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This Milan-Based Fashion School Finds a New Home in the Miami Design District


This Milan-Based Fashion School Finds a New Home in the Miami Design District

By Katie Jackson | March 21, 2018 | Culture

European fashion school Instituto Maragoni opens its first U.S. location in the Miami Design District.


Within the last decade, Miami has become known as an epicenter for the arts (thanks in large part to Art Basel and neighborhoods like the Wynwood Arts District). Next up? Fashion. Sure, we have Miami Swim Week, but the 305 has never reached the style status of other U.S. fashioncentric cities like New York or L.A. That is, until Milan-based and globally ranked fashion, art and design school Istituto Marangoni opened its doors in the Miami Design District. “My first choice for Istituto Marangoni’s inaugural U.S. campus was Miami because of its growing reputation as a design and art capital of the world,” explains Hakan Baykam, president of the Miami location. “Miami had the groundwork for success, and since the city is constantly evolving, I knew that Istituto Marangoni would quickly find its roots and take this city to the next level,” he says. “I’m creating a platform to bring some of the most stylish young talent to this city.” That platform will include associate degrees in fashion studies, bachelor’s degrees in fashion design, styling or business, and a master’s in fashion and luxury brand management. “What makes this school special is its flexibility,” says Baykam. “Istituto Marangoni’s approach to training young people is rooted in constantly contextualizing theoretical teachings for other markets and generations.” The outpost’s curriculum will be anchored by Italian values while blending Miami’s unique cultural elements. Even better? Students can expect to rub elbows with some of Miami’s fashion elite. “Istituto Marangoni’s Miami board consists of names like Craig Robins, Esteban Cortazar, Oscar Feldenkreis and Silvia Tcherassi,” says Baykam. So if you want to become the next Franco Moschino or Domenico Dolce (yes, they are both Istituto Marangoni alums), you can do it right here in the Magic City.