and 90% on Masters, in Italy and around the world. It collaborates with over 150 companies in the Fashion System (Maison and manufacturing companies) and Entertainment. Furthermore, again in 2019, Accademia Costume & Moda was among the 25 best fashion schools in the world having been included in the international ranking drawn up by the Fashionista magazine “The Top 25 Fashion Schools in the World: 2019”.
In recent years, there have been many students who have positioned themselves as finalists and winners of important international awards and competitions (LVMH Graduate Prize, ITS Award, Mittelmoda, Milano Moda Graduate, just to name a few). By way of example, with reference to the prestigious international LVMH Graduate Prize competition organized by the LVMH Group, Academy of Fashion and Costume Design boasts 3 victories in the last 4 years, and is the only Italian fashion school to have ever won it to date and the second school in the world by number of wins.
Many of the alumni are today some of the most important professionals of the fashion system. Creative directors, entrepreneurs, heads and senior designers, product managers, journalists, stylists at national level and international.
Academy of Fashion and Costume Design provides study courses legally recognized by the Ministry of University and Research (MUR) and falls within the sector of Higher Education in Music and Dance (AFAM).
The “Fiamma Lanzara” Library-Newspaper Library, named after its historic President, together with the Historical Archive, represents the largest fashion cultural documentation center in Lazio. The Library has 4,500 monographic volumes and 12,000 magazine issues. It covers more than 150 years of fashion journalism. It is the first documentation center for fashion in Italy to have received -.from the General Directorate of Archives of the Ministry for and.cultural and tourism activities (MIBACT) – recognition of “exceptional cultural interest for the characteristics.and peculiarities of the materials possessed.”
Furthermore in 2020, Academy of Fashion and Costume Design opened a Campus in Milan. It is dedicated to the areas of Communication and Design Management for Fashion and Entertainment.
On November 9, 2020, after a long illness, President Fiamma Lanzara passes away. “Vision, determination, passion, heart, resilience, strength, generosity and love”, these are the words used by her son Lupo in memory of a woman who wrote, in fifty years of work, a good story of Made in Italy.