Milano Fashion Institute is the first interuniversity institute in Italy for the higher education in the fashion industry. Founded in 2007 by the three most important Milanese universities that already worked on the fashion industry: Bocconi University (ranked 6° Worldwide, Masters in Management, by Financial Times, 2018), Cattolica University (ranked among the first 100 Universities in the world, 2018) and Politecnico of Milan (ranked among the top 20 Universities in the world in all three areas: 17° in Engineering, 9° in Architecture and 5° in Design, by QS, 2019)

Its goal is the creation of a multi-disciplinary training center of excellence at an international level. These three universities have a primary role in the international university scene, drawing on consolidated experience in the research and training activities for businesses in the fashion sector in the fields of management, communication and design. The creation of the Milano Fashion Institute promotes professionals that are formed on the basis of the interdisciplinary skills in the Universities’ competences.

The training programme involves academics and researchers in Economics and Management disciplines from Bocconi University, in Social Sciences and Communication from the Cattolica University, and in Technology and Design from Politecnico of Milan.
Usually, programs in the fashion industry involve only one or two of these disciplines and therefore have difficulty introducing students to the huge range of issues raised by the entire design, production, creative, marketing and communication process of fashion and lifestyle products.

The didactic activity of Milano Fashion Institute, on the other hand, sets out to provide students with the specialist interdisciplinary skills they need to manage effectively the entire design, production and communication process of fashion products.

In 2012, the educational and didactic model of Milano Fashion Institute becomes a case study and is presented during the event "Designed Asia 2012", Hong Kong, a key international event for teachers, researchers, trend analysts and designers, organized by the Hong Kong Politecnico University School of Design.

Attending a master of MFI provides a unique cultural, personal and professional opportunity to spend a whole year in Milan, one of the major world fashion capitals.