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Milan: Of Fashion and Design

Fashion and design: these are just a couple of the artistic forms that have made Italy famous, and for which the City of Milan plays a fundamental role. Important fairs, exhibits and trade shows show off the latest in these sectors that are also vitally-important to the country’s economy. 

The calendar of events begins with MACEF (January 24-27), the International Home Show that takes place every six months. Highly appreciated by both critics and the public, MACEF puts Italian excellence, creativity and innovation in home design on display.Salone Internazionale del Mobile - Photo by Luciano PascaliAs in the years before, this edition includes those brands that have made history in the home design sector (from international names to the prestigious companies working in small series productions).

The event involves a rich, diversified exhibit offering that is grouped into six sectors: Tableware and Kitchenware; Home Decor; Silver, Bijoux, Gold; Fashion & Accessories; Gifts; and Trade & Big Volume. Naturally, the most important is the Tableware and Kitchenware sector, in which ideas, shapes and colors take over the exhibition area. As always, the event includes an eventat Milan's Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica (Museum of Science and Technique) dedicated to the separate collection of different kinds of household waste, as well as sampling opportunities at select restaurants and showroom presentations.Fashion succedes home design at MILANO UNICA (February 6-8), the bi-annual textiles and accessories trade fair for the best in Italian and European production. The event is also associated with the spectacular representation of Excelsior at La Scala Theatre. This choreographic, historic, fantastic and allegorical performance in two parts (originally presented in this very place in 1881) celebrates the triumph of the Enlightenment and civilization's advancement over Obscurantism. 
MILANO UNICA tends to open the season of fashion events that take place in town February through March. The first is the 6th edition of MI, Milano Prêt-à-Porter, which will take place at FieraMIlanoCity February 23-25.  

It is a unique opportunity for the most representative Made in Italy brands and emerging designers. 
This event, created in the name of quality, research and tradition, has always been a reference point for industry exhibitors, buyers and the press from all around the world. Unquestionable protagonists of the event are the autumn/winter 2013-2014 women’s clothing and accessories collections. 
The fair is divided into three exhibition areas, each of which symbolizes a lifestyle and precise code of appearance. Iconic is an area dedicated to dressing up and includes historic brands. Stream is the space showing functional, sporty daily elegance, while Hothouse is the area reserved for young, contemporary style. 

Then, three events take place in March, all associated with the international world of fashion. The first is MIPEL, the international leather goods fair (handbags, luggage, bags, wallets and all the requisite leather accessories), and an international leader in the industry. This event (which began in 1962) takes place every year in March and September (from March 3-6, 2013 and September 15-18, 2013). It is organized in the futuristic Fiera Milano district and respectively presents the autumn/winter and next spring/summer collections. For those wanting to discover the trends in leather bags and accessories and admire the creativity of craftsmen and industrialists from all over Italy and from abroad, this is the event to attend. 

The MICAM SHOEVENT also takes place during the same dates in the Rho fair district. Like its contemporary events, this leading international show is a preview of shoe collections for the subsequent year. During the fair, MICAM organizes a series of very interesting events both in the fair district and in prestigious locations throughout Milan. 

Finally, FieraMilano also hosts another important event associated with fashion (from March 3-6): MIFUR, the international fur and leather exhibition (only open to trade operators).
April is the month of the well-known Salone Internazionale del Mobile home furniture show. Together with the associated events (including the cultural-artistic event Fuorisalone), it has become a primary player in the world of furnishings. This show (which also takes place in Rho) presents the most important and innovative proposals, ideas and concepts for furniture, home decor and objets d'art.The most prestigious interior and exterior home furniture manufacturers participate, as do the manufacturers of household appliances and materials (both decorative and structural).

Finally, there is a separate area for one of Milan's most well-known events: Milan Fashion Week, whose two annual editions (September-October and February-March) are the most important meeting point between prêt-à-porter and trade operators. The runway shows provide the city with a sophisticated example of the perfect combination between creativity and organization. Organized by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (National Chamber for Italian Fashion) against the charming background of the new Fashion Hub in Piazza Mercanti, it includes some 170 fashion shows and presentations that not only promote the fashion brands that have made Made in Italy famous worldwide, but also presents new talents in the world of fashion

Milan is the nerve center for the Italian economy, where winning ideas are combined with trendy products and the mastery of ancient trades. The combination of exhibitions - accompanied by the opportunity to tour places of culture and shopping, in addition to enjoying aperitivo (happy hour) or the restaurants for which Milan is famous - makes a stop in the Lombard Capital a must.

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Monuments and Museums

Milan Cathedral   
Museo Cenacolo Cinciano  
Palazzo Reale in Milan  
Brera Painting Gallery  
Fondazione la Triennale di Milano 

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Stazione Centrale, Milan