at Accademia del Lusso Milan

The teachers at Accademia del Lusso Milan are all working professionals in the fashion and luxury industry, and they all share the same passion: conveying their experience, skills, and insider tips to students to create the next generation of fashion professionals. Here are some of their profiles:

Renata Pompas

  • Textile Design, Fiber Art and Colour specialist
  • Began her career as a Textile Designer in 1969 at International Fashion Textile Design Studios, and in 1975 co-founded StudioBlu5 which specialises in designing linen for the home
  • Creator of a unique method overcoming the problem of static pattern repetition because of technical/production restrictions and has created various chromatic solutions too. Her methods have been introduced in Italy and abroad through her lecturing at universities, conferences, and seminars worldwide
  • Her published works on textile design have been used to train designers since 1994
  • An expert journalist with hundreds of articles and press releases published
  • A historian of the Italian Fiber Art movement, with works published on this subject
  • Member of the European Textile Network


  • Textile Design. Ricerca-Elaborazione-Progetto (Hoepli) – [Textile Design. Research-Elaboration-Design]
  • FIBER ART ITALIANA un intreccio virtuoso (Aracne) – [ITALIAN FIBER ART a virtuous story]

Massimo Donizelli

  • Architect and Interior Designer
  • Expert in architectural design and project management for large public contracts, restoration, and the renovation and reconversion of existing property
  • Leading consultant for building and housing development sector
  • Interior Design and Project Manager for important private residences in Italy and abroad
  • Teacher of Interior Design and Retail Design at Accademia del Lusso Milan and Belgrade

Elisa Pedone

  • Architect
  • Has worked in association with Architect Francesco Florulli and co-founded the Florulli Pedone Architetti Studio
  • Now works independently dealing with public and private building work, museum and exhibition set-ups, and touristic accommodation facilities
  • Holds a vast cross-sector experience in design and the management of complex building sites
  • Experienced teacher including with the Architects Order of Milan
  • Teacher of Interior Design at Accademia del Lusso since 2013

Francesco Pastore

  • Editorial Graphic Designer
  • Brand Communication expert working for brands like Vespa, Converse, and JanSport at Gut Edizioni – Smemoranda
  • Selected by the Triennale di Milano for the Trattocontinuo – Estetiche Cannibali exhibition in 2000
  • Founded the graphics studio Yellow Lab Design with Stefano and Raffaele Pisacane
  • Won an FWA (Flash Award) for the website amazed.by in 2012
  • Was part of the birth of London cult brand Maria Francesca Pepe
  • Works with Superstudio Più and signs the design of some Swatch watches

Laura Zoboli

  • Lawyer in Intellectual Rights Protection and Anti-Trust
  • Teaches and Researches Intellectual Property Law, Competition Law, and EU Law at the Università Bocconi
  • Works at the ASK research centre, specialised in law-economics
  • Has worked in the business sector of the Court of Milan
  • Consultant during EXPO 2015 for the Fondazione Triulza and Fondazione Cariplo foundations as part of a group of Ph.D. research students
  • Teacher of Private Law at Accademia del Lusso since 2017

Noemi Bruni

  • Took the 3-year course in Fashion Management at Accademia del Lusso (thesis: development of a multidisciplinary concept store)
  • Continued her fashion studies in London
  • Active participant in national competitions as a designer
  • Gained experience working backstage at fashion shows
  • Specialised as a Coolhunter in 2011
  • Now works at Uragano Studio in Milan (creative direction), specialising in trend research and stylistic consultancy for fashion and design
  • Teacher of Trends & Coolhunting at Accademia del Lusso since 2017

Lia Luzzatto

  • Essayist, teacher, writer, specialised in chromatic communication applied to graphics, fashion, advertising and web design
  • Works in chromatic consulting and planning for indoor and outdoor settings
  • Teaches at a various private schools and academies in Milan and organises seminars in the colour and communication fields
  • Speaker at national and international conventions and conferences on the subjects of colour and communication
  • Has written numerous books on colour, with publishers Il Castello (Milan), Hoepli (Milan), and Bompiani (Milan), and has contributed to a large number of collective books
  • Partner at the Italian Centre for the Study of the History of Textiles and of the Association for Industrial Design (ADI) and a member of the Environmental Study Group ECD (Buenos Aires Argentina) and of Educational Study Group (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Founding partner of the Colour Group – Italian Colour Association, where she is on the scientific committee
  • Teacher of Colour at Accademia del Lusso since 2006

Davide Comelli

  • Editor and Film Director in Italy and abroad including many different genres such as adverts, video clips, documentaries, short films, and institutional videos
  • Directed the advert for the radio programme “lo Zoo di 105” [“The zoo on 105”] for Radio 105, on air on the Italian Mediaset TV channels
  • Works in fields such as advertising, fashion, television, cinema, and music
  • Collaborates with important brands and professionals such as Oscar winner Gabriele Salvatores, R.Tognazzi, R.Cavalli, Trussardi, Marcelo Burlon, and Armani
  • Teaches Fashion Video Making at Accademia del Lusso

Anna Corsaro

  • Fashion Designer specialised in babywear and childrenswear collections
  • Initially workd in Graphic Design and Womenswear and Menswear Design at the Studio Progres Design in Turin, and in Accessories Design at Seven Industries
  • Began to work in Childrenswear at the design office Telonius in Milan, working on collection planning for brands such as Chicco, Idexè, Montefiore and Miniconf
  • Winner of a MIFF Award in 2009 for Best Emerging Designer
  • Launched Bodibù, her own line of baby vests and accessories, in 2011
  • Started consultancy work in 2012 as a baby and childrenswear designer (including production and samples creation work) for brands such as Nounou, Mawi (part of the Bimbostore group), and Prènatal
  • Teacher of Childrenswear at Accademia del Lusso Milan since 2015

Sara Biondi

  • Event Manager, PR and Communications Consultant
  • Owner of News-Eventicomo Relazioni Pubbliche Consulting
  • Owner of I-CULT, a concept store for research and coolhunting in the fashion and food industries, a hub for contemporary lifestyle and creativity, as well as an events space
  • Editor and CEO of two web magazines: News-Eventicomo.it and Factorystylemag.it
  • She collaborates with Swiss online magazine Fashionchannel.ch where she writes the “Cucina e Dintorni” culinary and travel column
  • Food and Travel Hunter for international magazine LINEA INTIMA since spring 2017
  • Collaborates with CIAOCOMO Radio and news channel ComoNews24 as the Food and Travel Editor, writing about the Catering and Hotels sector through the column “TRAVELCHEF – Racconti di Cucina e Viaggi con Sara Biondi” (“Tales of Cookery and Travel with Sara Biondi”)
  • Teacher at Accademia del Lusso since 2015 of Press Office and PR for Fashion

Nicola Martini

  • Advertising and marketing, video and web design specialist
  • Art Director of the agency Sixeleven in Turin
  • Freelance creative professional for international agencies in Turin and Milan
  • Founding and active member of the union IKIGAI MEDIA, a group of professionals specialised in various branches of communication for clients such as the United Nations, Alpitour, Rolling Stone, and Grom
  • Teacher of Fashion Graphics at Accademia del Lusso

Chloe Payer

  • Experience working with multinational companies such as Metro and Nestlé
  • Directs own team in an international business headed by herself
  • Teacher of international marketing communication and business management applied to fashion and luxury (teaching in English, French and Italian)
  • Editor and Blogger for mylittlemilan.com and italie-france.com, promoting relations between Italy and France
  • Teacher of Fashion Marketing & International Markets at Accademia del Lusso since 2015

Stefano Sacchi

  • Expert in planning, production processes, marketing, merchandising, licensing, and co-branding
  • Former CEO of Giuliano Fujiwara, international brand and member of the Camera della Moda Italiana (National Chamber for Italian Fashion)
  • Current Sales and Marketing Consultant for brands in Italy and abroad
  • Passionate about art and design
  • Teacher at Accademia del Lusso of Visual Merchandising, Buying Techniques, Licensing and Luxury Marketing


  • Modaterapia (Co-authored with Andrea Balconi): (Salani, 2013) – [Fashion therapy]
  • Brand Jamming (Co-authored with Paolo Lucci): (FrancoAngeli, 2014)
  • Fashion Puzzle (FrancoAngeli, 2015)
  • Il fascino indiscreto della scarsità (FrancoAngeli 2016) – [The indiscreet charm of scarcity]
  • Improvvisamente…l’abito scorso (FrancoAngeli 2017) – [All of a sudden….the past dress]

Alberto Mantegna

  • Designer and Consultant in marketing and communication
  • Degree in Marketing Management (E.S.C.P. – Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris) and Bachelor of Science in Product Design (Art Center College of Design of Pasadena, California)
  • Worked with industrial and interior design studios in Boston, Milan and Forli (1997-2001)
  • Founded Elastic Design Studio in 2001, providing strategic and creative consultancies for private and professional clients in Product, Branding and Packaging Design (designing lamps, industrial machinery, bespoke furniture, logos and packaging)
  • Brand Consultant for international branding and packaging design agencies for the Italian market: Nestlé, Nestlé Waters, Unilever, Henkel, Colgate Palmolive, Playtex, Giovanni Rana, Collistar, L’Oreal
  • Teacher of Branding and Communication at Accademia del Lusso since 2014

Barbara Borra

  • Fashion Designer
  • Long-term collaborations with important Italian luxury fashion brands such as Krizia and Mila Schön (since 1985), designing easy-to-wear womenswear and menswear lines, as well as leatherwear and footwear
  • Owner of a Design Consultancy Studio in Milan for prêt-à-porter womenswear/menswear collections, beachwear, footwear, leatherwear, and fashion trends
  • Produces her own line of lingerie/beachwear (since 2009)
  • Teaching experience since 2008 at important Italian and international fashion academies
  • Teacher at Accademia del Lusso since 2010 of Fashion Design, Accessories, Beachwear, Material Technology and Fashion Products

Barbara LG Sordi

  • Designer of p-à-p womenswear collections (Enrica Massei, Tamigi, RoyRogers, Maurizio Baldassari, Elena Mirò, Spadafora, Mulberry, Eric Way)
  • Illustrator (TextileView, Trends, Focus) in Italy and the UK
  • Freelance journalist, publishing print and online articles on subjects related to the history of costume and fashion (Focus, Vogue Encyclo)
  • Teacher of Fashion Design, History of Costume and Fashion, Fashion Product, Fashion Drawing, and Collection Planning at Accademia del Lusso since 2008
  • Became Head of Teaching at Accademia del Lusso in 2015

Elena Diroma

  • Patternmaker and Design Office Assistant for businesses within the clothing industry
  • Took part in creating bag and accessory collections for the SHIZUE’ line: samples from S/S 98 to A/W 2000/2001
  • Consultant for collection planning
  • Follows the creation of her own collection of couture bags
  • Teacher since 2009 at Accademia del Lusso of Patternmaking, both for clothing and accessories

Carmen Rimoldi

  • Started career as a freelance professional immediately upon graduating in 1995 from Istituto NABA in Milan, leading her to cover high-profile roles across different sectors
  • Worked in design offices, in the management and graphic design of accessories and clothing, as well as with fashion magazines
  • Became a Buyer in 2013 for shoes, leatherwear and accessories for various stores, coordinating products with fashion trends
  • Manages samples for the footwear, clothing and leatherwear sectors at Studio Bianco&white, where she also manages graphic design, the fitting of samples and prototypes, and the choice and matching of materials and colours
  • Expert in fashion trends
  • Conducts graphics and research work for important Trend Books such as Trends Books MPA, TrendsBooks TFL, Trends Books STAHL, Trends Books REPICO, Trends Books Cognis, and Trends Book Books Alpa
  • Teaches Trends & Coolhunting, Accessories, Sportswear, and the Identity and Portfolio Workshop at Accademia del Lusso