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 iconic objects of accessories embellish fashion, and the fashion business recognises the embellishment, beauty and fame of accessories ‘Made in Italy’. Bridging creativity and business worlds, this course prepares specialised ‘sought after’ design and product management profiles. This 15 months course (including placement) is for 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, world renown for quality top-class manufacturing techniques. Participants explore how to source both local and Italian manufacturing, which is exemplary in its identification and use of materials and manufacturing techniques, and learn how to successfully balance design and functionality with sophisticated aesthetics; organised visits to companies also provide first-hand experience of design and accessories manufacturing.
Participants learn how to design and put together collections tied to the concept of ‘decorative’ luxury. Research into luxury accessories and the influence of the contemporary fashion panorama on style concepts and production techniques, as well as current issues in sustainability, neo-craftsmanship, hi-technology, alternative business models and the use of new materials will inform work. Industry competitions and 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.
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 iconic objects...
- The accessory product
- The luxury market
- Collection building and management
- Visual communication and brand identity
- Research methods
- Manufacture ‘Made in Italy’
- Materials for luxury accessories and product management
- Fashion research
- Fashion marketing
- Business management
The accessory product The luxury market Collection building and management Visual communication and brand identity Research methods Manufacture ‘Made in Italy’ Materials for luxury accessories and product management Fashion research Fashion marketing Business...