Open an atelier. Second part.

July 7, 2010 | Doing business

We continue to talk about the world of fashion and tailoring, to complete our report devoted to the creation of an atelier. After taking a look at the market and competition, in this second episode we will talk of training required to work in the field.


Before the training, fundamental, are the talent and passion. Given that these requirements are clearly present in those who want to start an atelier, you decide which and how many courses to attend. Who does not aspire to become a stylist, but simply a good tailor, can follow specific training programs that teach all the secrets and tricks of couture.

Very often, many courses in fashion, are combined with those of tailoring, so we say that in practice the two terms are equivalent. These educational experiences, are offered by vocational training centers belonging and public bodies (provinces, regions) or by private institutions. Obtaining a certificate of public nature is very important to start a craft such as sewing. Those issued by the regions, such as a beautician and hairdresser, for example, have authorized values, that allow you to immediately start the work. Regional Courses Hairdressing and beauty are more widespread than cutting and sewing, this is because training in fashion and can be taken right from the schools. The school exceeds specific address to become tailors and designers is the professional or technically IPSIA, namely the State Institute for Professional Crafts Industry. This type of school is now in every region.

The address Fashion, can deliver you, in three years, the status of a tailor or operator name. After two years of further specialization, one obtains the diploma of Technical Clothing and Fashion. These securities, without the need for regional courses, would drive their own in a craft workshop. Universities also offer a comprehensive package of training opportunities. Is highly professional degree course in Fashion Design and Humanities. Through educational workshops, including the academic, students will learn all the techniques in the field of tailoring. After the stage of the diploma or degree, subsequent courses can be used as an upgrade. For every good entrepreneur worthy of respect, updating is a must, to maintain familiarity with the work, to keep informed about new industry trends.


Private courses in fashion and tailoring, are offered by prestigious institutions, established in major Italian cities. You can attend courses in tailoring or fashion designers or pattern makers or fashion designers, lasting one or two years, or immersion routes, scheduled for special courses, such as design wedding dresses, theatrical costumes, swimsuits. These are lessons, generally with last between 36 to 480 hours. A tailor, and consequently his studio, as mentioned in the last episode, may point to different areas, costumes, vestments or wedding, and for each chosen field can learn the right way of working, just with these Special training courses where you’re talking about. The cost of private lessons from a minimum of 900 to a maximum of 2500 euros.

The course with fee of “sewing”, explaining the basics of these techniques, but also features more advanced of the work, such as the use of electronic sewing machines, the art of transforming an existing garment , the tricks to stretch at best. A pair of private courses, you will find them by clicking this link: An excellent training to specialize in tailoring profession or operator of fashion is the stage. You log on to the stage or proposing your free collaboration to the textile and clothing companies or attending courses that provide, during, or after the training, an internship. The vocational training center in Milan province, for example, offers courses of three-year or four-operator clothing, that you can match advanced courses of specialization and updating.

The center is called AFOL offering free courses, funded by the Province, even for those who have only the licensed media and have over 18 years of age. The learning experiences include workshops and courses and it seems that many students, after practice in the company, they are recruited. Milan is the heart of Italian and international fashion and, therefore, also a city that reserve the best professional opportunities to those who are trained and prepared. See page of these videos for yourself: Continue.

Rosalba Mancuso

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