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Studying fashion in Rome means experiencing a city that is “open” to Italian fashion and its development, from haute couture to the artisan values of Made in Italy which are famous all around the world.

It means having the opportunity to integrate knowledge of fashion production with the world of entertainment, film and theater, in an unique artistic and cultural context.

Therefore, it involves getting in touch with neocouture and the new languages that blend art, fashion and culture with traditions and innovation.

Sapienza University has  offered academic fashion programmes for many years.  The first course was taught in 2001, and now Sapienza has further enriched its academic fashion programmes by including a Master taught in English for international students.

This  is the result of an ongoing dialogue with members of the fashion industry, main associations and institutions that are active locally (FISMO-CONFESERCENTI; Camera di Commercio - Roma; UNINDUSTRIA; FEDERMODA) and many entrepreneurs and fashion professionals.

Fashion and Costume Science will allow students to have first hand experience the fashion industry through seminars, events, workshops, projects.

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The Master programme uses interdisciplinary teachings and the role of scholars from several disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, economics, marketing, and technical and management disciplines. Strong connections professionals in the field of fashion provide a students with insight into today’s world of fashion.

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Teaching staff

Romana Andò is Assistant Professor of ‘Sociology of Communication and Fashion’ and ‘Audience Theory and Analysis’ at Sapienza University of Rome. Her research interests concern audience studies: media consumption practices, online fandom practices, TV engagement and social television, visual social media and fashion consumption. She is the coordinator (with Alberto Marinelli) of ‘Social TV Observatory’ at Digilab Sapienza, a research project on social and connected TV, financed by the most relevant Italian TV broadcasters (Rai, Sky, Mediaset, Viacom,Fox Channels, Discovery Channels, Laeffe, AXN). 

Romano Benini is Advisor of the national Presidency of CNA ( italian confederation of small and medium enterprises) and expert about  promotion of skills for the made in Italy;Consultant for the local development, territorial marketing and labor policies for the italian regions of Umbria, Sardinia and Molise; Author and television writer of the broadcasts of Italian RAI public television about skills, opportunities, handicraft, high education and made in Italy and fashion industries; Consultant about promotions of skills for made in Italy industries for Monster company; Consultant about promotion of skills and labor market strategies for Deloitte company;Author of numerous economic and historical essays; Director of the master course in “ management for labor policies” of Link Campus University in Rome.

Andrea Carteny, PhD in History of Europe, is enabled associate professor of International Relations' History and of Modern History. His courses are focused on identities and cultural factors in Western and Eastern European nations.

Emanuela Chiavoni, Architect, is Associate Professor of Drawing at the Faculty of Architecture of the Sapienza University of Rome. She leads research in the field of Drawing and Survey for understanding the architectural and archaeological Heritage. She studies the representation of colour and the analysis of documentation of tangible and intangible cultural Heritage. She is responsible for International Agreements of collaboration with Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires. She is member of the Editorial Staff of the magazine “Disegnare, Ideas, Images”, Gangemi Editor in Rome of Department of History, Drawing and Restauration of Architecture. She is responsible of the Historical Archives of the former Radaar Department at the University Sapienza School of Architecture in Rome. She is committed to continuity in the preparation, management and evaluation of numerous proposals of national and international research.

Fabio Corsini, Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Research, teaches Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Branding at the University of Rome, Sapienza. He is adjunct professor of media studies at Kent State University Florence where he teaches Intercultural Communication and Fashion in the Media. Currently is also research fellow at the University of Urbino where he investigates the topic of ‘made in italy’ from a brand communication perspective through quantitative and qualitative research. He is interested in Media, Fashion and Communication.

Fabiana Giacomotti, journalist, writer, tv author, curator, graduated in French Literature. She worked for many important newspapers and magazines (notably "Il Giornale", "Il Mondo", "Io Donna"). She served as editor in chief of fashion and luxury publications such as "Amica", "MfFashion-Milano Finanza", "Fashion Illustrated".  She is actually columnist either for the cultural pages of the daily "Il Foglio", and "Sette-Corriere della Sera", "Pagina99", "", "Arbiter", working also as author of tv programs. She was curator of major exhibition in Venice, Rome, Milan, Turin for Muve (Musei Civici Veneziani), Rai-Radiotelevisione Italiana and the City of Milan. She has written many books and essays, some of whom published in foreign countries. She's often invited as guest in tv and programs on fashion and costume topics. (

Roberta Iannone (PhD) is Associate Professor of General Sociology at the Department of Political Sciences of Sapienza, University of Rome where she is also "Delegate of the Rector for the merchandising". She is Director of the Quarterly Journal of Science of Administration, founded in 1953. Since 2008, she has been teaching General Sociology, Sociology of Classical thought, Sociology of tourism and Sociology of economic and labour processes in several Italian Universities. At Sapienza University of Rome, she actually teaches General Sociology and Advanced Course of Sociology. Her research activities mainly focus on the analysis of social and cultural change, particularly referred to relationships and their role in the construction of modern society. Particular attention is reserved to the classical sociological thought.

Alessandro Saggioro is Associate Professor of History of Religions; in 1999 he received the PhD in Religious history at the University of Rome La Sapienza and in 2007 his post doctorate at the Italian Institute of Human Sciences. Director of Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni; member of the Scientific Committee of ° Ilu, Revista de Ciencias de las religiones and of Historia Religionum, coordinator of the PhD in History of Europe. Among the main interests: the study and application of the historico-religious method to mythology and functions of the sacred story, religious history and religious symbology.

Silvia Vacirca holds degrees from the University of Bologna. She has taught ‘Fashion and Media’ at Richmond University and ‘Linguaggi del Cinema e dell’Audiovisivo” at Sapienza University in Rome. Currently writes for L’Officiel Italia, Flair and Rivista Studio. Her research interests lie in the fields of film, fashion and cultural and political history with a special emphasis on Italian and American fashion and film industries. She has written about the Italian star system with a focus on the relations between film, fashion and consumption. and she is currently working on Italian film fashion during the Second World War and issues of feminine beauty, design practices and national identity.

Claudio Zambianchi (born in Rome, 1958) graduated in Humanities (with a major in art history) in 1984 to in Lettere (storia dell’arte) at the “Sapienza” University of Rome. He took his Master’s of Arts at the Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas (1989), and his doctorate in art history at the “Sapienza” University in 1992. His areas of interest are art and art criticism in Britain (late XIX and early XX century); American art of XIX and XX century; Italian art and art criticism after the Secon World War; French art of the second half of the XIX century. He has written for exhibition catalogues, art history periodicals, newpaper and magazines.  He taught at the Academies of Fine Art in Turin and Milan. Since 1998 he’s associate professor of XIX and XX century art at the “Sapienza” University of Rome. He’s currently Erasmus coordinator for the Department of Art History and Performing Arts. He sits in the Committee of the Doctorate in Art History at the Sapienza University. He's Director of the Museo Laboratori d'Arte Contemporanea at Sapienza.


Where we are located (finding accommodation near Sapienza)

Sapienza University is near Termini Station in an area of Rome called San Lorenzo,, that has a reputation for being student haven.. San Lorenzo is where most students of the Sapienza University find accommodations. It is well known for its low prices and lively atmosphere.

Once a downtrodden worker’s area, the location next to Sapienza University has developed an underground youth culture over the years, while recently attracting many artists as well. The result is a dynamic neighbourhood with lots of low priced fun and artsy restaurants, pubs, and lounge bars.

Here students can find conveniently located flats or rooms for their  stay in Rome while studying Sapienza University.