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Success F a shi o n MILAN IN MIAMI Istituto Marangoni, one of the world’s leading fashion, art & design schools, recently expanded into The Americas with the opening of their first U.S. outpost in the heart of Miami’s Design District. TEX T BY ANJA MALTAV PHOTOS COURTESY OF ISTITUTO MAR ANGONI Priding itself on educating 4 generations of fashion, art & design students from around the world, Istituto Marangoni is, well, an institution. Founded in 1935, the school has established a presence in Milan, Firenze, Paris, London, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Mumbai and most recently Miami. With a hi-tech, innovative approach, the school consistently plays a key role in shaping global fashion trends and holds the merit of creating some of the biggest names in the industry. Hakan Baykam, President of the new school, has identified the unique opportunity in Miami to pioneer a new fashion hub. As the visionary behind the expansion, he’s curating a high-profile team of leaders for the new campus, which includes Massimo Casagrande (an Istituto Marangoni alumnus, founder of his own menswear label and former Versace designer) as Director of Education and Pablo Arbelaez as School Director. “When we were looking to create a new global fashion destination, we selected Miami for its existing international allure and for its need for a firmly established fashion school,” says Baykam. “The city’s rapid growth in the design and art categories coupled with its accessibility to Latin America made it the perfect choice for us. The new campus is just the first step toward further developing Miami as a fashion hub respected around the world.”; 28