Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Editorial Masterclass February 2023


By application only. 


Maximum 4 photography students TOTAL

Maximum 4 styling students TOTAL

Students have the option of registering either as a photography or styling student. 


From February 18-26, 2023 in Milan, Italy, Mark de Paola presents an intensive masterclass on 1960s fashion photography and Milan fashion week.


February 18-20 - 1960s Fashion Editorial Program

February 21-26 - Milan Fashion Week Assignments


In partnership with the upcoming Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell exhibition presented at the Carla Sozzani Gallery at 10 Corso Como, students will have the unique opportunity to attend an intensive 3-day masterclass immersed in 1960s fashion photography through lectures, real-life editorial assisting for L'Officiel Italia, followed by shooting and styling their own 1960s inspired editorial shoot in the streets of Milan.


Immediately after, each student will have the unique opportunity to be assigned their own fashion show to attend backstage with Mark de Paola and Alessia Caliendo during Milan Fashion Week between February 21 and 26. 



- The influence of 1960s fashion to the world.

- Work in high fashion editorial as a photographer or as a stylist

- Fashion portfolio image curation and editing

- Fashion as art.

- The purpose of fashion week

- Backstage etiquette, and attend backstage

- Photographing editorial versus backstage documentary stories for publication



Assist Mark de Paola (photography) or Alessia Caliendo (styling) on a real L'Officiel Italia editorial styled with delicate and unique archive pieces by Ossie Clark from the precious exhibit and archive around the iconic 10 Corso Como facades.
Attend lectures on the pivotal 1960s era in high fashion design and photography.
Shoot a 1960s inspired editorial directed by Mark de Paola and style coordinated by Alessia Caliendo and one show backstage at Milan Fashion Week alongside both instructors. 
Receive one on one portfolio feedback.



Email the following application materials to and to apply for 1960s Fashion + Milan Fashion Week 2023 Masterclass
- Biography
- Work portfolio (20-25 pieces/images)
- Written essay: Why are you taking this course? (max 500 words)




Mark de Paola is a New York City-based fine art and fashion photographer with over 30 years of experience shooting campaign and fine art commissions for the likes of Vogue Spain, Vogue Mexico, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, David Koma, Roksanda, and Saint Laurent. 

De Paola has directed several hundred television spots in the fashion/beauty sector including those for Giorgio RED Perfume (Bergdorf Goodman windows and MoMA NY), Ducati, Leica Camera, Sony, Neutrogena, and Ford Motorsports. 


De Paola's fine art work is included in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Getty in Los Angeles, the San Diego Center of Photographic Arts, and the TOP Museum in Tokyo. His photography monographs Recent Work I (2018), Recent Work II (2019), and Five Years and Sixty Seconds (2020) can be found with Leica Camera retailers in major cities worldwide. De Paola's solo exhibitions have traveled around the world including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dali (China), Tokyo, Milan (Triennale Museum), and at home in New York City. 


De Paola's pictorialist work as a still and motion artist has been driven by his studies of the neurobiology and cognitive psychology of human vision.



Alessia Caliendo is a Journalist, Producer, Style and Visual content curator.

She was trained at IED Rome, then she moved to London to specialize in Fashion Styling, Art Direction, and Fashion Journalism at Central Saint Martins. She has several international publications, advertising campaigns, music videos, and celebrity works to her credit.

She is a lecturer at Polimoda and IED – European Institute of Design, where she teaches visual content curation, fashion production and fashion styling.
She regularly delivers workshops and lectures for renowned photography institutes.

In 2018 she joined Condé Nast to produce contents for Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, Glamour and GQ and lectured at Condé Nast Academy.

Since 2020 she professionally trained as photo editor to complete and cover all the fields related to visual production and content curation.

Her research spans across different fields of the visual art and fashion, from photography to contemporary aesthetics. Images and writing are a fundamental part of her practice to collect and imprint collective memories.