Istituto Marangoni



The Istituto Marangoni is a private Italian school of fashion and design. It is based in Milan, in Lombardy in northern Italy, and has branches in Florence, London and Paris, Shanghai and Shenzhen in China, Mumbai in India, and Miami in the United States.


The school was founded in Milan in 1935 by the tailor Giulio Marangoni, and became a Scuola Professionale Artistica or “professional art school” in 1942. At first the school trained mainly pattern makers and seamstresses; in the 1970s and 1980s it turned towards fashion design, product development and marketing.

A London branch was opened in a former textile factory at 30 Fashion Street, Spitalfields, in 2003, and a Paris branch opened in 2006. A branch in Via de’ Tornabuoni in central Florence opened in 2016. In China, branches were opened in Shanghai in 2013, and in Shenzhen in 2016. The Group opened its first school in India, in Mumbai, in July 2017.

In 2010 there were about 2200 students of 70 nationalities in three campuses.

In 2011 Career Education Corporation sold the Istituto Marangoni to Providence Equity Partners for a price estimated between 17 and 20 million dollars.


To excel as a centre of professional and creative learning in the Fashion, Art and Design fields; to nourish international industries, providing talented Istituto Marangoni graduates from all over the world.

They strive to achieve this mission by:

  • offering an extensive and detailed educational portfolio that is constantly updated to match industry demands and evolution;
  • achieving the highest academic standards with modern and dynamic curricula focused on results;
  • integrating the spirit of ‘Italianess’ into the experience of students on a daily basis through both curricula and the School experience;
  • celebrating the global and multicultural reach of Italian culture through Fashion, Art and Design;
  • supporting and developing the potential of our teaching and administrative staff, by means of constant and punctual training;
  • placing Istituto Marangoni at the centre of the Fashion, Art and Design cultures, thanks to our excellent selection of locations in leading world cultural capitals;
  • further strengthening historical and recent connections with the most important companies and personalities in the luxury Fashion, Art and Design market.


Operating in 5 continents Insituto Maragoni is known for having launched over 45,000 professionals in fashion and luxury fields, such as Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino, Alessandro Sartori, Maurizio Pecoraro, Paula Cademartori, Andrea Pompilio and Lucio Vanotti.