In 1964, fashion and costume Historian and Designer Rosana Pistolese founded the Accademia Costume & Moda in Rome, creating an educational establishment that would serve both the fashion industry and the costume needs of entertainment industry.
Over the succeeding 52 years, the school has educated a number of renowned fashion designers, including Alessandro Michele, creative director of Gucci and his predecessor Frida Giannini; Tommaso Aquilano; Albino D'Amato and Maurizio Galante... Alumni within the costume design industry include Isabella Rossellini, Oscar Winner Manlio Rocchetti, Francesca Sartori and Illustrator and Cirque du Soleil designer Stefano Canulli.
Through the Accademia’s Industry contacts students participate in live brief projects and are sponsored with fabrics and materials by Italy’s finest producers. Graduates have an excellent record of work placement.
Academic Offer, accredited by Italian Ministry of Education:
Costume & Fashion (180 ECTS)
Fashion Editor, Styling & Communication
Master's Degrees (60 ECTS)
Alta Moda, in collaboration Maison VALENTINO (AY 15/16)
Accessories Design, in collaboration FENDI (AY 15/16)
Costume (Opera&Ballet), in collaboration Italian Costumiers
Creative Knitwear Design - Modateca Deanna.
The school and its curriculum are designed to act as a cultural platform, fostering the interchange of ideas and inspiration between students and faculty alike. Students are taught to focus their creativity through historical research, design, experimentation and prototyping and craftsmanship.
The Accademia sees its mission as nurturing the individual talents of its student body, helping them to define their own unique creative identity.