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  • Fashion Design
Course / I edition

Textile Frontiers

Rethinking materials and processes for contemporary textile design

2.000,00 €
12 Mar. 2021 - 30 Apr. 2021
  • Italian
Available seats


What is the relationship between fashion and our way of dressing, when a pandemic is capable of putting our daily lives at risk? What does “sustainability” mean in a globalized but of extreme disparity world?

The textile sector is one of the oldest activities carried out by man as well as one of the industrial sectors with the highest rate of manual experimentation and at the same time looking for new methods and processes for the integration of the most up-to-date technologies. Fabrics have been part of our history since the beginning of time and have accompanied us over the centuries through extraordinary social changes and technological revolutions. Today, faced with a future of unprecedented challenges and new tools offered by science to face them, designers have a unique opportunity to explore this context, looking for new solutions to adapt tradition and craftsmanship to a constantly changing market. Participants will design possibilities and ways of doing textile design by moving between the great contemporary themes, redefining the boundaries of the figure of the textile designer with their proposals: far from being only an artist or a technician dedicated to product development, the designer remodels his actions touching on the themes of sustainability, craftsmanship of processes, work ethic, availability of resources, the technological study of futuristic materials.

What is the relationship between fashion and our way of dressing, when a pandemic is capable of putting our daily lives at risk? What does “sustainability” mean in a globalized but of extreme disparity world? What’s the best approach when we have access to limited resources but boundless technological opportunities? How does traditional textile craftsmanship coexist with the most avant-garde materials? The course addresses these and many other contemporary questions by combining lectures and design workshops, to give participants the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the field of textile materials and to acquire design thinking methods and practices.



Giovanni Maria Conti Scientific Director
Martina Motta Didactic coordination



  • 3 weeks on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm (break from 1 pm to 2 pm).
    3 weeks from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm (break from 1 pm to 2 pm).

Training objectives

The aim of the course is to push designers with different and multi-disciplinary backgrounds to observe and move in the contemporary context of the textile sector with a new thinking approach supported by concrete tools and skills on materials, sustainable materials, integration of new technologies, recovery of craft techniques, definition of creative and productive processes.

Didactic Modules

Module 1: 48h “… and what if? ”

The questions of the contemporary. Debate and research on:

  • Project culture for textile design,
  • Sustainability,
  • New technologies,
  • Work ethics,
  • Craftsmanship,
  • Resource policy,
  • Materials and processes.

Exercises and challenges for opening each participant’s project horizons.

Module 2: Intensive workshops

WS 1 – 40h: What sustainability in the textile sector is
Sustainability is an approach to the contemporary textile project; this does not mean that it is linked only to the environmental vision but concerns the economy, respect for people’s work, sustainability in terms of production.
The workshop will aim to create strategies and design visions immediately applicable to a specific company brief.

WS 2 – 40 h: What is a fabric. Experimentation of craft processes for textile design
Fabric is part of the ancestral history of man: for over two thousand years it has been the product of the work of hands with irons or on looms and as a cultural artifact it has accompanied the evolution of populations and territories.
Through experimental laboratories, the workshop approaches the manual aspects of the textile product and the complexity of its construction, characteristics that still remain unchanged in their essence even where the most advanced technologies are involved.

WS 3 – 40 h: For whom and why we design. The creativity of the textile designer
Who is the textile designer? Designing a textile product does not just mean mastering the interweaving of rows and yarns. To navigate the infinite opportunities and possible directions of technological development, the designer must today question the present to direct progress towards a conscious and improving future. He must enter into a relationship with the players in the textile sector, understand the context – more or less structured and industrialized – in which he operates, know the existing dynamics and the prospects for technical and technological evolution.
Through the development of a personal project, the workshop will aim to orient the design and its results in the real context, exploring its limits and opportunities.

Title Released

At the end of the Higher Education Course will be issued an attendance certificate and Open Badge by

Employment Opportunities

The outgoing figure is that of a project professional who has acquired a multidisciplinary point of view and applies it to the creation of individual fashion products or product families; he is the one who does not look at sales data to design, but who explores new solutions starting from sensations, travels, from a wide and jagged visual culture having acquired the tools to coagulate everything into a real, salable product, relevant to the spirit of the time.



The course is aimed at young graduates and non-graduates in the various sectors of design or in other disciplines, who want to learn the methods of design thinking to deepen design in the textile and fashion fields.


The cost of participation in the course is 2. 000 euro + VAT.


Current edition


Giovanni Maria Conti Scientific Director
Martina Motta Didactic coordination