Leather Art – Shoe Making & Shoe Design
Italy is the core of leather art in the world, hosting numerous prestigious brands recognized globally. The reason why Italian shoes enchant so many people all over the world is their highly sophisticated designs realized by the endless pursuit for quality of Italian artisans who put value on creating beautiful, comfortable with featherly touch, and inspiring shoes.
Florence above all cities of Italy has been the center of Italian leather industry, nurturing generations of highly skilled artisans and craftsmen, with uncompromising insistence on quality and top-level techniques. Such Shoe making industry now seeks also to incorporate traditional techniques to up-to-date d, moving forward together with new market tendencies. In such fast-moving and globalizing environment, cultivating a new generation of shoe making artisans who preserves the precious tradition of shoe industry is utmost theme in Italy.
In Shoe Making major, Accademia Riaci offers students a rare chance to learn the authentic, top-level shoe making techniques, directory from Italian leather artisans with highest skills and rich experience.
In our course, students can learn all the steps of shoe making process (making the last, cutting pattern, choosing materials, sewing, etc.) which can be worn for a long time. You can learn all the types of shoes, including ladies shoes, men’s shoes, shoe for children, babies, boots, sportive shoes, party shoes, casual shoes, etc.
And in Shoe Design major, students will learn design techniques of various shoes for different scenes and are unique, which is characteristics of Italian shoes. For example, precious shoes like jewelry, shoes that fit one’s feet as if it’s part of the body with airly touch like feather.
Students will research and analyze colors, patterns, shapes, and design and learn shoes design diversity, changes, and advanced application, and complete their own design. The main focus of the course is to encourage each student’s uniqueness and to convey it into design through original, free and rich expression.
- Master Course
- One-Year / Semester Course
- Art Short Course
- Summer Intensive Course
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Prof. IMPERATRICE (Shoe Making)
Prof. PAPUCCI (Shoe Design)
Prof. BICCI (Shoe Design)
Studio instructors are from a line of family, who has been making leather goods in generations. The studio is located in the area where aristocratic buildings are lined up. The instructor will show students every step of leather crafts in easy comprehensive manner.
Design instructors will take you out to out-of-school lessons at Ferragamo Shoes Museum if you prefer. He will help you to draw your best sensibility and design expressions for the latest design work of the world.
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