Istanbul Moda Academy (İMA) is one of the world-wide acclaimed, most proficient fashion schools in Turkey, offering an innovative and modern education in the field of fashion and all relevant branches.
Founded in 2007 with the cooperation of the European Union, the Ministry of Economy and Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters’ Associations (İTKİB) General Secretariat, İMA pursues the goal of training fashion professionals of the future, possessing an in-depth insight in fashion, design and arts as well as an awareness of the global markets. The Academy thus aims to introduce a creative, innovative and future-steering workforce in the fields of textiles and apparel, two pivotal industries in Turkey.
İMA adopting the systems and structures of internationally proven success is a member of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI). Besides the University of Arts London/ London College of Fashion, its strategic partner in academics, İMA collaborates with the world-famous fashion schools such as Polimoda, Institut Français de la Mod and Nottingham Trent University. İMA follows a simultaneous training program with these fashion schools and provides students with access to international fashion institutes, brands and designers.
Combining its academic content with the real life, İMA is an exclusive fashion training institution and maintains the theoretical infrastructure of the training programs and applied industry projects with the support it receives from the sector. İMA has become one of the most premium fashion schools of the world thanks to its competent academic staff, which is comprised of local and international experts with professional experience in the fashion industry; its up-to-date curriculum drafted in line with industrial needs; and its facility equipped with state-of-the-art technology; as well as the most comprehensive fashion library in Turkey.
ISTANBUL APPAREL EXPORTERS’ ASSOCIATION (İHKİB)
Founded in 1986 in order to improve the capacity of Turkish garment and apparel sector and to introduce the sector into the international arena, Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association is one of the four exporters’ associations under the umbrella of Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters’ Associations (İTKİB) General Secretariat.
Considering that apparel is one of the biggest manufacturing sectors in Turkey, İHKİB is defined as one of the most important institutions of the sector country-wide.
Representing the local garment and apparel sector on a big scale, İHKİB has more than 9000 member companies operating in and around Istanbul. Currently 72% of total apparel export of 16.2 billion dollars is executed by the member companies of İHKİB.
Organizing national participation in the international fairs such as “Who’s Next”, “Prêt à Porter Paris”, “CPM Moscow” during the year, İHKİB conducts various projects in order to enhance the design ability of the sector. İHKİB has founded İMA with the aim of carrying out activities for enhancing design capacity as well as supporting designers and talented youth in the field. Besides the annual design contest to support the young talents, İHKİB also organizes trend seminars and represents Turkey on the international platform as member of the European Textile and Apparel Confederation (Euratex). Istanbul Fashion Week is another important advertising activity organized by İHKİB.