Paris was, is and always will be the European fashion center. The city has a high living costs who are balanced out by the French public university systems’ low tuition fees. That’s why Paris is the top spot in the QS Best Student Cities ranking.
Even though New York, London and Milan have already established themselves with a strong point of view in the business of fashion, Paris has some a unique characer when it comes to journalism and identity. Here, the culture and economy have fashion at their core.
Did you know that the fashion industry contributes 35% of the country’s national GDP?!
#1. Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne
Founded in 1927 by the Chambre Syndicale of Haute Couture, the school prepares the graduates of tomorrow’s leading fashion designers. With just a few hundred students enrolled, the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne offers courses on fashion design and technique, world-renowned couture classes and baccalaureate programs.
The tuition fee would be EU€10.450 (US$13.230) per year. The fashion schools brings a great value on your CV and it also offers the prestige of belonging to a school associated with the commissioning body in charge of determining what can be categorized as “couture”. Among the school’s alumni are Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, André Courreges, Adeline André, Alexis Mabille, Anne Valérie Hash, Bertrand Guyon,Issey Miyake, Jean Colonna, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Jens Laugesen, Jérôme Lhuillier, Julien Fournié, Rabih Kayrouz, Tomas Maier. Read all about it.
#2. Istituto Marangoni / L’Ecole de Mode
Istituto Marangoni was founded in 1935 in Milano as “Istituto Artistico dell’Abbigliamento Marangoni” and in 2015 it reaches a 80 years of history and success in training the top professionals of Fashion and Design. Located in Milano, Firenze, Paris (L’Ecole de Mode), London, Shenzhen and Shanghai, the international capitals of fashion, design and luxury have the privilege to graduate alumni in this field of study. Read all about it.
The fashion design and business school based in Paris, ESMOD (l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode) has additional campuses in 4 other French cities and 21 schools in total worldwide. Offering programs in fashion design and fashion business to its students, tuition at ESMOD is currently EU€9.900 (US$13.200). ESMOD would be the first and oldest French fashion design school, founded in 1841. Its has invented both the tape measure and the mannequin. Its alumni were: Thierry Mugler and Nina Garcia. Read all about it.
#4. International Fashion Academy (IFA Paris)
The Fashion School of Luxury and Design IFA, is based in Paris, Shanghai and Istanbul. IFA Paris passes on the French fashion and luxury legacy, as well as the sense of innovation and the aptitude to work as a team in an international environment. Read all about it.
“IFA Paris is a fashion school that offers students around the world a vast range of unique and tailored courses. We give students the choice to study in two of the most globally influential fashion capitals in Paris, in Shanghai and now in Istanbul that sets us apart from other fashion schools”, said Olivia Chai (Chairwoman) & Patrick Kouzmine-Karavaieff (Chairman)
#5. The Paris American Academy
The Paris American Academy was founded by Richard Roy in 1965. During the past 40 years, students and professions from 35 nationalities have participated in either the intensive short term seminars or attended a longer four month Spring term or a three year curriculum. The strongly vocational approach prepares students for careers in Fashion, Fine Arts and Interior Design. Read all about it.