History and method

The Burgo Method

Istituto di Moda Burgo, an international leader in training in the fashion sector, has developed a method aimed at optimizing and emphasizing the value and timing of learning, having as its main objective the inclusion of its students in the world of work . The educational material consists of books and patented instruments . Texts and instruments are provided to all students. The cost of the material is enclosed in the registration fee, which is paid only once.

There are two books, “Il Modellismo” and “Il Figurino”. They are born thanks to an experience accumulated over the years and after several editions. These manuals are considered milestones of education and are the flagship of the Institute. The study programs are modern, complete, exclusive and treat all the issues inherent to the sector: from fashion design to the practical realization of the dress. The texts are in fact constantly updated by industry experts and represent the best that can be found on the market.

Il Figurino di Moda

Thanks to the quality and simplicity of its illustrations, this book has become an essential tool for Fashion Designers from all over the world who can draw important information and suggestions for the creation of sketches and fashion collections. The manual consists of 400 pages, containing 210 drawings and 195 sketches and includes womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie, swimwear, but also shoes, jewelry and accessories.

Starting from the human figure model to the body moving, the book analyzes in detail all aspects of the face and body. In it are then outlined the main techniques of coloring and rendering. In one section there are the technical drawings, which are necessary to the realization of a fashion collection. The text concludes with a history of early and contemporary fashion, from ancient Egyptian civilization to the designers who have marked the twentieth century. A well-structured index allows the teacher to follow the program of study during the course.

Il Modellismo

One of the most important and famous books in the pattern making world, this volume is for over 20 years a point of reference in the sector at international level, and therefore translated into more than 10 languages. The work of teachers is supported by this book that thanks to a simple and clear vocabulary makes the learning of pattern making techniques easier. The book is used in both the tailoring and industrial system.

Its 464 pages illustrate a diverse multitude of patterns for women’s clothing, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie, swimwear, wedding dresses,  premaman. The first part is about the study of measurements and fit of the garments, followed by the construction of the bases and all dart in transfer options. The text concludes with a section dedicated to the pattern grading and industrial method, and with the main concepts of fibers, yarns, fabrics and materials.

Palermo Fashion Institute: Modellismo


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Exclusive method

Texts, instruments and Didactic Method from Istituto di Moda Burgo Milano.

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Individual lessons

Every student is followed individually, creating a customized learning program.

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Everyone can join our courses

Our courses are for everyone, inscriptions are always open and without admission tests.

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Professional diploma

Our Professional Diploma is released by the headquarter located in Milan.

The Institute was founded by the publisher Fernando Burgo in 1961. His long and thriving experience in the area of fashion has proven to be successfully. His commitment to share in his knowledge with each and every student interested in fashion is the result of 50 years of experience in the fashion industry. His direction enables the students to be in touch with the fashion world and all opportunities of training and work the fashion industry has to offer.

Lo Stilista Roberto Cavalli con il Direttore Fernando Burgo, che mostra il libro "Il Figurino di Moda" edito dal nostro Istituto.

Roberto Cavalli with the Director Fernando Burgo showing the book “Il Figurino di Moda” published by Istituto.

Vittorio Missoni and the director Fernando Burgo, in 2004 Istituto di Moda Burgo in cooperation with the Missoni fashion company.

The municipality of Milan has decided to hand over the Ambrogino d’Oro 2014 (Civic Merit) to the Director Fernando Burgo.

The municipality of Milan has decided to hand over the Ambrogino d’Oro 2014 (Civic Merit) to the Director Fernando Burgo, founder of the first Istituto di Moda Burgo in Milan in 1961. Fernando Burgo is also author of the first and most popular manuals of fashion design, pattern making and tailoring: Il Figurino di Moda and Il Modellismo Sartoriale. Its Fashion Institute, with offices throughout Italy and in many foreign countries, teaches the basics of fashion design and tailoring to thousands of students around the world, creating jobs and giving luster to a primacy of Milan.

Fashion Show

At the end of every school year Istituto di Moda Burgo organizes a fashion show for its students. This is a great event for the school staff and also for people who’s working in this field because they can discover new talented designers. Moreover the institute takes part to other events with the most important fashion organizations, institutional organs and fashion companies.