We interview Istituto Modartech, an Italian higher academic training centre in the Fashion and Communication fields, which includes a shoe pattern making course.


Istituto Modartech is a well recognized fashion school, offering its students a wide range of different courses and the instruments to work with their passion. As a matter of fact, 87% of its students get a job within 6 months after the end of the study course.

Technology plays an important role in their training offer: we are going to ask them some infos about their shoe pattern making course adopting CAD software use.

Modartech is located in Tuscany, same region in Italy where Fratelli Borgioli was born and still lives on. This is one more reason we are proud of to introduce you to this state-of-the-art entity.

Keep on reading and find out more about how future fashion professionals are trained.


Questions for Istituto Modartech

  1. Would you tell us a bit about your school? What’s its story?
  2. What are the main areas covered by your training offer?
  3. What do you want to pass on to your students?
  4. Is there any particular project you would like to talk about?
  5. Apart from studies, what is important to learn for future fashion professionals?
  6. How can you ensure that your training plan meets the needs of such a dynamic sector?
  7. Made in Italy: what makes Italian fashion special?
  8. Everyday you are in touch with young and very young people. Has their approach to fashion changed? If so, how?
  9. What prompted you to include the CAD shoe pattern making course in your training offer?
  10. Could you briefly explain to us what the modeling profession is?
  11. How are CAD technologies used in the design of a footwear model?
  12. What essential characteristics must a good model maker have?
  13. How can a good shoe model maker combine traditional techniques with new technologies?

#1. Would you tell us a bit about your school? What’s its story?

Istituto Modartech is a contemporary school that combines research and planning to Italian know-how. It is a center for advanced academic and professionalizing training authorized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research to the award of academic diplomas in the field of Advanced Artistic Training, Music and Choreography – AFAM, equal to a bachelor degree. The training offer also includes courses with recognised qualifications at European level (EQF standard), with a wide and structured educational offer.

A long experience in training and great attention to the know-how, accompanied by the the use of new technologyies. These are the ingredients that make Istituto Modartech an important reality in the fashion and communication sectors, through which 87% of its students is able to find a job within 6 months after the end of the study course.

Another interesting aspect is the fact that the fashion and communication departments outline an ever closer relationship between them, creating new scenarios and becoming increasingly interdependent realities.

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#2. What are the main areas covered by your training offer?

Our training offer is mainly characterized by high academic and professional courses. It covers artistic and technical areas as design, modelling, prototyping and supply chain, in order to train professionals that meet the various needs of the market.

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#3. What do you want to pass on to your students?

One of the main objectives is to enhance the passion and attitudes of our students and give them the tools to be highly competitive and attractive when looking for a job, so that they can evolve and never stop learning.

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#4. Is there any particular project you would like to talk about?

Our institute has a long story of activities, projects and initiatives that played an important role over the years and even today represent still a great value for the school. Recently, we won the Milano Moda Graduate contest, organized by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana during the Milan Fashion Week 2020.

This result highlighted our values, the link with the main district of Tuscany and craftsmanship.

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#5. Apart from studies, what is important to learn for future fashion professionals?

Beyond the theoretical aspects, among the essential ones we can surely find know-how, handmade, the concept of uniqueness and personalization, all together with technology. We count on the values of culture, experimentation and digital.

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#6. How can you ensure that your training plan meets the needs of such a dynamic sector?

We can do this thanks to the relationship the Institute has with the corporates world: a relationship of constant collaboration and continuous confrontation which aim is to to bring out more and more what are the necessary professional figures and skills in the production chain.

For those who work in the training field, this is a really important activity, especially trying to anticipate the needs of the industry, in order to make our students more and more competitive.

In the picture Alessandro Bertini, the current director of Istituto Modartech

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#7. Made in Italy: what makes Italian fashion special?

Culture, art, crftsmanship, specific skills given by the know-how, all aspects and value that represent Made in Italy greatness and that could surface further in this peculiar phase.

We are headed for an increasingly specialized market, that looks for personalization and uniqueness, in that sense Made in Italy could bring out more and more the approach to creativity typical of our territory.

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#8. Everyday you are in touch with young and very young people. Has their approach to fashion changed? If so, how?

One of the main changes was caused by fast fashion. It led to pay less attention to the product and its quality, which will go back to being a priority. It is necessary to recognize an identity and this can be accomplished by telling the story behind a product.

In this way only, we can create an industry culture where new digital technologies and socials can play an important role in the spread and knowledge of these stories, especially towards the new generations.

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#9. What prompted you to include the CAD shoe pattern making course in your training offer?

We have been working in the footwear field for about 20 years. Especially in the last decade we developed our training offer by adding to the technical specialization some activities linked to style, illustration and product.

The strong suits of this course are manuality, practice and technique that, together with technology, brought us to adopt the CAD systems, increasingly requested by the market.

Accessory is an item loved by young people too, it represents an important icon and it is actually a theme we are expanding even in our academic training path. In our opinion is logical to train students in the perspective of a collection comprehensive of clothing, footwear and accessories.

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#10.Could you briefly explain to us what the model maker profession is?

The model maker profession is mainly characterized by the capacity to translate the creative design idea into a final product. The model maker is an important and strongly demanded figure in the field, this professional combines shaping, material, structur and procedural skills with design and productive abilities.

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#11.How are CAD technologies used in the design of a footwear model?

CAD technologies are paired with the manual skills acquired during the training course. The model maker actually takes care both of the design and realization of the shoe model, with traditional techniques and modern technologies too.

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#12.What essential characteristics must a good model maker have?

Accuracy, passion, creativity, curiosity, training, without forgetting the interest for fashion. A good manual ability is the key element for a pattern maker. Ability that is built by developing models, assembly and implementation.

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#13. How can a good shoe pattern maker combine traditional techniques with new technologies?

Traditional techniques and new technologies can coexist without overlapping. Throughout training, these two concepts are addressed, integrated and valued: the one of the craft, the skills and the activity that can only be handmade, with that of the technology that facilitates and gives way to speed up a certain type of process related to design and prototyping.

The market and young people demand it: technology is indispensable today. Indeed, more and more people are talking about digital manufacturing.

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We want to thank Istitituto Modartech for the opportunity to understand how a good training can make the difference for future fashion professionals.

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