Move over, Milan. Miami just got more fashion cred with new school opening

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 03:00:19 AM. Prestigious Italian fashion and design school Istituto Marangoni is expanding to the Americas with a campus in the Design District in Miami. The city was chosen for its accessibility and culture.

Miami’s really got fashion cred now.

Italy’s renowned Istituto Marangoni will open its 10th location, its first in the United States, in the Design District, at 3700 NE Second Ave., in January.

The fashion, art and design school was founded in 1935 in Milan and has trained some of the top professionals in the industry.

Imagine it kind of like Parsons — with an Italian accent.

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The prestigious institute currently educates 4,000 students per year from 107 countries at its schools, located in such cities as Paris, London, Shanghai and Mumbai. Famous alumni include such designers as Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino and Paula Cademartori.

“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 world,” said group managing director Roberto Riccio. “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 new school’s president, Hakan Baykam, is building an advisory board in the Americas that includes fashion luminaries such as designers Cademartori and Esteban Cortazar, as well as developer Craig Robins.

He says he has identified Miami as a prime new culture capital of the world and chose the city for its accessibility to students in Latin America and the U.S.

“We were looking to create a new global fashion destination and 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 for us,” said Baykam. “Miami already has the groundwork for success, and we feel that a brand of Istituto Marangoni’s caliber will take the city to the next level.”

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