About the Accademia Italiana

A few comments from famous names, guests of our Institute

Press and media help professional growth

Gianni Quaranta"It is very important that young designers be supported and encouraged by those who have experience, and that is why I'm here this evening. The press and the media can certainly help their professional growth, and for this reason we have created a site with a channel specially dedicated to young people".
Franca Sozzani, Director of Vogue Italia and Goodwill Ambassador of Fashion 4 Development
(during year-end fashion show, April 2013)

You were really excellent! Continue to follow your dreams

Gianni Quaranta"You were really excellent, you should never lose faith in yourselves. Continue to follow your dreams so that one day they can transform into reality".
Brunello Cucinelli, Entrepreneur and Designer
(during year-end fashion show, April 2013)

A wonderful fashion show

Gianni Quaranta"This evening I saw a wonderful fashion show; I liked some of the outfits so much that I'd like to have them for myself".
Guillermo Mariotto, Fashion Designer, Maison Gattinoni
(during year-end fashion show, April 2013)

Student's creativity

Gianni Quaranta“Every time I come into contact with the creativity of the students of Accademia Italiana is an amazing experience”.
Gianni Quaranta, internationally famous and Oscar awarded set designer
(nominated Honorary President of the Accademia Italiana in July 2012)

Remarkable educational programs

Evelyn Haim Swarovsky“I have great admiration for the Accademia Italiana and the remarkable educational programs it offers to its students and the fine designers it has been able to develop over the years”.
Evelyn Haim Swarovsky, Jewelry and Product designer
(during year-end fashion show, April 2011)

A wonderful school

Elio Fiorucci“The Accademia Italiana is a wonderful school because it dedicates great attention both to creativity and to production techniques, reaching excellent results”.
Elio Fiorucci, fashion designer
(during year-end fashion show, April 2011)

Creativity and professionality

John Richmond“I've never seen such creativity, such ideas, such professionality. The students of A.I. have incredible quality”.
John Richmond, fashion designer
(during year-end fashion show, April 2010)

My prize to you

James Ivory“I wish to dedicate this prize, this pyramid to all the students of Accademia Italiana”.
James Ivory, film producer
(during year-end fashion show, April 2010)

Creative freedom supported by solid technical knowhow

Vivienne Westwood“It is evident that the Accademia Italiana is an excellent school. The students are given great creative freedom, but it’s not only freedom because it shows the support of solid technical knowledge”.
Vivienne Westwood, fashion designer
(during year-end fashion show, April 2008)

Nothing is impossible

Carla Fendi“Continue to believe in what you’re doing because nothing is impossible if you really believe (...)”.
Carla Fendi, President of Gruppo Fendi
(during year-end fashion show, April 2009)

Hard work and optimism

Ottavio Missoni“I am impressed by the hard work and the love of these young students. I have seen a great deal of optimism. I would like to give awards to all the students of the Accademia Italiana”.

Ottavio Missoni, fashion designer
(during the year-end events, April 2009)

Talent is important

Ermanno Scervino“I have always given great attention to young students and I am very interested in the students that the Accademia Italiana prepares. It is not true that it is difficult to find work in the fashion industry. There is room for everyone – you just need talent”.
Ermanno Scervino, fashion designer
(during an interview at "RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana", June 2009)

A super-energy

Alessandro Mendini“Here there is always a super energy. All the projects that I have seen demonstrate a great intelligence and quality”.
Alessandro Mendini, architect and designer
(during the year-end events, April 2009)

Give space to youth

Franco Zeffirelli“For young people, who often receive an inadequate education, initiatives like of the Accademia Italiana are very important because they open here for them the vision of a dream in art and show business. I like this and I am happy to participate, not to show off my experience, but for that wich I received my self at their age that today I can pass on to them.”
Franco Zeffirelli, film director
(during an interview at the workshop he held at the Accademia Italiana, April 22, 2005)

The importance of costume design

Dino Trappetti“... I believe that it is an important fact that in this school the costume designers learn not only to draw but also to cut and actually create their costumes. This is an important difference with respect to other schools and courses where they teach only design. The project is extremely interesting and very articulated. I am happy to offer the use of our studio and our costumes to these students as examples for reference for these youth who are learning”.
Dino Trappetti, Sartoria Tirelli Foundation
(from the speech given during the inaugural conference, Rome, October 2004)