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Tradition and Evolution



F&DL’s long and deep experience in the history and culture of fashion isn’t just applied and taught through traditional and technological tools: our invaluable documentation, which contains design elements since 1850 to the latest decades of 1900, is used as a blueprint to build the students’ skills and know-how upon a solid framework of knowledge.

It’s upon these bases that we also build students’ ability to forecast and analyze fashion trends, thanks to the right balance of historical and modern data provided in all our courses. The experience of our teachers, all of which comes from long term expertise and is still actively involved in the fashion and design industry, is channeled through the classes and lab sessions allowing students to get the best from both the traditional aspects of fashion and design and their evolution in modern times.

F&DL’s courses combine both traditional/manual and technological skills thanks to the use of tools which are chosen from the professional environment or adapted from digital tools.


The environment reflects the typical teamwork found in the real professional workspace, while each student’s learning pace is perfectly balanced by the personal care of our teachers and assistants.

F&DL is a school/lab born from the ideas and needs of a group of designers of the “lebelleforme” style group, a style and design consulting studio particularly active in countries like Turkey, China, Brazil, Colombia, whose main goal has been, since the beginning, to bring training to firms in their field.

This is the main reason for choosing to differentiate the theory, whose classes are managed inside the headquarters’ classrooms, and the ‘labs’, that is the practical part of each subject, directly inside partners firms and studios. Our headquarters, with their classrooms, are in the heart of Florence, inside an historical prestigious building, Capponi Palace and Malvisi Palace, the design lab has its partnership with the University of Firenze, Industrial Design Dept, and with a prestigious international fashion firm in Florence, Polline srl. F&DL is thus able to offer a high quality learning process which integrates perfectly with the needs of any international fashion and design firm.