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Milan: Italy’s fashion and design capital

“Fashion is about dreaming & making other people dream.”

Donatella Versace

Italy is arguably one of the most popular tourist spots around the world. After all, it offers something to everyone; the food, the arts, the architecture, the landscapes. While cities like Rome, Florence, and Venice are well known, not many are aware of Milan which not only is a beautiful city, but it also has the honor to be Italy’s fashion capital.

Situated in the northern region of Lombardy, Milan started in the 1960’s and 80’s as a trendsetting city, and expanded its role as stylistic capital thanks to numerous rising designers contributing to its image as fashion hub.  Innovative, cosmopolitan and a centre for creative people from around the world, Milan is truly an eclectic and fascinating city.

Milan, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Among the beautiful churches, famous theaters like La Scala and the impressive Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II there is also a more subtle and yet glittery side to the city. In fact, there is a whole area that has became the mecca for fashionistas; the “fashion quadrilateral”. Compromising of four streets; Via Monte Napoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia, the area hosts the most luxurious firms. The best of Italian style is represented by brands like Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Valentino or Gucci just to name a few. Of course, visitors can also find international brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Kenzo. Walking around the quadrilateral is indeed a feast for the eyes!

Like many cities famous for their haute couture, Milan is not all about shopping. In fact, it is also a leading destination for those who want to study all about “made in Italy”. Students are able to meet some of Italy’s finest artisans while visiting emerging label boutiques and prominent ateliers. And what better way to learn more about fashion than to visit some of the production and fabrication facilities responsible for Italian craftsmanship?

Because of its thriving commercial design industry and stimulating artistic culture Milan is a city like no other!


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