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Thursday, November 11, 2010


We all heard this old saying before, as is true in this business of fashion. This concept truly applies to all those "Big Dreamers" out there, and wanting to become an overnight success. You have to first pay some dues people, if that means volunteering, co-ops,or interning, do what it has to take to get this part of the business under your belts. Believe you me, you're going to put to the test by some of the best designing minds out there, so prepare yourself.

I came in the business unaware of how fierce the competition is...naive to say none the least. But oh how quickly that changed. Experience is the best teacher, after having to witness the inner workings of different labels and the team effort it took to bring it all together...I could never put a price on this, the knowledge obtained is immeasurable!


  1. This is great advice especially for me. actually Kind of a reference because although im not really trying to compete with the big dogs I still want to carry out the same structure of Top Name designers


    The course comprises three main pedagogical orientations:

    - Knowledge of the garment based on the criteria of quality and fit
    - Development of creative flair
    - Knowledge of the professional environment

    The average length of each class varies according to the subject taught.

    4 Year Program
    - The aim of the 1st year is to enable students to acquire all the basic principles of the artistic, technical and technological fields.

    - These principles are applied and developed in the 2nd year and in parallel students are taught how to use the computer software specific to C.A.D. (Lectra Systems).

    Fashion design
    - Graphic knowledge, sketches on live model, color initiation, figurine fashion. Clothes and accessories creation, fabric printing (manual and computer PHOTOSHOP.

    - Draping, balancing, proportions, volumes.
    - Muslin on mannequin from fashion design, body volumes and movements, study of balance and proportion.
    - Patternmaking: basic construction, transformation from sketches,
    graduation and placement of pattern pieces, calculation and measurement (manual and computer).

    Material and Tool Technology - Sewing Techniques
    - Specific study of fabrics: the weaves, treatment, knitting, fabric vocabulary,
    - Traditional and industrial sewing techniques, step by step creation of model studied.
    - Technical forms (manual and computer).

    History of Costumes
    - Getting to know history in order to put contemporary fashion into better perspective. Becoming familiar with the important movements of contemporary fashion design.

    New Technology
    Learning how to use PHOTOSHOP during the first year of the course.
    From the 2nd year onwards, introduction to and development of the use of LECTRA software programs (KALEDO, MODARIS V5, DIAMINO)

    Fashion English
    Learning English fashion vocabulary, particularly linked to the fields of design, conception and production.

    Introduction to Marketing and Management
    - General and artistic knowledge,
    - Knowledge of the economic and industrial environment,
    - Marketing and communication.

    In order to take either of the specialization options, students must pass their end-of-third-year exams and be assessed
    by a jury of professionals.
    - Design/Image Specialization :
    Fashion and design culture, “image-based” products, creative development, design, accessories, communication strategy, brand communication policy, visual merchandizing…
    - Product development/studies office specialization :
    Industrialization/production, sourcing, purchasing, planning and managing a collection, cost analysis, marketing, new technology such as LECTRA MODARIS…

    - For a limited number of students with a promising, strong creative potential. Each of them is selected during the last year of training by a company partner. One of its main objectives is to define the structural and educational means which can strengthen the links between the students of couture and the various companies. Another objective is to obtain a certain competences in the “savoir faire” know-how of the industry and profession.

    Once registered at the school, students are automatically insured against accidents taking place at school and they are also covered during their internships in New York City, Philadelphia, and abroad.

    An exam is organized at the end of each school year, the results of which determine if a student moves up into the next year or not.
    Each assessment gives rise to a mark out of 20, the pass mark therefore being 10 or above.

    - The minimum age required for admission is 18 years old.
    - Students must have the baccalaureate or an equivalent qualification.
    - They must have notions of drawing and a creative flair.
    Selection is made on the basis of a student's school record, portfolio of personal work, accompanying letter and an individual interview.