Italian language course + Tailoring and Fashion

Fashion course

The “Il Bagatto” fashion school Bologna teaches the different sides that build up a fashion operator. Its goal is to shape subjects adaptable to the various working areas involved. Are held at the atelier in Bologna and are characterized by both theoretical and practical (manufacturing) sessions.


  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 4 weeks

each additional week € 400

These prices are for the tailoring course. The price of the Italian lesson course has to be added.

Technical Design

Use is for understanding the project to be realized. It is not the fashion sketch, that is, the image intended to the public, but the pattern to be used by the designer in order to carry out his work; it will therefore be full of technical indications, included the one relevant to the material to be used in the manufacturing phase. Objectives: ability to outline the various articles of clothing, with clear indications about any detail and the relevant position in the fashion sketch. All that is necessary to execution must be listed. Testing and evaluation: on request, the drawing folders must be carried out.

Man-Woman Model

How to take measurements; the difference in measurements intended to tailoring/dressmaking and those included in the size tables to be used for mass production. Realization of bases for the various articles of clothing and subsequent immediate creation in cloth. Bases transformation in order to realize the various articles, creation in cloth of every work. How a model to be used for mass production can be prepared. Objectives: to be able to carry out the model of whatever article of clothing, giving all the details and accurate cutting indications. To be able to prepare a cartoon to be used by industry. Testing and evaluation: on request, models have to be executed.


How models as well as the various model’s parts are placed upon a tissue, also taking into account the various fabric kinds. How to execute the fitting of a model. Objectives: to learn how to place any model – and every single part of it – on the various fabric kinds, at the same time economizing on the fabric.

Tailoring & Dressmaking

The various tailoring and dressmaking techniques for an article of clothing and also how to put the finishing touches to it, are taught; the differences between the tayloring and the mass production work are evidenced. Objectives: to learn how to prepare an item of clothing made to measure and also how to apply the finishing touches to it. How to do the same for a mass production model. Testing and evaluation: students will be able to create a preparation album and will have to present items of clothing made by themselves.

Conception and Planning

The various methodologies of planning a model and a collection will be taught. Objectives: to learn how to plan a made to measure dress, taking into account the client’s needs; to learn how to plan a collection based on a determined in advance subject.

Knowledge of Commodities

History of textile fibres, either natural, synthetic or mixed; their origin from raw material to thread; their chemical composition; their characteristics. Frameworks for various fabric manufacturing. An outline on weaving. The various fabric kinds, their definition and use. An outline on fabric maintenance, on ironing and stains removing. Objectives: to learn how to recognize the various fabric kinds and to know their use in the clothing industry; to know the materials used for dress’ accessories. Testing and evaluation: practical fabric identification test; fabric recording album. Length: 6 months, 2 hours per week.

Hand Embroidery

This is a separate section during which the basic stitches and the various embroidery types are taught. This working area aims at:

a) keeping memory of antique working techniques through the restoration work on antique specimens

b) taking part in period dress realization

c) enabling to identify some interventions that could be performed on modern clothing and underwear.

Objectives: to learn the basic stitches of hand embroidery; to be able to recognize the various embroidery kinds.

Testing and evaluation: an album containing the execution of the various stitches will be produced.

Length: 8 months, 3 hours per week.

As a completion of the above formative process will also intervene:

a) a computer expert to analyze the application of such technology to specific sectors, relevant both to model designing and to the creative planning field;

b) a marketing and communication expert (formative seminars); industries could be available to send experts in various operative sectors to carry out specific seminars.

This course is structured based on the attending subjects’ cultural knowledge. Most students attending our school come from University or from Art school; to a lesser extent pupils without university education are present.

Training courses intended for: made to measure tailoring, costume designer, model designer, designer.

Taylor’s/Dressmaker’s Shop

Every article of clothing for man and woman is realized. In the atelier’s discrete atmosphere you will be able to choose your model among the proposed exclusive sketches, or to create the model you want by consulting fashion magazines and books. Based on the single requirements and after an interview with the client, drawings for specific models are also prepared.

Our expertise and professionalism will be employed to advise about what makes the most of one’s figure and personality. As regards fabrics, each client may provide fabrics bought by himself or may choose among those proposed in the atelier’s catalogue. Fabric’s good quality is guaranteed by our suppliers’ reliability: only high quality fabrics are used by us and we are extremely careful as to the lining’s and buttons’ , etc., quality. In order to ensure the correct result, at least two fitting sessions are planned before delivery. The article of clothing realized in our atelier for a single client is never repeated for other clients: each dress in fact is made to measure taking into account the single client’s personality, so it will be nothing than exclusive. Also made to measure shirts are carried out.

Evening Dresses, Wedding Dresses, Formal Dresses

Also in this field, great attention is placed as to the particular requirements for the single dress realization. We remind you that everything is made to measure and models are chosen and studied together with the client, taking into account his figure and his specific requirements. Wedding dresses are in this way realized, ranging from simple models to those highly elaborate and hand-embroidered. The bride’s underwear is also realized. Furthermore, particular supports for bouquets based on the dress’ style and on the flowers that will be used are produced; also, a study and subsequent realization of a headdress suitable for the chosen model can be supplied. By our trustworthy shoemaker also made to measure shoes can be produced. As regards fabrics, these are chosen taking into consideration the model and may be bought, with our help, from our suppliers.

Besides specifically studied dresses, for men also tuxedos, smoking or tight models can be realized.

Evening shirts and ties are produced too. Also for men’s evening dresses, a specific study taking into consideration the party or particular occasion for which the dress is needed, is performed.

A wide choice of drawings is supplied by atelier.

Leather and fur Working

We make leather clothes on measure, both for men and women. We work the best ram leather on the market. We make also repairs and reshaping of leather and ram leather clothes, but only after making an evaluation of the materials of which these clothes are made, to see if it’s worth working on them. We make new tailored fur coats, on unique designs. We also redesign old fur coats, and in this case we evaluate first if the material is worth re-shaping or not. If we find is possible, we study the new design, propose it to the customer and then start working on revitalisation, polishing and finishing of leather and fur, before proceeding with the new cut.

Clothes Restoration and Hand-Embroidery

We restore old laces, curtains and ancient dresses. We go back to using the old techniques and search for the materials that are more apt for this work, repairing the signs and damages time has made on them. In this cases, we first evaluate if the intervention is possible or if we can only proceed with a maintenance work. On the base of this evaluation we can proceed with estimating the costs of work.

We also make hand-made embroidery, both on fabric and on silk. We also make curtains and trousseaus, but in this cases, being very long and time-consuming works, we agree in advance with the customer on the timing of work, based on the kind of work to do. We also make hand-made monograms.

Scientific Research Centre

For any kind of reference and research on the subject, there are more than 260 books and articles available on:

– History of costume, clothing and fashion
– Essays on fashion
– Psychology of fashion
– History
– Art history
– Product analysis of fabrics and clothing
– Technical books

Cultural Salon

The atelier is open for young artists’ and craftmen’s exhibitions, for everyone who wants to present their works both independently and connected with the work the atelier is developing in the field of fashion. We believe that art and craft, as applied art, are two faces of the same cultural path that nowadays must get stronger and stronger. Opening the atelier to cultural happenings and make it a space that young people can use, especially those finding it hard to have spaces for exposing their work, is for us a need to confront all themes in process of development. Our space wants to open also to different cultures for a wider confrontation.

“Historical collection of clothes, laces and underwear for high fashion tailoring school, creative craftmanship, costumes, embroideries, laces and clothes restoration”

The collection is used as teaching material during the courses and the lessons with students of different fashion schools. It consists of women’s dresses, underwear, laces and accessories from the late 1700 (a silk laced dress cream coloured with floreal embriodery, with hat and “spencer” in green silk velvet, and shoes in silk laces) to 1940’s and 50’s, with also some examples of dresses from the 70’s. In the last decades of 1900 women’s dresses saw many innovations, together with the fenomenon of the arrangement of fashion in series, the birth of prèt a portèr, the end of high fashion as a research laboratory for exclusive shapes, and translating it in a kind of industrialization of luxury. Fashion changes with the birth of mass society. Nowadays, the news can be found in researches done more in fabric and textiles industries than in clothes’ shapes.

Accessories:1800’s and early 1900’s umbrellas, daytime and evening handbags. Kidskin gloves, filet etc.., ostrich boa, fans, etc..(about 30 pieces)

Laces: pillow laces, Aemilia Ars works, renaissance trines, bordures, engraved works, bed covers, table cloths, two pincushions in handworked hemp cloth, etc.. (about 250 pieces)

Trimmings: necks, jet trimmings from ‘800 to ’900, buckles, buttons from ’800 to 1960s, three reels of Silver thread, feathers (about 200 pieces)

Hats: from 1900 to 1950s (about 80 pieces)

Bijoux: necklaces and pins, brooches and various glass beads from ’800 to 1950s (about 100 pieces)

Fabrics: In the collection there are some examples of fabrics from 1940s and ’50s.

Newspapers and Magazines: there are also some fashion magazines from ’800 to 1970, a collection of embroidery magazines from the beginning of ’900 to the ’30s.

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